"Physical Geography", Equatorial Currents and Countercurrents
The North Equatorial Current is a significant Pacific and Atlantic Ocean current that flows east-to-west between about 10° north and 20° north. It is the southern side of a clockwise subtropical gyre. Despite its name, the North Equatorial Current is not connected to the equator. In both oceans, it is separated from the equatorial circulation by the Equatorial Countercurrent, which flows eastward. The westward surface flow at the equator in both oceans is part of the South Equatorial Current.