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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

in excess of 30m. A light marks the E side of Hathorn Sound at Tunguirili Point.

8.22 Port Noro (8°13'S., 157°11'E.) (World Port Index No.

56975), situated on the E shore of Hathorn Sound was devel- oped (1980) as a deep-water facility for vessels loading copra and frozen fish.

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Solomon Taiyo Wharf, 60m in length, is situated adjacent a

fish freezing plant at the N end of the sound. Reportedly the wharf has alongside depths of 9m and will accommodate ves- sels up to 4,000 grt. Noro Overseas Wharf, about 0.8 mile S of the fish pier, has a length of 62m, and a 14m depth alongside. Pilotage.—Pilotage is available on request. The local au-

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thorities may be contacted through the Solomon Islands Ports Authority in Gizo.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available near the head of the

sound, with a low flat island off the E shore, located about 2 miles S of the wharf bearing 098°, 0.2 mile distant, in a depth of 31m, or, in a depth of 33m, a little further N.

Vessels are urged to contact the local authorities for the latest information on this port before planning a voyage here.

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Diamond Narrows, a continuation of Hathorn Sound in a S direction, is only about 90m wide, with a least depth of 9m. The channel is not recommended for deep-draft vessels be- cause of the numerous islands, shoals, and sunken rocks in the S approach.

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Tides—Currents.—Tidal currents run with considerable

strength through Diamond Narrows, but a vessel anchored in Hathorn Sound would not feel its influence. In the narrows they are reported to attain a velocity of 5 knots at strength. The rising tide in Diamond Narrows is N, while the falling tide is S.

Vella Gulf

8.23 Vella Gulf is delimited on the E by Kolombangara

Island, on the S by Gizo Island, and on the W by Vella Lavella. The gulf is wide open to the N. Its S accesses are Ferguson Channel and Gizo Strait. At the head of the gulf is Blackett Strait.

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Lotu Harbor (Sandfly Harbor) (7°59'S., 156°57'E.) and

Meresu Cove (8°02'S., 156°58'E.) are anchorages acceptable for small craft with local knowledge. Meresu Cove, 90m wide, has depths of 18.3m in the entrance and 14.6 to 18.3m within. Vovohe Cove (8°07'S., 157°06'E.) is a safe anchorage for

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small vessels, in 29.3 to 31m. The entrance and most of the cove has been dragged to a depth of 10.7m.

8.24 Ringgi Cove (8°07'S., 157°07'E.) (World Port Index

No. 57005) is located close E of Vovohe Cove. Both of the cove’s headlands are steep-to, particularly the E side of the passage. Passage to the inner cove is restricted to small local vessels. The E side of the cove is formed by a promontory. It has been reported that this port is no longer used for timber exports.

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Depths—Limitations.—Close within the E entrance points

stand some conspicuous tanks, and a wharf 27m long. Some cranes are situated 0.25 mile SSE of the wharf. The wharf has been reported to have depths of 24m alongside, and has also been reported to handle vessels with a maximum length of

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Vella Gulf—Gizo Strait from N

60m, and a maximum draft of 8m. Larger vessels are reported to Med-moor to a bollard.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage has been taken by vessels up to

10,000 grt in the outer part of the cove. 8.25 Blackett Strait is the deep channel which separates

Kolombangara Island from Gizo Island, Vonavona (Wana- wana), and Arundel Island. The S side of its E part is bordered by the barrier reef, which extends to the N of Vonavona and Arundel Island. It is sheer, and this side must be favored when transiting the E part of the strait. The channel is about 3 miles wide abreast Makuti Island, E of which it widens for a short distance, but gradually narrows and is but 0.5 mile wide at its E end where it enters Kula Gulf. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232  |  Page 233  |  Page 234  |  Page 235  |  Page 236  |  Page 237  |  Page 238  |  Page 239  |  Page 240  |  Page 241  |  Page 242  |  Page 243  |  Page 244  |  Page 245  |  Page 246  |  Page 247  |  Page 248  |  Page 249  |  Page 250  |  Page 251  |  Page 252  |  Page 253  |  Page 254  |  Page 255  |  Page 256  |  Page 257  |  Page 258  |  Page 259  |  Page 260  |  Page 261  |  Page 262  |  Page 263  |  Page 264  |  Page 265  |  Page 266  |  Page 267  |  Page 268  |  Page 269  |  Page 270  |  Page 271  |  Page 272  |  Page 273  |  Page 274  |  Page 275  |  Page 276  |  Page 277  |  Page 278  |  Page 279  |  Page 280  |  Page 281  |  Page 282  |  Page 283  |  Page 284  |  Page 285  |  Page 286  |  Page 287  |  Page 288  |  Page 289  |  Page 290  |  Page 291  |  Page 292  |  Page 293  |  Page 294  |  Page 295  |  Page 296  |  Page 297  |  Page 298  |  Page 299  |  Page 300  |  Page 301  |  Page 302  |  Page 303  |  Page 304  |  Page 305  |  Page 306  |  Page 307  |  Page 308  |  Page 309  |  Page 310
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