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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

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Depths—Limitations.—Geraro Reef, Moto Reef, and Ba-

naru Reef are three extensive detached reefs forming a barrier reef off this stretch of coast. The seaward approach to Keita Harbor lies between Banaru Reef and Moto Reef. Several shoal patches lie off the W side of the passage. Wogoromudo Reef is charted 2.75 miles NE of a conspicuous radio mast, described below.

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A wharf, with an alongside depth of 4.8m, lies 0.35 mile SE

of the radio mast mentioned below. The main wharf is situated on the S side of the harbor, 0.8 mile SE of the radio mast. This facility has a least depth of 7.3m alongside, and will accommo- date vessels up to 183m in length. Two berths each 58m in length, with alongside depths of 4.8m, are situated W of the main wharf.

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Aspect.—Keita Harbor is a natural bay formed between the

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Mountt Bagana from the Solomon Sea

Bougainville Island—East Coast

8.43 The NE coast from Cape Friendship to Luluai Point,

12 miles N, is backed by the mountains with dense woods. This coastal profile continues to Kieta Harbor. There is a defined barrier reef which begins about 4 miles NE of Luluai Point. As best seen on the chart, there are reefs NNE of Rantan Island on the 200m curve. Two other small reefs lie SE of this danger; SE of Luluai Point there is a steep-to reef.

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The principal islands on the barrier reef are Otua Island

(6°27'S., 155°58'E.) and the Zeune Islands. The sea never breaks over the 12 miles of reef that stretches between these islands. Furthermore, the reefs cannot even be seen without the sun in a favorable position; also, the inshore waters of Bou- gainville Island have not been thoroughly surveyed. Because of these conditions, caution should prevail when navigating this part of the coast.

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A light is shown from the E extremity of Otua Island. Anchorage is available along the NE coast of Bougainville in

Torau Bay, Toimonapu Bay, Orowere Bay, and Koromira Bay. Torau Bay lies N of Cape Friendship. The remaining bays are located NW of Laluai Point.

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Koromira Point (6°22'S., 155°49'E.) is marked by a white

house with a red roof flanked by a tower. This conspicuous landmark is reported to be of assistance in navigating adjacent the Zeune Islands. With good knowledge of local conditions, anchor in Koromira Bay, S of the point. About 2 miles NE of the point vessels anchor, in 14m, 0.25 mile off a plantation. Along this stretch of coast between Koromira Point and Kieta Harbor, anchorage is also available in Reboine Bay and Tobo- rei Bay. Anchor in Toborei Bay, in depths of 27 to 31m.

8.44 Keita (6°12'S., 155°40'E.) (World Port Index No. 56855) is a small port situated on the SE coast of Keita Harbor. Winds—Weather.—In heavy SE winds, a heavy sea enters

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the harbor through the passage between Bakawari Island and the mainland S of it.

Keita Peninsula and Bakawari Island; the harbor is about 2.5 miles long, with an average width of 1 mile. Keita Peninsula reaches a height of 406m. At the S end of the peninsula, on a 173m high hill, stands a conspicuous radio mast; a church is situated 1.25 miles ESE of the radio mast. Arovo Island, 61m high, lies off the N end of the Keita Peninsula.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory and should be ordered at

least 12 hours in advance, confirming 4 to 5 hours before arri- val. The pilot boards about 1 mile NE of the pass through the barrier reef. Pilotage is available in daylight only.

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Regulations.—See Pub. 120, Sailing Directions (Planning

Guide) Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia for details on regula- tions pertaining to vessels in the waters of Papua New Guinea. Signals.—The pilots may be contacted on VHF channel 16. Anchorage.—Keita Harbor provides excellent anchorage in all weathers, in a depth of about 45m.

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Directions.—A light is shown from the W end of Moto

Reef, marking the E side of the passage. A light on Banaru Reef marks the passage’s W side. A light is shown from Wogo- romodo Reef and from the edge of the coastal reef 0.6 mile ENE of the radio tower.

8.45 Anewa Bay (6°12'S., 155°33'E.) (World Port Index

No. 56875) was closed in 1989 and is not likely to re-open again in the near future. Information is retained for reference should the port re-open.

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Anewa Bay was an exporter of copper concentrate. The port

is entered between Kerekerina Point and Dokome Point. This is a deep water port which can accommodate any size vessel at the anchorage. Tanks and an electric power station have been built at the far end of the bay.

Tides—Currents.—The maximum tidal range that can be expected in Anewa Bay is about 1.5m.

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Depths—Limitations.—A 1.65 mile wide channel leads

from seaward; Kurukiki Reef, Takanupe Island, and Bara Shoal border the W side of the channel, while Banaru Reef and Kari- kiberia Shoal lie on the channel’s E side. A depth of 5.6m, best seen on the chart, lies 2 miles W of Kurukiki Reef. An ore- loading wharf, situated on the N side of the bay, is 76m in length, with alongside depths of 12.1m.

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Aspect.—Kerekerina Point stands at the end of a neck of

land separating Arawa Bay from Anewa Bay. A power plant, with two chimneys showing red fixed lights, stands 1 mile W of the point. A radio tower marked by a light stands 0.2 mile W of the power station.

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