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Sector 5. New Caledonia

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Aspect.—The entrance to Baie de Bourail may be identified

in good weather by heading for Table Ounio, 1,006m high, bearing 072°. This peak stands 14 miles NNE of Ile Mara. When close in, Sommet Nekou, 486m high, and Mont Nepou- rou, 537m high, lying about 1.5 miles N and 3 miles E, re- spectively, of the white beacon at the head of the bay, are con- spicuous.

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Ilot Siande (21°40'S., 165°27'E.), lying on the E side of the

coastal reef, is wooded and makes a good mark for entering the bay.

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N’diadiou Bluff lies on the E side of the entrance and be-

tween it and another bluff, 64.9m high, about 0.8 mile NNW, is the entrance to Baie N’diadiou, a narrow inlet usable only by small craft.

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Pointe Akaia is the N end of the N bluff, ending in a cliff. A

prominent tree stands on the S slope of the 64.9m summit SE of Pointe Akaia.

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Pointe Mediema, on the W side of the entrance, is backed by

Mont Mediema, 304.8m high, on the summit of which is a white house.

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Vessels with local knowledge can obtain anchorage virtually

anywhere in Baie de Bourail, but the NW part is preferred. The best anchorage lies with Pointe Akaia bearing 128°, in a depth of 10m. Vessels entering the bay to load ore anchor on the in- tersection of the white house and beacon, in line bearing 008°, and the two white beacons on Pointe Akaia, in line bearing 104°, in a depth of 13m.

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There are two mooring buoys close WNW of Punta Akaia. Directions.—There are no dangers in the entrance to Baie de

Bourail, save the reefs projecting up to 2 miles from the shore. Vessels with local knowledge enter with Summit Nekou bear- ing 010°, which leads nearly midway between the reefs. Ves- sels approaching from the N should steer for the cliff on Pointe Akaia, bearing 036°, until Sommet Nekou bears 010°.

Cap Goulvain to Baie de Gomen

5.32 The shore between Baie de Bourail and Cap Goul-

vain, about 11 miles WNW, is reef-fringed. Coupee du Cap Goulvain, entered about 2.5 miles W of Cap Goulvain, has not been surveyed.

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Baie de la Poya, entered by a channel between the reefs, is

only usable by small vessels with extensive local knowledge, as it is encumbered with reefs and shoals. The shores of this bay are bordered by cliffs on either side, and on the E point of the bay are 2 ore loading facilities and an iron hut, both visible from sea. Pic Adio, 752m high, located about 14 miles N of Cap Goulvain, is a good landmark. This peak bearing about 056°, leads to the entrance of Baie de la Poya.

Tankers up to 30,000 dwt, with a maximum length of 170m, can anchor, in 36m, at the intersection of the ranges.

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Ilot Contrariete, low and wooded, lies about 1 mile S of the

E side of the coastal reef forming the entrance of Baie de la Poya.

5.33 Port de Moueo (21°20'S., 164°59'E.) entered through

Passe de Moueo, a tortuous channel, is separated from Baie de la Poya by Presqu’ile Beco and the reef extending SW from it. The pass, which requires local knowledge, is traversed by a channel dredged to a depth of 9m.

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Depths—Limitations.—An ore terminal pier extends 366m

S from the SW point of Presqu’ile de Moueo; a dolphin berth with a depth of 10m lies at the end. Six mooring buoys lie close S of this pier. Ore carriers up to 148m long and tankers up to 100m long can be accommodated. The tanker terminal can accept vessels up to 163m long, with a maximum draft of 8.2m. The liquefied gas terminal can accept vessels with a maximum draft of 4.5m.

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There is a pier, about 259m long, with a depth of 7m

alongside, on the N side of the point located about 1 mile NNE of Recif de l’Observatoire (21°21'S., 164°58'E.). The pier is reported to be in a bad state of repair.

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Aspect.—Good landmarks for identifying Port de Moueo

from the sea are Pico Adio; Aiguille de Muco, 12 miles NW of Pico Adio; Ilot Contrariete; and Cap Goulvain.

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Ile Grimoult, 45m high on its E side, lies on the E side of the

fairway, about halfway between Passe de Moueo and the head of the bay.

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Pico Adio, 752m high, located about 14 miles E of Port de

Moueo, stands between two high mountain ranges, the one to the N presenting an almost perpendicular side.

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To the NNE of Port de Moueo, between Mount Hilo and

Mount Pacua, is Mueo Needle, a slender peak standing on a slightly rounded mountain. Another peak, smaller and less pointed, is located to the E of Mueo Needle. A group of five radio towers stands on the W side of the Presqu’ile Nepoui, about 1.1 miles N of the S extremity; they form a most con- spicuous mark. A light is shown from a pylon close W of the radio towers.

Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory. Arrangements for a pilot should be made at Noumea.

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Regulations—The Nekoro Special Marine Reserve is

located SE of Nepoui. The reserve is bounded shoreward by the high tide mark and seaward by the SW end of the Nekoro peninsula, the NE point of Islet of Didot, and Boukou Point. Certain restrictions may apply.

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Anchorage.—An area suitable for anchorage is located be-

tween the parallels of the S end of Ile Grimoult and the S end of the Moueo Peninsula. This area has been dragged to a depth of 7.9m; the berths are restricted to vessels drawing less than 7.3m. The holding ground is good, and the inner berths are protected, but the outer berths receive shelter only from the reefs and shallow areas.

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Anchorage can be obtained, in depths of 6 to 9m, in the SW

part of the bay in Baie de Nepoui, N of the pier. A spit, with a depth of 1.7m, projects 0.3 mile SW from the E entrance of Baie de Nepoui. A buoy marks the edge of the spit.

Directions.—Port de Moueo should not be entered without local knowledge.

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A vessel should approach Passe de Moueo with the beacons

on Presqu’ile de Beco and Ilot Didot (21°23'S., 165°01'E.) in line bearing 072°. When the light on the N extremity of the reef on the S side of the entrance bears about 150°, alter course to about 092° passing between Buoy No. 1 and Buoy No. 2, which mark the entrance to the buoyed channel. An E course should be then be maintained in the buoyed channel until the range lights on the reef extending SW of Ile Grimoult come into line bearing 031°, ahead, when they should be steered for. This alignment should be maintained until the front lighted beacon is 0.2 mile distant, when course should be altered to

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