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ISA Releases Stakeholder Submissions to Draft Exploitation Regulations

ISA Releases Stakeholder Submissions to Draft Exploitation Regulations

INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY | 11 January 2018 JAMAICA, Kingston – – The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of […]

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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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energy metal supplies

Volkswagen is said to step up bid for cobalt for electric cars

BLOOMBERG on MINING WEEKLY | 23 November 2017 “Volkswagen AG is stepping up its hunt for long-term supplies of battery metals it will need to help power electric cars across its entire range. The top automaker invited producers and traders of cobalt, one of this year’s best-performing metals, for talks at its German headquarters this […]

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Underwater vehicle technology Modifiable Underwater Mothership

Developers Team Up on Modifiable Underwater Mothership Project

MUMS PROJECT | 10 November 2017 The research and development project, known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM), will receive funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy over three years. It will open up new ways to explore and harness the potential of the world’s oceans. MUM is breaking with […]

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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: Md. Bazlar […]

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No to deep sea bed mining plans for Pacific, says PNG’s Cardinal Ribat

PMC EDITOR on ASIA PACIFIC REPORT | 31 May 2017 “Papua New Guinea’s Catholic Church leader has given a resounding “no” to deep sea mining after returning from his visit to Germany. The Archbishop of Port Moresby Archdiocese, Cardinal John Ribat, was highly critical of the proposed plans of the Canadian mining company Nautilus for […]

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Casper octopod

Newly discovered ‘Casper’ octopod at risk from deep-sea mining

CELL PRESS | 19 December 2016 Last spring, researchers made headlines with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking ocean depth of more than 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) off Necker Island near Hawaii. The octopod’s colorless and squishy appearance immediately inspired the nickname […]

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