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GENERAL (See Plan) VHF: Harbour Master has VHF for communication between vessel and office
on Channels 12, 13 and 16. Listening watch on Channel 16 from
0800 – 1600 hrs. from Monday to Friday. Harbour Master can be contacted
GEO-POLITICAL: after hours by arrangement through Agent or Coast Station ‘‘ZKR’’.
Capital City: Avarua. Tug assistance on VHF Channel 14.
Nationality: (noun) Cook Islander, (adjective) Cook Islander. TUGS: Small tug ‘‘Toa’’ available (4.5 ton BP) to assist with mooring.
Population: 21,923. Also see ‘‘Pilotage’’ and ‘‘VHF’’.
COMMUNICATIONS: BERTHS: Vessels berth port or starboard side to as necessary, depth
International Direct Dial Code: 682. alongside 4.5 m. below MSL.
Number of Internal Airports: 2. Inner Overseas Berth: Length 128 m.
Major Languages Spoken: English (official), Maori. Outer Overseas Berth: Length 135 m., max. depth alongside 6.0 m. below
Currency: 1 New Zealand Dollar (NZD) of 100 Cents. Swinging basin for vessels of length not over 95 m., draft 5.5 m.
Exchange: (as of May 2008) BULK FACILITIES: No facilities.
US$ 1.00 ␦ NZD 1.28 CONTAINER FACILITIES: Operator: Cook Islands Ports Authority.
NZD 1.00 ␦ US$ 0.78 Tel: +682 21921. Fax: +682 21191. Email:
Exchange rates under licence from
Facilities: Vessels must use own cranes for discharge. 1␺15 tonne,
Main Industries: Fruit processing, tourism, fishing, clothing and 1␺25 tonne and 1␺40 tonne forklifts available.
ENVIRONMENT: PASSENGER FACILITIES: Cruise ships normally anchor in the roads
and ferry passengers ashore by tender. No special facilities available.
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m. However, a landing has been established for cruise ship tenders. Cruise
Other Maritime Claims: Continental Shelf: 200 n.m. or to the edge of the ships up to LOA 120 m. have berthed in the port, by arrangement with Harbour
continental margin. Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m. Master.
Coastline Extent: 120 km.
Climate: Tropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; a dry season from TANKER FACILITIES: Small tankers from Fiji, using ship’s 150 mm.
April to November and a more humid season from December to March. hose for discharge. The oil shore manifold is sited at the northern corner of
Natural Resources: NEGL. Shed No. 1 in Avatiu harbour.
Natural Hazards: Typhoons (November to March). LPG/LNG FACILITIES: LPG is piped directly from the ship to the bulk
Terrain: Low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south. terminal.
HOSES: Vessels provide own hoses.
CRANES: 1␺25 tonne crane and 1␺25 tonne mobile crane.
AVATIU, Rarotonga, including Avarua: STEVEDORES: Arranged by Agent.
21␥ 12' S 159␥ 47' W (See Plan) Hatches: By crew or stevedores to vessel’s convenience.
Cargo Gear: Ship’s gear for discharging and loading.
OVERVIEW: A small enclosed general cargo port with two berths, handling Also see ‘‘Container Facilities’’.
general cargo, cruise vessels, tankers and LPG vessels. BALLAST: No facilities. Ballast is not permitted to be pumped overboard
LOCATION: On the northern side of Rarotonga. within the port limits. However, ballast may be taken on in the port limits.
CHARTS: BA Chart No. 1264. WASTE DISPOSAL: Collection service available by arrangement with
New Zealand Chart No. 9558. the Ports Authority.
PORT LIMITS: From where Long. 159␥ 47.8 ' W crosses the coast SLOPS DISPOSAL: Very limited slops disposal by arrangement with
northwards for 0.5 n.m., thence eastwards to a point 0.5 n.m. north from Ports Authority.
where Long. 159␥ 47.6' W crosses the coast and along that line to the coast. MEDICAL: Medical and hospital facilities available. International
DOCUMENTS: Health: vaccinations/inoculations required depending on prior ports of call.
1 Crew List FRESH WATER: Available at berth.
International Maritime Declaration of Health FUEL: Automotive diesel distillate available for delivery by trucks and can
1 Passenger List. be arranged through Agent. Due to limited storage facilities, as much notice
Customs: (Immigration). as possible required.
2 Cargo Manifests showing weight or measurement (basis on which freight
CHANDLERY: There are no ship-to-shore services available as a regular
daily schedule. However, there are occasions when vessels are anchored
Clearance from Last Port
off the Avatiu harbour or in the roads that requests for boat transport are
2 Crew Lists
provided by the small tug of the Ports Authority after application by Agent.
Each disembarking passenger to complete a landing card and baggage
Bananas available at times. Green vegetables are sometimes difficult to
obtain. Oranges, lemons, mandarins available March to August, pineapples
2 Passenger Lists (landing and transit).
November to February.
Agent: The Agent is the General Manager of the Ports Authority, Rarotonga, Cook
5 Cargo Manifests Islands. Fax: +682 21921.
1 Crew List
1 Passenger List. STORING: Storing is available by truck to the wharf after the truck has
been searched and cleared at the main gate. Forklift trucks and local riggers
ISPS COMPLIANCE: Port is compliant. can be used to assist with storing. Arrangements for storing can be made
MAX. SIZE: LOA 90 m., draft 5.8 m., airdraft 24.0 m. Larger vessels must through the Agent. Vessel at anchor can be stored by boat.
seek permission from Harbour Master. Roadstead no restrictions. SERVICES: Very limited.
DENSITY: 1025. DRY DOCK: See ‘‘Papeete’’ and ‘‘Auckland’’.
RESTRICTIONS: The port operates vessel movements from sunrise to REPAIRS: Only minor repairs possible such as welding and repairs to
sunset and is only open for movements outside these times at the Harbour pumps and other auxiliaries.
Master’s discretion.
POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Police Tel: 999. Ambulance Tel: 998.
Bridges: None. Fire Tel: 996.
APPROACHES: Avatiu harbour is entered with Avatiu harbour leading SECURITY/GANGWAY: Not necessary. Shore gangway available.
lights in line, bearing 193␥. The front leading mark (white metal beacon,
surmounted by an orange triangle, point up 9 m. in height, fixed blue light at TIME: GMT minus 10 hours throughout the year.
night), stands on a wharf at the head of the harbour. The rear leading mark LOCAL HOLIDAYS: Cargo cannot be worked on any Sunday or on
(white beacon, surmounted by an orange triangle, point down 12 m. in height, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Other holidays: New Year’s Day; Easter
fixed blue light at night), is situated 50 m. south of the front light. Monday; 25 April (Anzac Day); Queen’s Birthday (1st Monday in June);
It is advisable during the approach to pass through the reef to keep east Constitution Celebrations (4th Monday in July); 26 December (Boxing Day).
of the leading line to allow for the normally west setting current. WEATHER/TIDES: Port is exposed to northerly winds and sea. On
PILOTAGE: Not compulsory at present. However, Pilot available. Arrange occasion with continuous northerly winds, the port may be closed to traffic
through Agent at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Pilot boards from 10.5 m. and vessels will be ordered to clear the port. This occurs on average once
aluminium tug ‘‘Toa’’, equipped with VHF Channels 6, 12, 14 and 16. Pilot a year.
normally boards 0.5 n.m. off entrance to Avatiu on line of leads. DELAYS: Normally no delay in berthing. Only reason would be another
Also see ‘‘Tugs’’. vessel occupying the berth.
ANCHORAGES: Prevailing wind is SE and the anchorage between CONSULS: France, New Zealand and UK are represented.
Long. 149␥ 46.9' and 149␥ 46.3' W along the 30 m. depth contour shown on
NZ Chart No. 9558 is safe except in some instances when wind and/or sea TELEPHONES: Telephone available at wharf gate for emergency
are fresh from NW through NE 4 – 5 shackles of cable in the water has been services.
found the most satisfactory in normal circumstances. Depth 45.7 m. NEAREST AIRPORT: Rarotonga International Airport, 1.6 km.
PRATIQUE: Vessels arriving from overseas requiring free pratique should, BANKS: Westpac Banking Corporation. Fax: +682 20802.
not later than 12 hours and not earlier than 24 hours before arrival, inform ANZ Banking Group Ltd. Fax: +682 21760.
th Port Health officer/inspector of the following by radio: CUSTOMS: Tobacco 200 cigarettes, or half pound tobacco or 50 cigars.
a) ports of call during the past 15 days (inclusive) Wine and/or spirit: one opened bottle of either wine or spirits, or a reasonable
b) particulars of all infectious disease onboard including any in which quantity of beer per person, for consumption on board. In no circumstances
there has been recovery from, in the 7 days prior to, arrival. may any wines, spirits or beer be brought ashore.
Other vessels will be required to proceed to anchor until Customs,
Immigration and Quarantine visit the ship.
SHORE LEAVE: No restriction.
PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION: Call sign ‘‘ZKR’’. Continuous REPATRIATION: Confined to repatriation of crew landed for
listening watch maintained on VHF Channel 16. Vessels are to advise ETA hospitalisation.
at least 48 hours prior to arrival, updated 24 and 12 hours prior to arrival. At IDENTIFICATION CARDS: All crew members are required to have
48 hours, vessels are to provide a Crew List and a list of the last 10 ports photographic identity provided by the company. The ship is to provide the
visited to the Harbour Master. gatehouse with a Crew List prior to allowing shore leave, and persons without
Also see ‘‘Pratique’’. ID and not on the Crew List will be refused entry to the port.

See guidelines for compiling and submitting information (page xi) 733 Contact: E Howard. Email: info@ports. Rarotonga. Email: Cook Islands. AUTHORITY: Ministry of Transport. Cook Islands. Tel: +682 Contact: John Fallon. Ports Authority. FAX: +682 28816. 734 Readers are encouraged to send updates and additions (page xi) .co. PO Box 84. Rarotonga. Director of Email: hbrmstr@oyster. Harbour Master (Tel: +682 28814. Tel: +682 28810. Fax: +682 21191.COOK ISLANDS Avatiu SEAMAN’S CLUBS: None. PO Box 61.