Papua New Guinea - Geodetic Monitoring Site

Site ID
MUTM
Station Location
Mut Mut
Station Number
21003 HS
Station Address
Mut Mut Islet
Blup Blup Island
Schouten Island Group
East Sepik Province

WGS-84 Station Coordinates
Latitude            S 330'46".1
Longitude         E 14435'16".5
Ellipsoidal Ht     140m

SITE OWNERSHIP

Owner / Authority
Customary Land, Blup Blup Islanders
Site Contact/s
Blup Blup Councillor
Phone

Fax

Address

Email

STATION DESCRIPTION

Station marker
Brass plaque in concrete
Inscription
21003HS
Reference marks
2 x concrete nails in cement pegs
Witness marks
none
Azimuth marks
none
Station constructed by/date

special instructions
Bring plenty of food and trade goods,
The location has spectacular snorkelling, and the islanders are very friendly and helpful

Site soil / Geology

SITE ACCESS

Boats
Steve Harriman in Wewak, can charter two boats; MV Larakan and MV Christopher (larger), for K700 per day.
His office is in the Dunlop warehouse, near the Works Depot
Phone 856 1265
Fax 856 1266
PO Box 16, Wewak, ESP

The boat speed is about 9-12 knots

Cargo boats and PMVs make very irregular visits to Blup Blup, Stanley, the teacher has a banana boat which he can charter, in the case of emergencies. (A gift and payment for fuel is appreciated).

Mut Mut is a small islet just 200m off the South-west shore of Blup Blup Island, The coconut covered islet has a sandy isthmus in the middle of it and is surrounded by coral reefs. An outrigger canoe or tender is required to transport stores from the main boat to the shore. The station is a short walk up to the eastern knoll from the Northern beach of Mut Mut.

SITE FACILITIES

Power
Generator set is available from the Blup Blup head teacher
K20 per day + fuel costs
Solar panels are really essential

Shelter
Tent is required for receiver
Accommodation
Camping is possible on both islands, though permanent water is only available on Blup Blup Island. Food supplies and trade goods are essential, as the islanders have no trade stores.
Security
None required
Labour
Local islanders can assist, rice and trade goods are greatly appreciated in exchange.
Communications
radio or satellite phone essential, due to the lack of regular transport
Adverse conditions
Isolation and snakes (wear gaiters and take precautions + anti-venom if available)
SITE DIAGRAMS

Access map
Blup Blup 1:100,000 topo
Blup Blup 1:100,000 topo showing MUTM location

Site diagram