Training Opportunities

New Contractor Training Candidates Selected

International Seabed Authority (ISA) Contractors have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for young men and women Developing States.

The following new candidates have been accepted for training placements since July:

China (announced 1 August 2017)

The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) offered three training positions:

  1. Md. Bazlar Rashid (Bangladesh)
  2. Mariana Benites (Brazil)
  3. Gor Gevorgyan (Armenia)


  1. Solomon Felix Dan (Nigeria)
  2. Rasaq Haruna (Nigeria)
  3. Sihem Akli (Algeria)

The three-month training will take place at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou city and will focus on topics in geo-oceanography, biology, and environment.


Germany (announced 31 July 2017)

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) offered four at-sea training places:

First Ranking

  1. Eric Arthur-Mensah (Ghana)
  2. Sumran Praphat (Thailand)
  3. Alyaa A.M. Zidan (Egypt)
  4. Thomas Whiddon (Cook Islands)


  1. Essam KI. El-Shorbagi (Egypt)
  2. Solomon Felix Dan (Nigeria)


Japan (announced 11 August 2017)

The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)  offered four at-sea training places:

First-ranked candidates

  1. Franco Eduardo Puglies| Male | Argentina
  2. Soe Moe Aung | Male | Myanmar
  3. Judith Owusu | Female | Ghana
  4. Hank Hedge | Male | Jamaica


  1. Yuslieni Cala Cadero | Female | Cuba
  2. Karina Melias Astriandhita | Female | Indonesia
  3. Hasina Ramaroson | Male | Madagascar

The training programme aims to provide on-board work and investigative techniques for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.


Republic of Korea (announced 1 August 2017)

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (MOF) offered two at-sea, on-board training places for candidates from developing states in the fields of geology and geophysics:

  1. Leslee Salzman (South Africa)
  2. Arthur Wilfred Balla Essomba (Cameroon)


  1. Byran M Cababan (Philippines)


Russian Federation (announced 19 September 2017)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation offered training places uder exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

First Ranking

  1. Natasha Stanton (Brazil)
  2. Joseph Aisakbokhae (Nigeria)


  1. Ismail Folorunso (Nigeria)
  2. Albertine Bermile (Ghana)


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