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Designation of the Jomard entrance as a particularly sensitive sea area
by Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority (Government)
Description of the Two-Way Routes and Precautionary Area - IMO RESOLUTION MEPC.283(70) (Adopted on 28 October 2016)

The ships' routeing system consists of four recommendatory Two-way routes and a precautionary area through Jomard Entrance, aligned with and centred upon the existing charted preferred route. At the shoalest point within the proposed route, depths are in excess of 200 metres. In the area immediately south of Jomard Entrance, three existing Coral Sea shipping routes converge (and diverge) at Jomard Entrance. A precautionary area will assist with improving the safety of navigational interaction in the region.

A list of geographical coordinates of the four recommendatory two-way routes and precautionary area are provided below.
Two-way route at Jomard Entrance (aligned 005o-185o)
(1) 11o 10'.00S
(2) 11o 18'.00S
(3) 11o 20'.00S
Precautionary Area
(3) 11o 20'.00S
(4) 11o 22'.50S
152o 06'.42E (16) 152o 05'.72E (17) 152o 04'.97E (18)
152o 04'.97E (15) 152o 02'.88E (16)
11o 20'.00S 11o 18'.00S 11o 10'.00S
11o 22'.50S 11o 20'.00S
152o 07'.14E 152o 06'.76'E 152o 07'.46E
152o 07'.59E 152o 07'.14E
152o 01'.18E 152o 04'.14E
152o 06'.05E 152o 06'.35E
South-western Two-way route (aligned 040o-220o)
(4) 11o 22'.50S 152o 02'.88E
(5) 11o 26'.00S 151o 59'.90E
Southern Two-Way route (aligned 005o-185o)
(8) 11o 22'.50S 152o 05'.33E
(9) 11o 26'.00S 152o 05'.00E
(6) 11o 26'.00S
(7) 11o 22'.50S
(10) 11o 26'.00S
(11) 11o 22'.50S
South-eastern Two-way route (aligned 350o-170o)
(12) 11o 22'.50S
(13) 11o 26'.00S
(14) 11o 26'.00S
(15) 11o 22'.50S
152o 06'.56E 152o 07'.22E
152o 08'.24E 152o 07'.59E
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Time-frame: October 2016 - December 2030
National Maritime Safety Authority, Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, National Fisheries Authority, Milne Bay Provincial Administration, PNG Ports Corporation, PNG Customs Services, Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
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Port Moresby Papua New Guinea
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