Archives

Training Opportunities

New Training Opportunities Announced

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has announced new opportunities for 2018 in three different Contractor Training Programs.  The total of fifteen new openings are designed for trainees from developing States and include opportunities for scholarships, seminar support, internships and at-sea training. The new opportunities are supported through the training programs of Global Sea Mineral Resources […]

Read More
ocean news

Mongabay: 2017’s top 10 ocean news stories

Commentary by DOUGLAS MCCAULEY and PAUL DESALLES on MONGABAY | 27 December 2017 1. U.S. drops out of Paris In Mongabay’s 2015 ocean top 10 list, they celebrated the adoption of the Paris Agreement as a monumental achievement for slowing the warming, acidification and deoxygenation of our global oceans. In 2017, remaining nations like Afghanistan, […]

Read More
PNG Deep sea Mining

New BBC Segment Spotlights PNG Deep Sea Mining

BBC News science editor David Shukman reports on the developing Nautilus Minerals deep sea mining project Solwara One, in Papua New Guinea’s Bismark Sea. “Plans for the world’s first deep sea mine are taking shape in the waters off Papua New Guinea. The ocean floor is rich in gold, copper and other minerals in big […]

Read More
Paul Lynch

Deep Sea Mining from a Pacific Island State Perspective: An Interview with Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Commissioner Paul Lynch

Since August 2012, Paul Lynch has led the Cook Islands’ Seabed Minerals Authority, which oversees development of the islands’ national seabed mineral resource. A lawyer with over 25 years of wide and varied legal experience in the private sector, Commissioner Lynch is shaping deep sea mining as an industry, both in the Cook Islands and […]

Read More
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, laptops and cell phones. In October 2017, cobalt prices reached a nine-year high, trading at around US$30 per pound, tripling its 2015 value of US$10.   The rise is not only seen […]

Read More
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, LLC (OML) for the exclusive right for up to 18 months to prospect and explore high value polymetallic nodules over approximately 23,000 square kilometers of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone […]

Read More
ISA Secretariat Japan Presents Credentials

Update on ISA Secretariat Activities

During October-November 2017, Secretary-General Michael Lodge and his staff at the ISA Secretariat have been busy advancing and promoting the work of the ISA.   Noteworthy milestones include: 15 October 2017. An ISA delegation led by Secretary-General Lodge visited Poland for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister of Environment Mariusz Orion […]

Read More
Underwater vehicle technology Modifiable Underwater Mothership

German Developers Promote New Underwater Vehicle Technology

A new German technology is being promoted as the next generation in autonomous underwater vehicles.  The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) is a modular, unmanned underwater vehicle capable of being customized cost-efficiently for a variety of missions. Individual base modules can be freely combined with specific mission modules to form large systems, enabling even unusual […]

Read More
DSM Summit Asia-Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit

New Technologies Dominate DSM Summit

The 3rd Annual Asia-Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit in Singapore on 21-22 November 2017 saw new technologies presented by delegates from offshore industries, bringing forth new innovations for exploration and exploitation of deep sea minerals. Presentations ranged from technology solutions for commercializing deep sea mining, to new concepts of ship building, multi-stage riser systems, umbilicals, […]

Read More