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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

Lights are shown from Takanupe Island, both entrance points of the bay, and from a hill 0.3 mile W of the power station. Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory and should be ordered at

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least 48 hours in advance, confirming 24 hours before arrival. If the vessel’s ETA varies more than 45 minutes from its previously radioed ETA, it should reconfirm the ETA through Rabaul Radio.

Pilots are available between 0600 and 2200; pilots board 1 mile NE of Kuruki Island.

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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.—Both the harbormaster and the pilot vessel may be contacted on VHF channels 6, 12, and 16.

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Anchorage.—Vessels awaiting a berth should anchor 1 mile

NE of the bay’s NE entrance point, in charted depths of 53 to 60m, bottom quality not stated.

8.46 The NE coast of Bougainville Island, between the

Kieta Peninsula and Cape Mabiri (5°59'S., 155°25'E.), is scat- tered with islands, reefs, and shoals which lie up to 6 miles off- shore. There is little known of them and for the most part they are uncharted.

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Anchorage.—The W side of the Kieta Peninsula in Kobuan

Bay affords anchorage, in 16.5 to 27.4m. It is a clear sheltered bay except for a reef extending 0.3 mile N from the SW open- ing. Arawa Bay, W of Kobuan Bay, has a sheltered anchorage except during heavy NW winds, in 11 to 12.8m, 0.3 mile off Arawa Plantation.

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Rorovana Bay affords shelter during the Southeast Trades,

but is open to the NW. Anchorage is available in the SE part of the bay, but a watch must be maintained for submerged coral patches. At Mabiri Plantation, the best anchorage is reported to be in a small cove on the NW side of Cape Mabiri, though some swell exists there. Between Cape Mabiri and the barrier reef, good anchorage is possible.

8.47 Numa Numa Harbor (5°52'S., 155°14'E.) is entered

between the N end of the reef on which Casuarian Islet stands, and a point about 5 miles W of the reef’s N end. Local know- ledge is required for this anchorage.

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Damback Island lies on the barrier reef about 11 miles NW

of Numa Numa. This barrier reef extends about 10 miles SE from the island, parallel with the coastal reef. Depths of 3.7 to 5.5m extend up to 1 mile NE of the reef of Inus point.

A wreck on a reef, about 1 mile S of Inus Point, is a prom- inent landmark.

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Close NW of Cape Nichuss, there is anchorage, in 18.3 to

73.2m, inside the reef. Beacons, in line bearing 225°, lead to the anchorage; a small timber export wharf lies 0.35 mile NW of the beacons.

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Between Cape Nehuss and Teop Harbor there are no re-

ported navigational hazards outside the barrier reef. This part of the coast has great depths. Small vessels can pass between the off-lying reefs and the coast from Cape Nehuss NW to Teo- pasino. The passage, which is wide and deep, leads inside of Damback Island and Toruta Island. At Teopasino, a partially- sheltered anchorage will accommodate vessels with local knowledge. Range beacons, in line bearing 177°, lead to the anchorage, in 27m, 0.15 mile offshore.

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Teop Harbor indents between a tongue of reefs on which

Teop Island and Horan Island lie. There is shoal water extend- ing about 0.5 mile NE from Horan Island. There is a white stone pillar situated on an island on the W side of the harbor. Deep water extends in close to the shore, and good protection will be found inside the harbor. Anchorage can be taken, in 34.7m, midway between the island on which the white stone pillar stands and a river at the head of the harbor.

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This anchorage requires local knowledge. 8.48 Cape l’Averdy (5°34'S., 155°05'E.) is composed of

white chalk cliffs, heavily wooded, and fringed by a reef. A light is shown from the cape. About 2 miles W of the cape lies the entrance to Tinputz Harbor (Tinputs Harbor), which has con-siderable depths. The shores of the outer harbor are sheer with short stretches of sandy beach, whereas, the shores of the inner harbor are all sandy. Anchorage is taken close offshore because of the great depths. There is a mission station at Tinputz Har-bor. A beacon stands on the coastal reef on the E side of Tin-putz Harbor, 0.3 mile from its head.

Raua Harbor opens about 9.5 miles W of Cape l’Averdy. The entrance is narrow but widens inside, where two small vessels can anchor, in 55 to 64m. The head of the harbor is said to be free of reefs, but mud banks, which change position when the river is in flood, extend 45 to 90m from shore.

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Baniu Bay (Beniu Bay) affords anchorage, in 35m. Depths

of 33m or more are found close to shore. The SE corner of the bay is reported to be foul.

Buka Island

8.49 Buka Island, off the NW end of Bougainville Island,

is separated from it by Buka Passage. The E coast of the island affords no anchorage. This part of the coast is steep, appears sheer with a few sand beaches. Mount Bei, the island’s summit, rises to a height of 500m and is located 10.5 miles N of Cape

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