Mining Ports in Perception and Sustainability

Jenny Delly1, *, Kosuke Mizuno1, Misri Gozan2, Tri Edhi Budhi Soesilo1
1 School of Environmental Science, Universitas Indonesia
2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok , Indonesia



Mining port operation is very complex accompanied by sources of pollution of various kinds, impact and characteristics of different pollution so that the analysis of sea water pollution due to mining port activities have become indispensable.


The purpose of this study was to measure the perception of the people living around the mining port about mining port activities and the perceived impact (pollution, health, economy, security and comfort) and to compare it with the results of measuring sea water quality.


This study examines public perceptions of the influence of the existence of a mining port on seawater pollution, health, economy, security and perceived comfort and compares it with the results of inspections of heavy metal content in seawater in residential areas very close to mining ports. The method used is linear regression with T test, sampling in three different places, examining the properties of heavy metals in seawater.


There is a difference in behavior or response between the people of Pomala and Morowali in giving approval or perception of the existence and impact of the mining port. Positive statements from respondents regarding pollution related to the existence of mining ports 63.2%. Pollution that occurs due to the presence of the port creates psychological anxiety that will have an impact on public health and disrupt activities around the port (65.8%). The content of heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead and zinc) in seawater in residential areas exceeds the quality standards set by the government.


The quality of sea water around community settlements located closest to the mining port has decreased, this is due to the activities of mining ports, mining and people living in the area.

Keywords: Mining port, Public perception, Seawater quality, Heavy metals, Pollution.

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2022
Volume: 16
DOI: 10.2174/18744478-v16-e220217-2021-38

Article History:

Electronic publication date: 17/2/2022
Collection year: 2022

© 2022 Delly et al.

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