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Sector 5. New Caledonia

Baie de Kuto (22°40'S., 167°26'E.), just N of the Kuto

Peninsula (22°40'S., 167°28'E.) is generally used by vessels visiting Ile des Pins. The holding ground is fairly good, but a swell penetrates into the bay and cause vessels to roll. Large vessels anchor outside the bay, but as close in as is possible to avoid the swell coming around the Kuto Peninsula. Depths of more than 9m may be found if the W extremity of the penin- sula is kept bearing less than 200°. This anchorage, as well as the approaches to it, requires local knowledge.

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Baie Ouameo, on the NW side of Ile des Pins (Kunie),

affords anchorage according to draft, and is accessible from the N by two passages, one on either side of Recif Tiare (22°28'S., 167°23'E.).

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The W passage is 1 mile wide, and with Pic Nga bearing

147°, will lead through it towards Recif Numae, about 2.8 miles S of the S extremity of Recif Tiare. The E passage is narrow, but free of dangers in the fairway. Pic Nga, in line with the W side of Ile Moretiga (22°32'S., 167°26'E.), bearing about 156°, will lead through it. The reefs in the vicinity of this passage can be easily distinguished.

The passes and the anchorage require local knowledge and may best be seen on the chart.

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Mouillage de Gadji (Gadji Anchorage) is sheltered by a

barrier of reefs, and may be entered from the NW or E. The NW approach is via Passe de Uapan (Passe de Gadji), N of the reefs and islets that separate the anchorage from the bay, with Pic Nga bearing 165°. When Ile Gie (22°30'S., 167°26'E.), the N of the wooded islands which extend NW from Ile des Pins, bears 270°, alter course to 117° and steer for the anchorage. To enter by Passe de Oupe (Passe de Upe), the E entrance,

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steer with Pic Nga bearing 191°, slightly W of a small beach at Oupe (22°33'S., 167°31'E.) until clear of the E extremity of the reef forming the N side of the anchorage; then steer 256° and anchor, in depths of 29 to 35m, with moderately-good holding ground, about 0.5 mile offshore, about 1.3 miles E of the N extremity of Ile des Pins. The passes and the anchorages listed above require local knowledge.

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Baie de Ougo (Ugo Bay) (22°34'S., 167°33'E.), on the NE

side of Ile des Pins, is open to the N and affords temporary anchorage only to small vessels having local knowledge. To reach the entrance of the bay, steer a course of 210° for Pic Nga. When W of the reef which forms the E side of the bay, turn S and pass E of the N island in the bay. The anchorage is 0.15 mile E of this island. A 3.7m patch lies 0.2 mile N of the N island in the bay.

Passages Between Ile des Pins and New Caledonia

5.8 Passe de la Sarcelle (Sarcelle Passage) is the first passage of any importance through the reefs lying NW of Ile des Pins. This passage, which is about 12 miles from Ile des Pins, is wide and free from any known dangers. The passage may be recognized at 2 to 3 miles by Rocher Ietendi (Ietendi Rock) (22°26'S., 167°13'E.) about 3m high, located on and near the E end of Recif Nokueka (Nokoueka). The islets Ile Ndie (22°31'S., 167°14'E.), Amere (22°27'S., 167°06'E.), and Kie (22°23'S., 167°04'E.) make it possible to recognize the pass and fix position if Rocher Ietendi (Ietendi Rock) is not seen.

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Passe de la Sarcelle is traversed by strong tidal currents. There is a heavy sea when the wind is against the current. Mouillage d’Amere (22°26'S., 167°09'E.), N of Recif

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Gunoma and Passe de la Sarcelle, affords temporary anchor- age, but is deep and provides little shelter in bad weather. This anchorage is located within a nature preserve and is

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bound by a Restricted Area best seen on the chart. Entry into this Restricted Area is prohibited without permission.

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Banc Coetlogon (22°18'S., 167°07'E.), on the N side of the

E entrance to Canal de la Havannah, about 12 miles NNW of Passe de la Sarcelle entrance, has a least depth of 9.1m. As there may be other undiscovered patches, a good lookout from aloft is necessary at all times. The clearness of the water in this locality allows the bottom to be seen at a sufficient distance to avoid shoal depths. Several charted shoal patches lie N of the reef, while a 12m patch lies SE of the reef.

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Canal de la Havannah (22°20'S., 167°05'E.), about 3 miles

SW of the S extremity of Banc Coetlogon, is the passage normally used by ships approaching from the SE, E, or NE, and bound for Noumea, about 40 miles W. The E entrance is about 1.3 miles wide between Recif Komekame (22°21'S., 167°04'E.) to the S and Banc du Vandegou, on the NW side of the fairway. The sea will break at times in the entrance when winds are counter to the currents, giving the impression that it is breaking on reefs. The channel has been swept to a depth of 10.5m. A string of shoals and dangers, including Bancs Kie and Banc Ionontea, extends parallel to, and to the S of. the route. A local magnetic anomaly was reported to exist in Canal de la Havannah.

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Tides—Currents.—The flood current sets SW, and the ebb

NE; they have a velocity of 3 to 5 knots. The flood is es- tablished about 1 hour before LW, and the ebb about 1 hour before HW. About the time of the change of tide, there are violent eddies, and caution should be exercised.

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Great care should be taken in approaching Canal de la Ha-

vannah. Strong and variable tidal currents may be encountered setting NW towards Banc du Vandegou (22°20'S., 167°03'E.) or SE towards Recif Komekame, where several wrecks have occurred. When there is a strong NE wind during ebb current, the sea is often very heavy in the entrance to Canal de la Havannah. It sometimes happens that the current eddies, extremely violent and constantly shifting, make the sea very rough and choppy, and give the reefs between New Caledonia and Ile des Pins an unbroken appearance. Small vessels and boats should then wait for the flood current before navigating the E part of Canal de la Havannah.

The flood current is stronger on the N side of Recif Ioro, and the ebb current is stronger on the S side.

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Aspect.—A vessel coming from the SE will first sight Pic

Nga, the summit of Ile des Pins; if coming from NE, it will sight the mountains of the E coast of New Caledonia. At a dis- tance of 30 miles from the coast, the mountains have the fol- lowing aspects beginning at the S: 1. A row of conical hills. 2. A long crest without identifying marks. 3. A cut in which there is Mont Gouemba (Mount

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