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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 60m in

length. Pilotage should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance, confirming 2 hours prior to arrival. The boarding ground is sit- uated 2 miles WSW of the channel entrance buoys. By day, the vessel will display the usual signals, while at night it will show a flashing red light.

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Regulations.—At Main Wharf, berthing and unberthing will

occur day or night, by request. At the other wharves, berthing is allowed by day, while departure is permitted day or night. Speed in the harbor is limited to 5 knots.

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Signals.—Vessels should send their ETA through Port Villa

Radio (YJM) at least 72 hours in advance, confirming 2 hours prior to arrival. The pilot station and the pilot vessel may be contacted via VHF channels 16, 6, 8, 12, 13, and 14, from 0630 until 1830.

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Anchorage.—Large vessels anchor just S of the entrance

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Port Vila—Main Wharf—Pontoon Bay

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Depths—Limitations.—Mele Bay is deep and clear of dan-

gers. The approach to the outer harbor passes between shoals extending S of Malapoa Point (Arbel Point), and NW from Ifira Island. There is a least depth of 11.9m on the range line. The N portion of the harbor is deep and clear, except in the NE segment, where foul ground extends nearly 0.2 mile offshore. Pontoon Bay, E of Ifira Island, is deep and clear of dangers,

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except for foul ground extending almost 0.2 mile E from it. The main berths are in the S portion of this bay and will be described below.

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The channel to Paray Bay leads N and E of IIririki Island

(Reriki Island); it is obstructed by three coral reefs, and is marked by buoys. Vessels using this channel are restricted to a draft of 2.7m at HW.

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Main Wharf, situated at the head of Pontoon Bay, has a

length of 212m and an alongside depth of 10.7m. This berth can handle ro-ro and container vessels. Ardimann Wharf, with a length of 50m, has an alongside depth of 8m. This berth is used by small tankers and car carriers.

Several berths, including a petroleum terminal, exist along the shore of Paray Bay, offering alongside depths of 1.2 to 3m. Aspect.—A prominent triple-topped hill is a good landmark

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when approaching Mele Bay, as is a wooded hill on the E side of the bay. A white beacon stands on the W end of the latter hill. Pango Point is the termination of a thickly wooded strip of low land, and may be identified by the hill with the beacon on it, mentioned above. This point should not be confused with another point 3 miles ESE of it. Devil Point (Matao Tiupeniu Point) is low and wooded.

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Port Vila is surrounded by steep, wooded hills. On the E and

N sides of the harbor, there is a narrow flat coastal strip, while white cliffs exist in the harbor’s SE corner. Ifira Island, which has a flat limestone plateau, forms the W side of Port Villa. A drying reef connects it to a flat, wooded peninsula on the mainland S of the island. An overhead cable, with a maximum vertical clearance of 12m, spans the channel between the island and the shore. Iririki Island (Reriki Island), also of limestone and wooded, lies in the E part of the harbor. A reef, partly awash, connects the S end of the island to the S shore of the harbor.

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Mele Bay to Port Havannah

6.19 Devil Point (Matao Tiupeniu Point) (17°45'S., 168°11'E.), the W entrance point of Mele Bay, is a low wooded promontory. It is the S extremity of the peninsula that separates Mele Bay from the entrance to Port Havannah. Some rocky ledges extend a short distance off the point. Strong tide rips and overfalls frequently extend several miles S of this point, even in calm weather.

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Leinamaia Point (Toukoutouk Point), 2.5 miles NW of Devil

(Matao Tiupeniu) Point, is a low tongue of land covered with trees. The open bay on the E side of this point is unfit for anchorage. On the NW side of the point, and 0.25 mile from its extremity, are some white houses that show well from seaward. Vessels can anchor off these houses in 22m, with the extremity of the point bearing 201° and a cliffy point bearing 063°, distant 0.5 mile. Paul Rock lies 3.5 miles N of Leinamaia Point (Toukoutouk Point) and 0.4 mile from the shore.

6.20 Eretoka Island (Eradaka Island) (17°38'S.,

168°09'E.) lies 4.5 miles N of Leinamaia Point (Toukoutouk Point). It resembles a low-crowned hat from all points of view. The NW side of the island is fringed with a reef which extends more than 0.2 mile NW from its NE extremity. A reef extends 0.2 mile from the SW extremity of the island and terminates in

range, with a beacon on the N side of Iririki Island (Reriki Island) bearing 121°, 0.4 mile distant. This berth offers depths of 29m over a bottom of grey mud and fine sand, good holding ground. Anchorage is also available, in a depth of 20m, over coarse sand, good holding ground, with the beacon on Iririki Island (Reriki Island) bearing 091°, 0.3 mile distant. Vessels may also anchor in Pontoon Bay clear of the foul area in the bay’s center, best seen on the chart.

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Directions.—Keep an eye out for the tide rips S of Devil

Point (Matao Tiupeniu Point), and the two fish rafts moored 7 miles SW and 5.3 miles NW, respectively, of Devil Point (Matao Tiupeniu Point) A set of range lights, in line bearing 078°, are shown from the shore of Port Villa, and mark the entrance channel. Beacons stand on the N and S shore of Iririki Island (Reriki Island) and just W of Main Wharf.

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Caution.—The range markers, reported as 6m red triangles

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