20-Apr-2014 -- Before I knew about confluence points I visited the vicinity of confluence point 33S 18E next to the iron ore loading facility at Saldanha bay harbor. At that time I was just curious to see how the loading facility operated. From the dune outside the perimeter fence you could only see big heaps of iron ore and the rail trucks moving and being tipped. I then discovered DCP and realised that I had actually visited this confluence point, but had no prove of it. I promised myself that I will have to get the proof that I had been there. A while ago I saw an article that Portnet had plans to extend the storage capacity at the iron ore loading facility and realized that what had been an easily reachable confluence may become out of reach.
My wife suggested a visit to friends in Saldanha and I thought this to be an ideal opportunity to visit this Confluence.
On 20 April 2014 I cycled from our friends house to the iron ore loading facility and to my dismay found that the wire fence that used to be next to the confluence point had been replaced by stronger fence about 900 m to the north. I was convinced that I would find access somewhere along this fence that would allow access close to the Confluence, which I did and approached the Confluence on foot. The area is sandy dunes which are covered in bushes which are a rusty color from the iron dust. I managed to get to approximately 100 m from the confluence point, not wishing to be chased away as happened to the previous visitor. I got this point at 15:20 h.