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Sector 1. Iles Tuamotu, Iles Marquises, Iles de la Societe, and Iles Tubuai

Depths—Limitations.—Passe de Papeete, 110m wide, has a

swept depth of 10.9m on the range line, with general depths of 10 to 45m within the reef. Several shoal patches, some of which are buoyed, lie on the NE and SW sides of the harbor, which may best be seen on the appropriate chart.

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Quai de Petrolier is positioned at the end of a 0.2 mile long

causeway and lies about 0.3 mile SE of the channel entrance. This tanker terminal provides berthage for vessels up to 675m in length, with a draft of 10m. Quai au Long-Coeurs, 0.2 mile E of Quai de Petrolier, is about 450m in length, offering three berths to vessels loading coconut oil. The NE end of the wharf has an alongside depth of 9m, while the SE portion has a depth of 10.5m. Quai de Cabotage, about 0.3 mile NE of Quai au Long-Coeurs, offers a length of 290m and alongside depths of 6m to vessels discharging bulk grain or copra. Quai aux Petro- liers, another tanker berth, situated 0.5 mile NE of Quai de Petrolier, offers depths of 10m to vessels up to 275m in length berthing alongside. Quai des Paquebots, the cruise ship wharf, lies 0.3 mile SE of Quai aux Petroliers and has a length of 232m, with alongside depths of 9m.

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Several small craft fishing and coastal berths are spread out

around the harbor, with alongside depths of 0.5 to 3m. A naval installation, complete with floating drydock, lies in the NE por- tion of the harbor.

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The maximum size vessel permitted to berth alongside is

250m long and drawing 10.3m. However, the longest vessel to berth is the liner Queen Elizabeth II, with a length of 294m; the deepest tanker drew 11.3m.

A vessel with a maximum length of 170m can anchor in Rade de Papeete.

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Aspect.—The deep gorge of the River Faatetai is easily

identified 5.5 miles SSE of the harbor. The gorge lies between Mont Aorai (17°36'S., 149°29'W.), 2,066m high, and Pic Mamanu, 912m high, which lies 3.5 miles S of the harbor and stands prominent between Mont Marau and the W coast of Tahiti.

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Silver-painted oil storage tanks situated near Pointe Fare

Ute (17°32.1'S., 149°34.3'W.) are a good landmark. A con- spicuous radio tower painted red and white stands near Fare Ute.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory and must be arranged at

least 24 hours in advance, confirming vessel’s ETA 1 hour prior to arrival. The pilot boards about 2 miles NW of the har- bor entrance. Pilot for the roadstead or for anchorages of Tahiti and Moorea must be requested 24 hours in advance at Papeete. Regulations.—Restricted areas into which entry is pro-

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hibited have been established at both ends of Papeete Airport runway (17°33.5'S., 149°36.5'W.). Outer zones that enclose these areas have also been established in which the following regulations apply: 1. Navigation in Passe de Papeete is restricted for ves-

sels with a height of more than 20m. In order to proceed through the pass, permission must be requested from the lookout station of the Papeete Autonomous Port. 2. By day, vessels with a height of more than 6m must

seek prior permission from the lookout station of the Papeete Autonomous Port before navigating in Chenal de Faaa and in close proximity to the ends of the airport runway. By night, passage in this area is prohibited to all vessels.

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Signals.—The post office and the pilot may be contacted on

VHF channel 12. Vessels are required to maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 6 while within the waters of Iles de la Societe.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage for vessels 170m in length or less

is available in any portion of the harbor, at least 0.1 mile off- shore, over a bottom of mud, sand, and shells.

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Vessels awaiting pratique usually anchor with the inner

range lights in line and the front entrance range light structure bearing 140°, in a depth of 31m. Vessels waiting for a berth anchor further E, in depths of 18 to 20m.

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Directions.—From seaward, the fairway is marked by a set

of range lights in line bearing 148.5° leading through Passe de Papeete. A second set leads through Rade de Papeete to the E side of the harbor in line bearing 087.5°. If proceeding to berth alongside or to a waiting anchorage, gradually steer E when the tanker terminal is on the port beam, situated about 0.4 mile SE of the entrance. The first set of range lights lead between Recif Soatai and another reef 0.3 mile NE to a quarantine anchorage. Fresh ENE winds generally prevail during the day and cause

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drift, and the cross current in the channel causes set. A large vessel should enter at dawn when the trade wind is usually light.

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Caution.—The current that sets out of Passe de Papeete

attains a velocity of 4 to 5 knots, and at times varying in direc- tion between the N and W. Local magnetic anomalies exist within the harbor.

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about 2.8 miles, from 0.5 to 1 mile from shore, and then turns sharply to the S for 3 miles to Passe de Taapuna.

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Pointe Punaauia (Punaavia) (17°38'S., 149°37'W.) is

located 2 miles S of Passe de Taapuna. From this point, the W coast of Tahiti trends SSE 7 miles to Pointe Maraa, the SW extremity of the island. The coastal reef fronts this coast at a distance of 0.2 to 1 mile.

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An airport has been constructed on the coastal reef parallel

with the coast and extends from Pointe Nuutere, located 0.75 mile SW of Passe de Papeete, to Pointe Faaa. The airport’s control tower and three radio masts, close E of the runway, are conspicuous; all the structures exhibit aircraft warning lights. Chenal de Faaa, inside the barrier reef, connects Port de

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Papeete with Passe de Taapuna. The fairway has a least width of 45m and depths vary from 8 to 27m; however, there are several mid-channel shoals; local knowledge is necessary in making transit of this channel. The channel is occasionally used as a seaplane landing area. The airport is situated through- out the S stretch on the shore of Faaa.

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Passe de Taapuna is dangerous and is not recommended. It is

more than 90m wide between the reefs, but it is encumbered by shoals; one has a depth of 1.7m. Range lights, in line bearing 082.3°, mark the channel entrance. If compelled, use this pass in a calm sea and with sufficient speed to stem the outflow. The current always sets out, especially when the sea is heavy

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upon the reef; at such times, the surf breaks upon the shoals in the pass, which then becomes a mass of breakers.

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Vallee de la Punaruu, 1.8 miles S of Passe de Taapuna, is an

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