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Sector 4. The Kiribati Islands to the Marshall Islands

leads between this reef and the edge of the reef that extends about 0.8 mile SE from Takowa Island.

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Reiher Pass, entered 10.5 miles E of the NW extremity of the

atoll, is encumbered with dangers and has a winding fairway. It has been swept to a depth of 13.4m.

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Acharan Passage (6°14'N., 171°57'E.) is about 0.5 mile

wide between the reefs fringing Narappu Island and Acharan Island. A channel about 135m wide has been swept to a depth of 9.1m.

4.49 Bue Passage, about 1.5 miles SE of Acharan Passage,

is about 0.5 mile wide between the reef on either side, but only 0.1 mile between the 18.3m curve. Numerous reefs and shoals lie within the lagoon, abreast the pass.

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Ennanlik Channel, about 1.3 miles ESE of Bue Passage, is

about 0.8 mile wide between the reef on either side, and is deep in the fairway. This channel should only be attempted by small vessels with local knowledge under favorable conditions of light.

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Northeast Passage, at the NE extremity of the atoll, is front-

ed by a line of dangerous reefs, and is difficult to enter except for small vessels with local knowledge.

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Knox Atoll (Knox Islands) (5°55'N., 172°09'E.) lies about

2.3 miles SSE of the SE extremity of Mili Atoll, being separated by Klee Pass, in which there are reported to be depths of 4.9 to 9.1m. Knox Atoll is about 4 miles long and 0.8 mile wide. It is surrounded by a rough coral shelf. The islands are visited by natives of Mili Atoll for the harvesting of copra.

4.50 Keats Bank, located about 79 miles E of Knox Atoll,

was reported to have a least depth of 14.6m. When first dis- covered, it was reported to lie farther to the E and to have a least depth of 8.7m. Vessels should navigate with caution in this area, as other dangers may exist.

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Arno Atoll (6°58'N., 171°46'E.), about 43 miles N of Mili

Atoll, has the largest land area of any atoll in the Ratak Chain. The islets on the barrier reef are from 1.8 to 2.4m high, and have trees 6 to 21m high. A light is shown from Arno Island, at the W end of the atoll.

Winds—Weather.—Heavy swells set in on the E side of the atoll during strong NE winds.

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Tides—Currents.—A strong tidal current sets across the

fairway of Dodo Passage at the E side of the lagoon. The maximum rate is about 2 knots. The tidal currents turn about 1 hour after HW and LW.

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Depths—Limitations.—Depths of 18.3 to 45.7m are found

in the main lagoon. Areas just within the main entrances have been swept to 14.9m within the limits shown on the chart. There are numerous coral heads in the lagoon, especially on the E and S sides.

Anchorage.—Anchorage can be taken in the swept area, W or S of Dodo Island, but is not safe during NE winds.

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Directions.—Dodo Passage (7°07'N., 171°42'E.) is con-

sidered to be the best channel into the lagoon. It is located on the NE side, about 11 miles S of the N extremity of the atoll.

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Tagelib Passage, about 1.3 miles SSE of Dodo Passage, is

divided into two channels by Enirik (Enirikku Island). On Tagelib Island (7°05'N., 171°43'E.), on the E side of the pass- age, the trees are 25m high, and are higher than on any of the

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islands in the vicinity, so that it is easily identified. The N channel is narrow and encumbered by reefs. The E channel is suitable only for small vessels.

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Caution.—A depth of 13m was reported (1978) 49 miles E

of Arno Atoll. In 1977, breakers were reported 20 miles N of the E extremity of Arno Atoll in position 7°29'N, 171°58'E. It was reported (1977) a shoal with a least depth of 7m lies in approximate position 7°05'N, 172°44'E.

4.51 Majuro Atoll (7°05'N., 171°23'E.) (World Port Index

No. 56400), a vast natural harbor, lies about 10 miles W of Arno Atoll, being separated by Fordyce Channel. The channel is deep and is reported to be clear of dangers. The atoll consists of more than 50 coral islands, most of which are about 1.5m high. It is a first port of entry. Majuro, the largest island of the group, stretches along the S side of the atoll for a distance of 14 miles. The island is 4.9m high in its W part. At the E end of the atoll are the important islands of Djarrit, Uliga, and Delap. Most of the facilities and the principal settlements on the atoll are centered on the three islands, which are joined by a cause- way.

Tides—Currents.—The spring rise of tide is 1.8m, while the neap range is 1.2m.

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A current, which does not exceed 0.5 knot, sets consistently

W in the lagoon. In Calalin Channel, the main entrance of the lagoon, the rate for both flood and ebb is about 1 knot. The currents turn at about the time of HW and LW.

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The tidal currents and the prevailing E trade winds cause a

strong SW set across Calalin Channel at times. Just within the entrance, the maximum flood occurs 4 hours after LW. It sets in a SSW direction at a rate of 0.5 knot. The maximum ebb occurs 3 hours after HW; it sets WNW at a rate of 0.5 knot.

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Depths—Limitations.—The W part of the lagoon is

studded with coral heads. The E part has a few scattered dan- gers, but has general depths of 23.8 to 54.9m. Except for these dangers, the W part of the lagoon has been wire-dragged to a depth of 14.9m.

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All international commercial vessels use the New Commer-

cial Dock (Delap Dock) (7°05.6'N., 171°12.6'E.), on the S side of the lagoon at Delap. The dock is about 300m in length with depths alongside between 16.7m and 18.3m and has been constructed to the W of the islands airstrip. Petroleum products can be transfered here.

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All domestic passenger and cargo vessels use a smaller dock

at Uliga for all their activities, located about 2.7 miles to the N. This berth is 60m in length and has a depth of 9m alongside.

The international and domestic tuna fishing fleet uses the Fisheries Dock, located at the E end of the main commercial dock. This dock has a 40m and a 20m berth, both with 15m of depth alongside.

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A permanent underwater pipeline and mooring, transfers bulk fuel to a small shoreside facility.

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Vessels are urged to contact the local authorities for the

latest information on the facility, as reports differ on the depth of water available here.

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Aspect.—A ship approaching the W part of the atoll report-

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