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Sector 9. The Bismarck Archipelago

miles SSW, is fringed by reefs and fronted by dangers to a dis- tance of 2 miles. A reef, with some rocky islets on it, extends 2 miles E from Cape Heussner. There is a narrow passage be- tween the inner islet and the reef fringing the cape.

Kimbe Bay, between the Willaumez Peninsula and Cape Turkoro, is spacious but is encumbered by reefs.

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along the shores of Talasea Harbor. Many uncharted coral heads have been reported in the harbor.

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Stettin Bay, spacious and deep, indents the coast between the

S entrance point of Talasea Harbor and an unnamed point located about 6.5 miles W of Cape Hoskins. A river flows into the bay, about 13 miles SW of the unnamed point.

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The shores of the bay are fringed by a reef; detached dangers

are up to 4 miles offshore. Vessels with local knowledge can anchor, in 37m or more, from 1 to 2 miles from the head of the bay. Such vessels should make the approach only under favor- able conditions of light.

9.56 Kimbe (5°33'S., 150°09'E.) (World Port Index No.

56835), which is the District Headquarters for this area, is situated 2.75 miles NE of Mount Du Faure on the N coast of New Britain Island.

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Depths—Limitations.—Kimbe Wharf, built from re-

claimed land, consists of Berth No. 1, a T-shaped pier face, 120m long, with a depth of 12m alongside. A dolphin is situa- ted about 25m NW of the pier. Berth No. 2 is 50m long, with a depth of 5.5m alongside and stands inshore of Berth No. 1. Vessels may berth at Kimbe Wharf either port or starboard side-to as the pilot may advise.

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Sunset over the Willaumez Peninsula and Kimbe Bay

Kimbe Island (5°12'S., 150°22'E.), 148m high, is marked

by a light shown from its summit.

Oto Reef, 8.75 miles SSW of Kimbe Island, is marked by a beacon.

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Wulai Island (5°21'S., 150°29'E.), about 5 miles NNW of

Cape Hoskins, is surrounded by a reef with two deep passages on its SW side. A narrow, but clear passage, marked by range beacons, leads through the SE part of the reef. Good anchorage can be taken by vessels with local knowledge, in 10.9 to 46m, inside the reef.

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Lollo Reef lies between Wulai Island and Cape Hoskins. Wangore Bay, between Cape Heussner and the N entrance

point of Talasea Harbor, about 12 miles SSE, is deep and exposed. A number of islets and reefs are up to 3 miles NE of Cape Heussner.

9.55 Garua Harbor (5°17'S., 150°05'E.) is entered about

13 miles SSW of Cape Heussner. The harbor is protected, but there are reefs and rocks lying within about 3.5 miles of the entrance.

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Garua Island is in the entrance of the harbor, close NE of the

S entrance point. There is a jetty off Talasea Government Sta- tion, on the S side of the harbor, close within the entrance. A jetty is situated on the N side of Garua Island.

Observation Island, reef fringed, is about 0.8 mile NNW of the N end of Garua Island.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage can be taken by vessels with local

knowledge off the government station. The anchorage, in 40 to 46m, S of Observation Island, has a rocky bottom.

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Caution.—The appearance and disappearance of various

islets and reefs have been reported in this vicinity, apparently due to volcanic action. Great care is necessary when navigating in these waters. Several geysers and mud springs are found

Berth No. 3, standing on the E side of the Small Ships

Wharf, is 17m long, with a depth of 5.9m alongside. Berth No. 4 and Berth No. 5 stand on the W side of the same wharf. A barge ramp, which is 9m wide, projects from the shore stands close E of the Small Ship Wharf. Caution is advised as an ob- struction lies 0.35 mile NE of the wharf.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory. Notice should be given 4

hours before ETA and 6 hours before ETD, with amendments at least 2 hours before each, if required. The pilot boards 1.9 miles SSE of Grabo Reef.

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Anchorage.—The Quarantine Anchorage is situated 2 miles

NE of the wharf. 9.57 Commodore Bay, encumbered by reefs in its outer

part, indents the coast between Cape Hoskins, which is bold, cliffy, and backed by high mountains, and Cape Reilnitz, about 13.5 miles East. Cape Reilnitz is a spur of Saddle Mountain, which rises to a height of about 213m 1 mile ENE.

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Islets, reefs, and detached dangers lie up to 6.5 miles off-

shore between the E entrance to Commodore Bay and Cape Koas, about 27 miles NE.

Bangula Bay (5°24'S., 150°55'E.) is entered through a wide and deep channel between Stein Reef and Karel Reef.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in 37m, in Planet

Bay, a small cove indenting the SW corner of Bangula Bay; rocks, with depths of less than 1.8m, SW of the anchorage should be avoided.

Anchorage is also available between Karel Reef and the SE shore of Bangula Bay.

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Due Reef (5°17'S., 150°58'E.), marked by a light, lies 3.5 miles W of Apapulu.

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Small vessels with local knowledge can anchor about 0.4

mile W of the mouth of the Olimo Tavo River, about 4 miles SSW of Cape Koas.

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Vessels can also anchor in an open cove about 8 miles SW of

Cape Tokoro and about 0.4 mile offshore. Smaller vessels can anchor farther in, about 0.1 mile offshore, in 29m.

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