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Deep Sea Mining
The MV Nor Sky, a vessel chartered in 2008 by Nautilus Minerals to conduct environmental assessment at Solwara I, steams past the Tavurvur volcano near Rabaul. 

For Nautilus Minerals, the debt comes due.

2018 was supposed to be the year for Nautilus Minerals. Their three seafloor production tools—large underwater robots capable of mining seafloor massive...
Challenges at Nautilus

Challenges at Nautilus Continue

A series of internal and external pressures have been plaguing the Canadian deep sea mining firm Nautilus Minerals for months with no clear resolution...
cobalt

Cobalt on the Rise

Interest in deep sea mining has been accelerating due to the rising price of cobalt. The metal is an important component of EV batteries,...

Welcome to DSM Observer’s 2018 New Year Edition

Happy 2018 and welcome to our new year’s edition of the DSM Observer.  As our readers return from holiday breaks and family gatherings, we...
Cook Islands

Cook Islands Partners to Explore Pacific Bounty

The government of the Cook Islands, through the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), entered into an agreement in September with U.S. based Ocean Minerals,...
financial regulations

The Rising Profile of ISA Financial Regulations

The development of Financial Regulations to address the benefit sharing aspects of the Mining Code has recently moved to the forefront of ISA business. ...
The Nautilus New Era under construction. Photo courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Despite setbacks, Nautilus Minerals struggles towards production.

The last half year was a tough one for Nautilus Minerals. In December, their ship contractor defaulted on payments to the production support vessel...
Nautilus

Nautilus: Good News / Bad News

Nautilus Minerals is advancing its equipment-testing at the same time as financial and management shortfalls prompt worries about the firm’s longevity. Submerged trials for Nautilus’...
Big Month at Nautilus

Big Month at Nautilus

F ebruary 2018 was a gold star month for Nautilus Minerals, with significant advances made on seafloor production tool operations, vessel construction and both...
ore sorting

New Mineral-Sensing Technology Accelerates Ore Sorting

A new technology may accelerate ore sorting by illuminating batches of ore with short pulses of radio waves, assessing ore grade and enabling high...

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A nodule harvester. Image courtesy DeepGreen.

What’s next for deep-sea mining in 2019?

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A snail relocation experiment near Solwara I. Photo courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Is this the end of Nautilus Minerals?

Last month brought grim news for the struggling Nautilus Minerals, once hailed as the world’s first viable deep-sea mining company. While ISA...