FLEET UPDATE 2022-07-25

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

July 25, 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) TONGA OPENS  
2) FIJI TRACKS ARE LIVE 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) TONGA 🇹🇴  OPENS UP with 170 Islands

VAVA'U

Nuku’alofa – Cabinet has today approved the progressive opening of the country’s
borders, with conditions and subject to review, from August 1, 2022.

The Prime Minister, Honourable Hu’akavameiliku, and Cabinet met earlier
this afternoon and approved recommendations from the National Emergency
Management Committee (NEMC) on the ‘Open Border Policy Framework for
Tonga’.

“All travelers entering Tonga must comply with all requirements and
conditions that have been approved,” Hon Hu’akavameiliku said.

“While we are progressively opening the borders we must emphasize that
compliance with the conditions is important to ensuring the safety of
all travelers and our people.”

Flights

Flights from and to Fua’amotu International Airport from New Zealand will
increase to two (2) flights per week between August 1 to August 28,
2022. That will increase to three (3) flights per week from August 29 to
October 31 and further increase to six (6) flights per week after that.

Flights from Fiji will be increased to two (2) from August 1 until October 31
while flights from Australia will continue with one per week.

Review of the number of flights and ships, including cruiseliners, will be at the discretion of the NEMC.

Travelers

All travelers aged 12 years old and above must have been vaccinated twice before they will be allowed to travel to Tonga.

All foreign travelers will need to have travel insurance, which can be
bought when purchasing tickets. Confirmation of hotel booking or
accommodation in Tonga must be sent to the email address
travel@health.gov.to 48 hours before flight.

All travelers will also need to have a legitimate vaccine certificate sent
to the email address and have a copy of the same for check in purposes
and on arrival in Tonga.

Passengers who have medical conditions that stops them from having vaccination
will need to provide proof with a written medical report sent by email
to travel@health.gov.to. But the Ministry of Health has the right to
deny boarding of flight to Tonga if they are not satisfied with the
medical report provided.

Tests

All incoming passengers will need to have a negative Supervised Rapid
Antigen Test (RAT) result within 24 hours of departure, including all
those in transit over 24 hours at any airport on the way to Tonga.

Those who do not present the RAT test result will not be allowed to board flights to Tonga.

Citizens who have not completed their vaccination but wish to return to Tonga
must pay for five-days of quarantine at a government approved facility.
This must be communicated via email to travel@health.gov.to prior to
booking. This is subject to review in October.

Tonga Vava'u

Arrivals

Arriving passengers will need to wear face masks at all times when they arrive
at the airport and follow National COVID-19 Restrictions Directions in
place.

All passengers must fill in the Health Arrival Declaration Form and will
also be encouraged to download the Tonga ‘Atautolu contact tracing app.

A supervised PCR test will be required between Day 3 to Day 5 of
quarantine for quarantined passengers, and results need to be sent to
the Ministry of Health.

Passengers who return positive results will need to self-isolate at home for five days from the date of being tested positive.

Tonga is currently Orange under the Tonga COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework.
This is the second highest level. You need to quarantine for 5 days when
entering Tonga. A curfew is in place from 12am to 5am. Tonga has
extended its COVID-19 restrictions nationwide until at least 4 June.
Facemasks and social distancing are required in public, including at
hospitality venues and on public transport. All businesses are open
except for night clubs. Mobile phone and internet connectivity has been
restored within Tongatapu, following the eruption of the Hunga
Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on 15 January, and work continues to improve
communications in the outer islands including the Vava’u and Ha’apai
groups. Monitor media for the latest developments and follow the
instructions of local authorities. A state of emergency remains in place
due to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.to/press-release/travel-advisory-no-6-for-travelers-arriving-in-or-intending-to-travel-to-tonga/ 

SOUTH PACIFIC FLEET UPDATE LOCATION 2022-07-01

Tonga's Anchorages are in Good Nautical 

2) FIJI  🇫🇯   GPS TRACKS ARE READY FOR USE

Thanks to Chris on Lead vessel SEAGLUB and
several other local yachts we have 38 saved GPS track to explore the
over 370 islands in Fiji avoiding the many uncharted reefs 

Just login to Good Nautical / Fiji and look them on Route Listings links.

If you sail in Fiji please save yoru tracks and send them to us.

You
can also download them in GPX form right into OPENCP  this is an
invaluable aid to navigation in addition to the sat carts - overhead
sunny skies and your  depth sounder .

Good Nautical

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris

3)  THE NEW "COURAGE AWARD 

Indigo Moon

we are adding a new award this season based on the feedback of SY INDIGO MOON

Sharks

touching live sharks in the Tuamotus 

Touching Sharks

at any age this is an unforgettable moment which takes COURAGE 

INdigo Moon

A very calm anchorage

Anchor floats deployed

Floating the anchor chain to avoid coral damage

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪  Kay, Beata & Crew of courage -   Lagoon 42′

4) ENTRY INTO HIGHEST WIND RECORDED AWARD

Blue Heeler

Ibex's Entry

Squalls

Squall on Radar 

Ibex

Florian in his Foul Weather Gear

Ibex in Pago Pago

Arrival in American Samoa 🇦🇸  Pago Pago harbor !

SY IBEX  🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky  - Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

5) SY SEAGLUB VISITING THE  LAU GROUP  🇫🇯  FIJI 

Lau Group

Exceptional anchorages and visually stunning anchorages in the Lau Group 

Kadavu

In the  route back from  the Lau Group you can visit Kadavu

Kadavu
still has 75% of its original rainforest cover and a rich bird
diversity, including four species endemic to the island, the velvet
dove, the crimson shining-parrot, the Kadavu honeyeater and the Kadavu
fantaill. Offshore, stringing around the south, east and then away to
the north, is the Great Astrolabe Reef, a large barrier reef that is one
of Fiji's premier scuba diving resorts.

A
7,800 hectares (19,000 acres) area covering the interior of the eastern
part of the island is the East Kadavu Important Bird Area. It contains
populations of the vulnerable Shy Ground-dove, Crimson Shining-parrot
and Collared Petrel.[

LAU GROUP FIJI IS IN GOOD NAUTCIAL

LAU GROUP FIJI IS IN GOOD  NAUTICAL  in GOOD  NAUTICAL 

This
is also a hot spot for bigger species of marine life, with plenty of
schooling fish, sharks and manta rays during the season.

Fruit Bats

flying fruit bats

Shore party in Vanua Balavu

 

At anchor in Vanua Balavu

The good crew -  Vicky Power

SY  SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

6) IBEX' LEAVING 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

IBEX

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

CATWEAZLE

Picture of the Week

 SY CATWEAZLE 🇬🇧 Harriet & Russell Allures 45′

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

COURAGE AWARD  ✔

*no bill-fish

9)  VIDEO OF THE WEEK

WE SAIL's YOUTUBE channel  https://www.youtube.com/c/WEsail/  

SY VA 🇵🇦  Erica & Warren -  Fountaine Pajot 44′

VAVA

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING 

 

Weather Routing

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John Martin

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of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with weather and passage
planning in the Pacific  for many years is now an official sponsor
of the South Pacific Posse.

10) SHIP WRECKS OF WWII 🇻🇺 VANUATU  

Dive

The SS President Coolidge Wreck one of the top 10 dive sites in the world 
Vanuatu
is up there with one of the biggest accessible shipwrecks in the world
sitting at 198m long and 22,000 tons in weight. Situated a short
distance offshore, all the dives are shore based, with the front of the
boat in just 18 met
ers of water.

A
large military base and harbor had been established on Espiritu Santo
and the harbor was heavily protected by mines. Information about safe
entry into the harbor had been accidentally omitted from President
Coolidge's sailing orders, and on her approach to Santo on 26 October
1942, President Coolidge, fearing Japanese submarines and unaware of the
mine fields, tried to enter the harbor through the largest and most
obvious channel. A mine struck the ship in the engine room, and moments
later a second mine hit her near her stern.

Captain
Henry Nelson, knowing that he was going to lose the ship, ran her
aground and ordered troops to abandon ship. Not believing the ship would
sink, troops were told to leave all of their belongings behind, under
the impression that they would conduct salvage operations over the next
few days.

Navajo (AT-64) during rescue operations

Over
the next 90 minutes, 5,340 men from the ship got safely ashore. There
was no panic as they disembarked; many even walked ashore. However, the
captain's attempts to beach the ship were thwarted by a coral reef.
President Coolidge listed heavily on her side, sank stern first, and
slid down the slope into the channel.

Sinking

USS Tucker  was one of 18 Mahan-class destroyers built for the United States Navy.

First
assigned to the United States Battle Fleet in San Diego, California,
Tucker operated along the West Coast and in the Hawaiian Islands.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Tucker
was undergoing an overhaul and was not attacked. 

Tucker

 
Soon
afterward, she began escorting convoys between the West Coast and
Hawaii. Tucker was then tasked with escort duty to islands in the South
Pacific.

Tucker
steamed out of port on 1 August 1942, escorting a cargo ship to
Espiritu Santo. They entered its harbor three days later, where the
destroyer unknowingly entered a defensive minefield laid by the US Navy.
Tucker struck at least one mine that tore her almost in two, sinking
her and killing three sailors; the rest of the crew survived. 

SS TUCKER

Captain Dietmar @ Wreckdive of USS Tucker near Luganville / Espirito Santo / Vanuatu

Schools
of snapper and jacks circle the exterior, and under the wreckage you’ll
find huge gatherings of tiny glassfish in the smaller cavities.
Batfish, angelfish and coral trout populate the larger overhangs.

Purple
soft corals cling to parts of the engine, winches and superstructure,
while sea fans brighten up the darker parts of the deck and hull.

https://scubadiverlife.com/five-fantastic-vanuatu-wreck-dives/ 

under water Tank

Million Dollar Point
Located off the southern end of Santo, just 6 kilometres from Luganville, is Million Dollar Point

The New Hebrides
archipelago had been a British-French condominium since 1906. In the
spring of 1942, Japanese troops reached the nearby Solomon Islands . As a
result, American troops landed on the New Hebrides in May 1942 to
prevent a conquest by the advancing Japanese.

Since
nothing had been prepared by the British and French to defend the
islands, the Americans set up two military bases on the islands. The
larger of the two, Buttons on Espiritu Santo, was built by 100,000
soldiers in a short time, which doubled the island's population. Then
large amounts of material were brought to the island in order to supply
the South Pacific forces from there.

In
fact, the quantities required for the war in this region were
calculated too generously, since the New Hebrides were already far from
the front six months later. The airfield, the southernmost of the
American troops in the Pacific, served mainly as a target for flights
with the wounded and as a trans shipment point for combat material.

At
the end of the war there were about nine million tons of material
valued at nearly four billion dollars on the island. [ Because shipping
back to America would have been expensive, there were only a few
soldiers on the island and the material had been damaged after years in
the tropical climate, it should not be transported back. An offer by the
Americans to the condominium administration to buy the vehicles,
construction machinery and other work materials for a fraction of their
real value (ten US cents per kilogram) was rejected because it was
speculated that once the Americans had left, they would be sold Possess
items left behind without paying.  Instead, the Americans destroyed
the devices and sank them into the sea between August 1945 and December
1947. The local population could only watch as the Seabees , the
construction troops of the US Navy , poured material over a ramp into
the sea, an estimated 90% of which consisted of non-military objects and
could have been used by the residents. 

Million Dollar Point

11) YACHTING WORLD MARINA 🇻🇺 VANUATU
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Marina is closed Jan - Feb - March * cyclone season

Monohull - vt 2,800 /day

Catamaran - vt 3,000 /day  

117.74 VT = 1 USD ( Jul 22) 

 

Yachting World offers cruising and super yachts a warm welcome to Port Vila Vanuatu. You and your crew will be welcome here and we look forward to seeing you on arrival.

CONTACT

Elsie 

Yachting World

PO Box 1507

Port Vila

Vanuatu

Phone/Fax: International + 678 23273

(if a phone call, ask for Lemara, the office manager)

VHF Ch. 16

email: welcome@yachtingworld-vanuatu.com

Efate Port Vila

12)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

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Tracking

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ripened banana sap is difficult to clean from wgel coat 

15) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

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arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric
Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse
and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

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Cellphone +507 6676-1376

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Pacific Posse American Samoa Pago Pago

🇦🇸 AMERICAN SAMOA 🏝 5

CHILE PICAIRN ISLANDS ECUADOR GALAPAGOS FRENCH POLYNESIA COOK ISLANDS AMERICAN SAMOA HAWAII KIRIBATI NIUE SAMOA TONGA WALLIS AND FUTUNA FIJI VANUATU NEW CALEDONIA SOLOMON ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND NORFOLK ISLAND AUSTRALIA

AMERICAN SAMOA

American Samoa

PORTS OF ENTRY

Tutuila
customs Pago Pago

ENTRY EXIT REQUIREMENTS

 

DOCUMENTATION
IMMIGRATION WEBSITE https://www.legalaffairs.as.gov/copy-of-immigration-office-1

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

American Samoa is the only United States Territory that has retained oversight of its own borders and the Department of Legal Affairs is tasked with protecting our borders and regulating travel to and from the Territory. Specifically, the Immigration Office ensures lawful entry of all travelers into and out of the Territory.

Immigration officers are stationed at all ports to ensure all travelers entering or departing American Samoa have the proper travel documents. Our office is located on the first floor of the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building (also known as “EOB”) in Utulei.

Contact Us

Ph: (684) 633 – 0135 or 1885

Email: immigration@la.as.gov

There are two (2) types of travel authorizations required of all foreign nationals who plan on visiting American Samoa: (1) Entry Permits and (2) OK Boards.

ENTRY PERMITS

Entry Permits are listed as follows:

  • 7 Day Permit – Applicable only to travelers from the Independent State of Samoa and only as a block permit. A minimum of ten (10) travelers is required for issuance of a block permit. Click here for more information. 

  • 14 Day Permit – Applicable only to travelers from the Independent State of Samoa. Click here for more information.

  • 30 Day Permit – Applicable to all foreign travelers. Click here for more information.

  • Multiple Entry Permits – Applicable only to business travelers with affiliations or ties to local businesses.  Click here for more information.

Email the Immigration Office for further information at immigration@la.as.gov

Passport Valid for at least _ months; requires one blank page
Boat Documentation Coast Guard Doc (Original)
Insurance
Crewlist Required at checkin/out
Zarpe Required at checkin/out
Fishing License
Official Procedures
Official Country Visa
Immigration Visa
Required Permits
Upon Arrival Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Captain/Authority
Upon Departure Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Captain
Total Entry & Exit Fees:
Notes:
Recommended Agent:
Other:
Required Vaccinations COVID
Pets
Harbor Master
+1 684-633-2101
Currency: USD

PAGO PAGO

SEVERE WEATHER

WEATHER

PILOT CHARTS SAMOA CLIMATOLOGY

EMERGENCY

Police: 911

Ambulance: 911

Fire: 911

 

SAR (SEARCH AND RESCUE)

 

ARCC Fua’amotu International Airport Tonga

Latitude, Longitude:

(-21.25,-175.1333313)

Telephone: +676 35393
Fax: +676 35395

RCC Tonga Defence Services (TDS)
Latitude, Longitude:
(-21.13330078,-175.1999969)
Telephone: +676 23099
Fax: +676 23934