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Welcome to Portsite, Amamapare!

Portsite, as the name suggests, is the main sea port of Freeport built on a river delta, without road access from the mainland, mainly for security purposes. Boats transfer people from Cargo Dock on mainland to Portsite on regular trips. This is the very point from where mined ores of mixed copper and gold, in its purest form as concentrate, is shipped out to the market.

papua_ps_01.jpg (42721 bytes) As we stepped off the boat taking us across from the Cargo Dock to Portsite, we could immediately see the signboard welcoming us to this new place. To the left is the power plant with high raising chimneys; To the right is the mill and loading bay.
papua_ps_02.jpg (30582 bytes) The long arm reaching out to the ship carries the mining products, mixed copper and gold concentrate in the form of dried powder, to be loaded into a ship bound for customers overseas. Apart from this, other facilities include: dockyard, power plant, mill to dry the ore slurry flowed from the mine, offices, mess halls and residential, a church and a small grocery store.
papua_ps_03.jpg (47976 bytes) Portsite dock, on our way back to Cargo Dock, about to board the boat, that's the second one from right.
papua_ps_04.jpg (29157 bytes) Back in Cargo Dock, where all the containers and mining equipments are unloaded from ships, a transit before being transported across land to final destinations. The spot in the picture is probably the only nice view in the whole cargo dock. Not seen on the picture, to the left, was a container ship loading.
papua_ps_05.jpg (42409 bytes) Driving back home, we made a few stops to appreciate the quiet surrounding swamps and still creeks.
papua_ps_06.jpg (35145 bytes) Mined rocks are crushed to extract desired metals, leaving sand as waste. The sand is flown through this tailing river and settled in an enclosed plain near Timika, where nothing can grow due to its lack of soil, making it the perfect work ground for environmental people. A fraction of the sand is constantly dug away as building material.
papua_ps_07.jpg (23826 bytes) The levee, also functions as the road, separates the tailing desert from the inhabited Timika area.