Ana Chaves Bay (Portuguese: Baía de Ana Chaves) is a bay on the northeast coast of São Tomé Island in São Tomé and Príncipe. The capital city of São Tomé and its port are situated by the bay. It stretches from the Ponta Oque del Rei in the north to Ponta São Sebastião in the south. Forte de São Sebastião, now part of São Sebastião Museum, occupies Ponta São Sebastião. The port of São Tomé was built at the end of the 1950s[1] on reclaimed land that extends 0.2 miles (0.32 km) north of Ponta São Sebastião; there is a 200 m quay at its north end, with a depth of 3 metres alongside.[2] It is the main port of the country for solid goods; the port of Neves is the main point of entry for liquid fuels.[1] The bay is generally shallow, offering anchorage for small vessels in depths of less than 5 metres (16 ft).[2]

Ana Chaves Bay
Baía de Ana Chaves (Portuguese)
Satellite image of the city of São Tomé and Ana Chaves Bay
Ana Chaves Bay is located in São Tomé
Ana Chaves Bay
Ana Chaves Bay
Ana Chaves Bay at the northeast of São Tomé Island
LocationSão Tomé and Príncipe
Coordinates0°20′52″N 6°43′42″E / 0.34778°N 6.72833°E / 0.34778; 6.72833
Ocean/sea sourcesAtlantic Ocean
SettlementsSão Tomé
Ana Chaves Bay and the centre of São Tomé City

There is a lighthouse at Ponta Oque del Rei at the northwestern end of the bay, built in 1994.[3] Its focal height is 9 metres and its range is 6 nmi (11 km; 6.9 mi).[4] Another light is the São Sebastião Lighthouse at the southeastern end of the bay, built in 1928.[3] Its focal height is 14 metres and its range is 12 nmi (22 km; 14 mi).[4]

In 2011, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe granted a long-term concession to Angolan state oil company Sonangol to control and develop the port in which Sonangol have been reported to have invested US$30 million in developing a free trade zone.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Informação geral, Enaport
  2. ^ a b Sailing Directions (Enroute), Pub. 123: Southwest Coast of Africa (PDF). Sailing Directions. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2017. p. 76.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of São Tomé and Príncipe". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b 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. 2018. p. 442.
  5. ^ "Concession awarded in São Tomé". World Cargo News. 25 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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