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Municipality and town
Skyline of Tômbua
Tômbua is located in Angola
Location in Angola
Coordinates: 15°48′S 11°51′E / 15.800°S 11.850°E / -15.800; 11.850Coordinates: 15°48′S 11°51′E / 15.800°S 11.850°E / -15.800; 11.850
Country Angola
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Tômbwa Lighthouse
Porto Alexandre
Ponta do Port
Church in Tombua, Namibe, Angola.JPG
Tômbwa is located in Angola
Namibe Province
Coordinates15°47′02″S 11°51′03″E / 15.784°S 11.850833°E / -15.784; 11.850833
Year first constructed~1930s[1]
Foundationmasonry base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower[1]
Tower shapetripod skeletal tower atop a 1-storey building[1]
Markings / patternwhite building with orange diagonal band[2]
Tower height8 metres (26 ft)[2]
Focal height11 metres (36 ft)[2]
Rangewhite: 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
green: 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)[2]
CharacteristicOc (3) WG 9s.[2]
Admiralty numberD5436[2]
NGA number25716[2]
Managing agentInstituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola

Tômbwa[3][4] (also known as Tombwa,[5][6] Tombwe or Porto Alexandre) is a city and municipality in Namibe Province, Angola.

It is located on the shore of Port Alexander, an important harbor on the South Atlantic Ocean for oil production and fishing. The port had refrigeration facilities installed with European Union assistance at the Tombwe canning factory.[7]

It was during Portuguese Angola the largest fishing port of Angola and one of the largest in West Africa. It was established by fishermen from Olhão, Algarve around 1863 in a sheltered bay, and joined by the fishermen of Póvoa de Varzim in 1921, who left Brazil not wishing to lose Portuguese nationality by becoming Brazilian nationals. Due to the fishing industry, Porto Alexandre gained city status in 1961.

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  1. ^ a b c "Angola". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016.
  3. ^ "Namibe: Municípios". Info-Angola. Retrieved 27 Feb 2010.
  4. ^ Angola Statistics: Namibe Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. GeoHive. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Angola. Instituto Nacional de Segurança Social, Angola.
  5. ^ "Reference Center: Provinces". Angolan Embassy in the United States. Archived from the original on 11 February 2006.
  6. ^ "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved 27 Feb 2010.
  7. ^ Economic Report on Angola by the South African government