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Tides—Currents

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Information on currents and tidal currents in the reef passes

and channels leading to Noumea are given in the respective channel descriptions.

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range is 1.1m.

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The mean range of tide at Noumea is 0.8m, while the spring In the roadstead, tidal currents are weak, setting N on the

flood and S on the ebb. In Petite Passe, the flood sets ENE and the ebb WSW; currents are a bit more sensitive here.

Depths—Limitations

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Petite Rade, approached from the SSE on the alignment of

the Ile Nou range lights, is entered via Petite Passe, which has a least depth of 11m on the 055° range shown from Noumea. The commercial berths lie along the N side of the harbor, while the S side is comprised of a naval base, contained within a Pro- hibited Area, best seen on the chart. Ancien Quai, fronting the town, offers three berths. The largest berth offers a length of 149m, with alongside depths of 7 to 7.5m. Quai des Paque- bots, at the N end of the harbor, has facilities for passenger vessels. It can accommodate vessels up to 170m long, with a maximum draft of 9.5m, but has been reported (1998) to be 275m long, with a dredged depth of 11m alongside.

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Grande Rade is approached by a recommended route, best

seen on the chart. The N shore of this harbor is formed by Presqu’il Ducos, indented by several bays. Detached patches and spits extend from the N shore of the bay, and are best seen on the chart. The harbor’s S shore is formed by Ile Nou. Banc des Japonais, with a least charted depth of 7.6m, lies up to 0.6 mile off Ile Nou’s shore. Several other shoal patches and banks extend from the shore of the harbor, and may best be seen on the chart.

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The approach from the harbor entrance to its head is marked

by range lights, in line bearing 116°. The least depth shown on the range line is 10.1m.

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Baie des Dames (22°14'S., 166°24'E.) offers two berths to

vessels handling petroleum. A T-headed pier flanked by two dolphins offers berthing to vessels up to 100m in length and has alongside depths of 5.5m. A multi-point mooring, consist- ing of five mooring buoys, is situated at the bay entrance, and offers a berth to tankers with a maximum length of 200m and a maximum draft of 10.7m.

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Baie Numbo (22°15'S., 166°25'E.), 0.5 mile SE of Baie des

Dames, has a cement wharf situated on its E side and is utilized by vessels with a maximum length of 260m and a maximum draft of 9.7m.

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Presqu’ile Doniambo, 1.5 miles SE of Baie Numbo, has a

quay at the nickel smelting works. Tankers, up to 260m in length with a maximum draft of 9.7m, use the NW end of the quay; the center of the quay has ro-ro facilities.

Anse du Tir, SE of Presqu’ile Doniambo, offers berthing with alongside depths of 5m to coastal vessels.

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Pointe Lambert Quay, immediately SSW of Anse du Tir, is

750m long and can accommodate vessels with drafts of 6.5 to 10.3m.

Sector 5. New Caledonia Aspect

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An old lighthouse is situated on a 90m hill above the city.

The cathedral, about 0.4 mile S, is a massive white structure with two towers, the SE of which is the front light of a 055° range, and is conspicuous.

A passenger terminal building 0.6 mile WNW of the cathedral is conspicuous, as is a monument in the form of a cross of Lorraine, which stands on Mont Coffyn, 0.5 mile SSE of the cathedral.

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A prominent satellite antenna exists on Ile Nou, and is a

useful landmark.

Pilotage

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Pilotage is compulsory for all foreign vessels and warships. French warships are exempt from pilotage, as are pleasure

craft less than 60m in length. Masters of pleasure craft less than 60m in length are advised to consider engaging the ser- vices of a pilot if unfamiliar with the area.

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Pilotage for New Caledonia is centralized at Noumea.

Vessels proceeding to Noumea should order the pilot at least 24 hours in advance.

Pilots and Port Contact Info

Telephone

Port Authority 687-255000 Harbormaster 687-785736 Pilots

Fax

Port Authority 687-275490 Harbormaster 687-283772 Pilots

687-277178

E-mail

Port Authority noumeaportnc@canl.nc Harbormaster noumeaportcap@canl.nc Pilots

pilotage@canl.nc

The pilot will board vessels at various locations depending on the vessels’s cargo, direction of approach and destination. For vessels approaching Passe de Boulari, which is the W

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entrance to Noumea, the pilot will board 3 miles SW of Ame- dee Light. For tank vessels, the pilot will board 7 miles SW of Amedee Light.

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The pilot may board tankers bound for Noumea 5 miles off

Passe de Dumbea by prior arrangement, however, no guide- lines have been published for ordering pilotage for tank vessels required to use Passe de Dumbea. Tankers, with 1,500 tons or more of black oil or with more than 20,000 tons of clean oil, must proceed to Passe de Dumbea with a pilot on board. Ves- sels are urged to send their request in advance of arrival. A des- ignated pilot boarding area is located 1 mile seaward of the pass in position 22°23'S, 166°41'E.

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