Published: 2002-12-19 10:16:19
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
In June the volcano had not been active for some time and Simpson Harbour was a good anchorage. Fuel is available from either Shell or Mobil. Both companies have their own dock with deep water(>4.5m) access. Mobil bring the fuel by truck, Shell have a pump on the dock. The Mobil dock has good water as well. The Mobil fuel was very good quality. From the Mobil dock one can walk up to the office and make all the arrangements. A little further up the road there are several stores and a market.
The Yacht Club on the other side of the bay is very welcoming. It may be worth trying to contact them to get a report on the current volcano activity, because in November the volcano was emmitting ash again. Depending on the wind direction one can keep clear of any outfall, although you have to be alert at all times. At night it is best to go and anchor away to one side of the bay. RYC contact details:
(675) 982 1299 or try e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are using C-Map charts, the detail chart of Simpson harbour does not tie in with WGS84 and you have to put a correction of +.38mins on the longitude.