This small boat jetty in Dreger Harbour, mainland New Guinea, is in excellent condition. Most such jetties are rather derelict but nevertheless are in regular use. The visitor should not use any jetty without permission.
The visiting boatman can use most small-ship jetties if* they are community owned — such as at a village — and are not in use. Always seek permission first or confirmation immediately after you have tied up. Where a jetty is company owned by either one of the big-three trading companies, or by a plantation, permission must be gained first.
Because most small jetties do not have fender piles, there is a chance of a vessel alongside catching under the deck despite the small range of tidal movement. Some jetties have large tyres chained along the front, others have bush saplings laced to a main pile, others have nothing and depend on the fending equipment carried by the visiting boat. It is up to the owner to prevent his vessel from fouling the wharf. There is every chance the jetty itself will collapse if your gunwale sits on, or under, the structure but it is more likely that your vessel will suffer damage. Make sure that at all times she will ride outside of the outer edge of the jetty even if it means laying an anchor off.
The above description applies only to small-ship jetties. Mainport wharves all have fending devices and many are brand new concrete structures. The small ship is not permitted to lie to any large wharf without permission and payment.
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