It is great to see construction happening in Rabaul. This is part of the new wharf being built by local contractors with aid money. Rabaul has very important strategic importance because of its harbour.
Simpson’s Harbour is the flooded caldera of an ancient volcano which provides deep sheltered anchorage to shipping. All people and goods coming in and out of the province by ship come through Rabaul.
During the war the Americans dropped 20 000 tons of bombs on the Japanese bases around Rabaul. There are over 50 ships were sunk in the harbour.