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"Islands and Atolls in the Mozambique Channel"
by Tony Herrick.
This set of notes covering most of the islands and atolls in the Mozambique Channel are by no means complete, and are intended as a guide to cruising in the channel.
Not much information exists covering the more remote islands and atolls, and care should be taken when navigating in these areas. Many of the charts were surveyed over 30 years ago, and a lot of the position coordinates are inaccurate. Also, due to the ravishes of many cyclones, island defines have changed.
The Mozambique Channel and adjacent coasts remain seldom-visited areas, and are for the most part unspoilt. Most coral reefs are intact and team with marine life. It is an area well worth discovering.
Fair winds and safe anchorages!
IN THE MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL
The separation of the equatorial current
takes place between the parallels of about latitude 10º or 11º in
the vicinity of Cabo Delgado.
During the height of the NE monsoon the separation is at its
maximum N limit, and vice versa.
The south going current in this vicinity
is very strong, attaining a velocity of 5 knots, and setting toward Baixo
Do Pinda, so that vessels bound up or down the coast should
not go to the W of the meridian of Ponta Relanzapo.
There generally is a strong S current at
less than 1 mile off Ponta da Barra
Falsa. When bound N
and clear of Zambia Shoal, the current is much weaker inshore in from
12.8 to 14.6m (7 – 8 fm) and at times there is a counter set to the
The currents are strong around Ilha
do Bazaruto especially in the deep water outside
the edge of the bank.
CURRENTS IN THE MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL
The current most frequently sets NE off Banc de
Pracel and crosscurrents may exist.
In the neighbourhood of Nosy Vao the currents are
variable; eddies are produced by the configuration of the shoals.
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