Yearly Archives: 2018

Nautilus New Era contract acquired by Ocean Energy Ventures.

Offshore | 27 November 2018 SINGAPORE – Ocean Energy Ventures (OEV) and Quippo Oil and Gas have acquired the Fujian Mawei newbuild hull MW301-1. The vessel, under construction in Shanghai, was originally ordered by Marine Assets Corp. against a five-year charter contract with Nautilus Minerals, but this has since been terminated. Read the full article here: Transfer […]

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Scientists warn against deep-sea mining after key carbon cycle discovery

Kirsteen Paterson | 20 November 2018 As many as 16 contractors from countries including the UK, Germany, France and Korea have secured exploration rights to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the Pacific Ocean. However, the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has produced findings that suggest […]

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Kelvin Passfield of Te Ipukarea Society. Photo: RNZ/ Sally Round

Call for Cooks’ seabed mining licences to require risk research

Radio New Zealand | 21 November 2018 In recent weeks, the government has been holding public meetings to hear feedback on its plan to open tenders for five-year, deep sea mining exploration licences at the beginning of next year. Kelvin Passfield of the Te Ipukarea Society said little was known about the biodiversity in the […]

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The OK Tedi gold mine, which caused huge environmental problems in New Guinea, is an example of how mining can go horribly wrong, a letter-writer says.

Deep sea mining: Riches or ruin?

Cook Island News | 19 November 2018 Before matters proceed to the point of no return, we the Iti Tangata need to ask whether mining will lead to riches or to our ruin. Should we allow our Government to jeopardise the main industry of our country that is the backbone of our national economy? Does […]

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The abridged version of our info-graphic that went out with the newsletter. Check below for the full version.

From the Editor: An update on Solwara I and a call for article pitches.

This was a big month for deep-sea meetings, with workshops on risk management and high seas cable laying, as well as strong representation from the deep-sea mining community at NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Forum. There’s so much going on in deep-sea mining right now that it’s tough for stakeholders to grasp the scale of the industry. […]

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Polymetallic Nodule and Sulphide Mining to Scale

To better help stakeholders visualize the scale of Polymetallic Nodule and Seafloor Massive Sulphide mining, we created this short info-graphic highlighting the size of the vehicles and vessels (base on photographs and best available information) as well as the scope of the mining leases in the CCZ and Papua New Guinea with respect to the […]

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Application for a ship board training on board the RV Polarstern June 2019

The training comprises a pre-cruise training (landbased) in Punta Arenas, end of May 2019, and the research cruise, starting directly after this workshop on June 2nd 2019 from Stanley ending 29.06.2019 in Bremerhaven, Germany. 25 berth and scholarship are available for travel to the departure port and return flight from Bremerhaven as well as live […]

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