Weather and Sea conditions


Tides and Currents

Amplitude of tides averages 1.2m with possible variations between 0.4 and 2.1m.

Surface currents, mainly influenced by the Guinea currents, generally flow towards the southwest and rarely exceed a speed of 1 knot.


Wind and Sea


Amplitude of tides at the EBOME MARIEN TERMINAL averages 1.2 m with possible variations between 0.4 m and 2.1 m.


The prevailing winds from 4 to 8 knots blow from the southwest sector throughout the year.


The strongest winds, up to 30 knots, are rare and occur from February- May, in October, and in December. They may accompany tornadoes generally travelling from east to west.


The predominant direction of the swell is south-southwest with a trough 0.6 - 1.2 m, from October to February, an a trough 1.1 to 1.6 m, from February to September. Mean period is 5 seconds.


Average visibility is 10 nautical miles. It may be reduced to half a mile by rainfall, especially from June to September.


Surface currents, mainly influenced by the Guinea currents, generally flow towards the southwest and rarely exceed a speed of 1 knot.


The year is characterized by two seasons:
- Rainy season from June to September
- Variable season from October to May with low rain frequency.

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