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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Secretary General Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research

Secretary-General Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research

The International Seabed Authority is mandated to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area and to coordinate and disseminate the results of such research. In line with this, the Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-Sea Research is intended to recognize and encourage the achievements of young researchers from developing countries […]

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deep ocean

Unless we regain our historic awe of the deep ocean, it will be plundered

Laurence Publicover, University of Bristol and Katharine Hendry, University of Bristol In the memorable second instalment of Blue Planet II, we are offered glimpses of an unfamiliar world – the deep ocean. The episode places an unusual emphasis on its own construction: glimpses of the deep sea and its inhabitants are interspersed with shots of […]

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hydrothermal deposit

Japan First to Test-Mine Hydrothermal Deposit

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) confirmed in late September that an effort to extract zinc and other metals from a hydrothermal deposit has been successful. The test, conducted in 1,600 m of water off Okinawa, is the world’s first successful mining and […]

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Nautilus Minerals under pressure

Nautilus Minerals Under Pressure

The past month has been anything but quiet over at Nautilus Minerals.  Changes in leadership, transparent financial stress and mobilized on-the-ground opposition have clashed with marked advances in technology and production timelines on the controversial Solwara One deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea. A positive 2017 second quarter left shareholders happy and Nautilus […]

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Reference Zones

Reference Zones to Measure Deep Sea Mining’s Impact on Seafloor

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is charged with regulating deep-sea mining in the Area and its environmental impacts.  To evaluate these impacts, the ISA’s rules call for contractors to delineate and monitor Impact Reference Zones (IRZs) and Preservation Reference Zones (PRZs).  In general, an IRZ represents the area impacted by mining operations. A PRZ, in […]

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