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Rules for Traffic in the district of the Papeete Port Autonome

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Rules for Traffic in the district of the Papeete Port Autonome

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Recommendations of the Port Authority for runway crossings at Faaa airport in the PAPEETE Autonomous Port district (applicable to all vessels with an air draught greater than 6 meters)


The rules listed below must be scrupulously respected in order to allow maritime traffic to be in line with air traffic.
The Port Watch will be the link with the Faaa airport control tower for runway crossings ("22" for the EAST side, and "04" for the WEST side)

The Port Autonome de Papeete's watchtower can be reached 24 hours a day by :
- VHF 12 or on SSB 2638 KHz
- By telephone (+689) - Emergency line (+689)

> By VHF or SSB, it must be contacted in this form: "VIGIE VIGIE of " Name of your Vessel" (3 times).
Or for English speakers: "PAPEETE PORT CONTROL" (3 times) from "Name of your vessel" (3 times)".

IMPORTANT: All boaters must make sure before any movement in the lagoon of Papeete to have a working VHF on board, or a GSM phone to be able to contact the Port Control.
The Port Authority is the only one authorized to give you the authorization to enter the harbor, as well as the authorization to cross the PAPEETE airport runway.
The VHF 12 watch is mandatory during the whole period of its movement in the Port district.


Procedure for entering/leaving the port of PAPEETE :

The Vigil must be called at least 10 minutes BEFORE entering PAPEETE harbor (Papeete channel is open 24 hours a day)
- You must identify yourself and announce your intentions of movement in the port (your final destination).
- It is necessary to inform the Port Watch before any departure from the marina of Papeete on its intentions of movements.


Procedure for crossing the 2 runway axes:

There are 2 restricted areas on each side of the runway axis at Faaa International Airport. These zones are marked on most marine charts: NAVIONICS, SHOM, CM93,..., which allows you to visualize your position in relation to the entrance of these zones.

The crossing of the runway axes is only authorized during the day (from sunrise to sunset).
The authorization can be refused even if the light seems sufficient for the crossing of your first runway axis, because the lookout can estimate that the light will not be sufficient for the crossing of the second runway axis.

Also be careful to respect the delimitation of these 2 passage areas by positioning yourself on the waiting areas for contact with the harbour watch (marked in yellow on the maps below), and never cross the areas marked in red without express authorization from the watchtower.)

1 - Position yourself and identify yourself on channel 12 with the harbour watch.
2 - Ask for authorization to pass through the zone, specifying your destination (direction of navigation),
3 - The harbour watch then contacts the control tower to obtain authorization to cross the runway axis
4 - Once the authorization is given by the watchtower, you have 5 minutes to cross the runway.
5 - Stay on watch on VHF 12 until the end of the procedure.

WEST ZONE CROSSING - 04 - (Taina marina side)

EAST ZONE CRASHING - 22 - (Papeete side)

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