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There are no ‘internal waterways’ in the Solomon Islands however the waterways between the islands are the most vital links between the 347 inhabited islands. Small craft and coastal freighters transport fuel, food and passengers. Operators are generally private companies and the smaller craft (5 -15m ‘Banana Boats) owner-operators. Condition of vessels varies widely.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Solomon Islands Government Contact List

Company Information

Most private transport companies have been operating many years as the main method of transportation of cargo and passengers between the many inhabited islands of the group. There are a variety of vessels available ranging from 600+ passenger ferries to landing craft, medium sized coastal freighters and smaller high-speed ferries and charter boats. While waterway security is not an issue, safety can be with vessel condition varying from new, to barely seaworthy. Extra care must be taken when planning trips during cyclone season (Nov – Apr) when high winds and rough seas can disrupt travel.

For more information on waterway company contact details, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List here.

Passenger Carrying Capacity

 

Silent World

Isabel Development Coy.

Anolpha Enterprises Ltd

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 20 Passengers

3

(10 pax with cargo charter)

Nil

Nil

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 50 Passengers

Nil

Nil

Nil

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 100 Passengers

Nil

Nil

Nil

Number of

Passenger Vessels

> 100 Passengers

Nil

(3 x 150 pax)

(2 x 300 pax)

(1 x 600 pax)

Cargo Carrying Capacity

 

Silent World

Isabel Development Coy.

Anolpha Enterprises Ltd

Number of Boats

Nil

Nil

Nil

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

Nil

Nil

Nil

Barges (Landing craft)

Number of Barges (landing craft)

3

Nil

Nil

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

100 MT/90m3

200 MT/200m3

250 MT/220m3

Nil

Nil

Tugs

Number of Tugs

Nil

Nil

Nil

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

Nil

Nil

Nil

Travel Time Matrix

Note: vessels do not generally travel between ports but rather from Honiara return.

Travel Time from Main port to other major Ports on Coastal freighter (12 Knots) in Hours

Distance in brackets in nautical miles

 

Taro

Gizo

Noro

Seghe

Yandina

Tulabi

Buala

Auki

Kirakira

Rennell

Temoyu

Honiara

23

(267)

16

(202)

15

(179)

11

(133)

4

(49)

2

(22)

6

(80)

5

(58)

10

(129)

11

(135)

29

(353)

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