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Agenda 2024

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL, 2024
0830 - 0930 REGISTRATION AND MORNING REFRESHMENTS
0930 - 0940 OPENING ADDRESS
0940 - 1005 INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK IN DEEP SEA MINING AND THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE
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  • Exploring the unique aspects of the international legal framework for deep-sea mining
  • The intersection of UK and EU obligations with the precautionary principle in mining decisions
  • Approaches to liability and dispute resolution in marine environmental harm
Julie Vaughan
Reed Smith
1005 - 1010 Q&A SESSION ON LEGALITIES IN OCEAN MINING DYNAMICS
1010 - 1030 SPEED NETWORKING SESSION
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  • Exchange business cards and get connected in short one-to-one meetings
  • Start the conversation to arrange a more formal meeting later on in the conference
  • Share your professional background and discuss your biggest business issues – Don't forget your business cards!
Conference Host
1030 - 1100 MORNING COFFEE BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT AREA
1100 - 1125 COMMERCIALISING A DEEP SEA MINING PROJECT
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  • Setting the context for critical minerals; navigating regulatory frameworks
  • Assessing risk matrices: deep sea vs. land-based mining projects
  • Understanding the key ESG considerations in deep sea mining
Eleanor Martin
Norton Rose Fulbright
1125 - 1130 Q&A SESSION ON ISA'S LATEST REGULATIONS AND UPDATES FOR DSM
1130 - 1155 SELECTIVE HARVESTING: REIMAGINING DEEP SEA MINING
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  • Introducing novel selective harvesting technology to reimagine harvesting polymetallic nodules
  • Environmental benefits of selective harvesting, including fauna avoidance and minimisation of sediment disturbance
  • Discussion on concept economics with comparison to other mineral harvesting technology providers
  • Technology readiness roadmap, with results from Eureka 1 testing and the status of Eureka 2 testing
Oliver Gunasekara
Impossible Metals
1155 - 1200 Q&A SESSION ON ADVANCEMENTS IN NODULE HARVESTING FOR DEEP SEA MINING OPERATIONS
1200 - 1330 NETWORKING LUNCH & VISIT THE DEEP SEA MINING EXHIBITION
1330 - 1355 DEVELOPING A MANGANESE COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR MINIMUM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
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  • Deep sea mining will have to be developed based on precautionary principles with minimum environmental impact
  • The generation of sediment plumes during the collection process is regarded as the largest potential environmental impact
  • Showcasing an innovative Minimum Plume Collection technology that significantly reduces the impact on the deep sea environment
  • The presentation will review and discuss the development steps of the technology, the methods used, and the results to date
Tore Halvorsen
Loke Marine Minerals AS
1355 - 1400 Q&A SESSION ON ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN DSM OPERATIONS
1400 - 1425 DEEP SEA MINERAL EXTRACTION: AN ALTERNATIVE VERTICAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM
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  • Developing a vertical transport system for sub-sea mineral extraction
  • Adapting the transport system for diverse mineral extraction applications
  • Integrating vertical transport with vessel design and offloading operations
Guido van den Bos
NOV RT Marine & Construction
1425 - 1430 Q&A SESSION ON INNOVATIONS IN POLYMETALLIC NODULE EXTRACTION SYSTEMS
1430 - 1455 ON-SHORE HYDROMETALLURGICAL TREATMENT OF MN NODULES: CURRENT AND NEW APPROACHES
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  • Presenting the current metallurgical flowsheets for MN nodules treatment on-shore
  • Updating on recent R&D on selective recovery of Ni, Co, and Cu from MN nodules
Niels Verbaan
SGS
1455 - 1500 Q&A SESSION ON ADVANCEMENTS IN MN NODULES TREATMENT AND PROCESSING
1500 - 1530 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT AREA
1530 - 1555 A STEP CHANGE IN SEABED MASSIVE SULPHIDE CHARACTERIZATION
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  • Introduction to Atlab consortia and the North Atlantic research expedition of 2022
  • Insight into the results and significant findings from the research cruise
  • Advanced sub-surface mapping techniques: seismic, CSEM, and MT integration
Bent Kjølhamar | Dag Helland-Hansen
TGS and EMGS
1555 - 1600 Q&A SESSION ON RESEARCH INITIATIVES AND RESULTS FOR EXPLORING SEABED SULPHIDES
1600 - 1625 TRACING DEEP-SEA MINING IMPACTS IN CCZ GERMAN LICENSE AREA
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  • Addressing the tracking challenges of seabed and sediment plumes in mining
  • Using EcoTrace® particles to replicate deep-sea sediment physical traits
  • Analysing tracing trial results and their implications on plume models
  • Understanding the wider effects of sediment disturbances from mining
Josh Marsh
Environmental Tracing
1625 - 1630 Q&A SESSION ON THE ADVANTAGES OF UTILISING TRACER TECHNOLOGY FOR MEASURING SEABED DISTURBANCE
1630 - 1655 EXPLORING MASSIVE SULFIDES IN THE NORWEGIAN SEA
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  • Norway on the verge of adopting legislation for mineral exploration in marine environments
  • Insights from the Atlab-3 cruise on how to map sulphides and the ecosystem simultaneously in the Norwegian Sea
  • Advancements in identifying seafloor massive sulfide deposits through integrated geophysical technology
Bent Kjølhamar
TGS
1655 - 1700 Q&A SESSION ON NORWAY'S COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION ACTIVITIES AND RESEARCH
1700 - 1800 NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION
DAY 2: THURSDAY, 18 APRIL, 2024
0900 - 0930 MORNING REFRESHMENTS
0930 - 0940 OPENING ADDRESS
0940 - 1005 SUSTAINABLE DEEPSEA MINING: TECHNOLOGICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIETAL APPROACHES
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  • Addressing stakeholders' concerns regarding the viability of sustainable deepsea mining
  • Challenges in DSM include technological maturity, environmental impact, and benefit equity
  • Options for DSM, such as robotics, AI in mining, financial strategies, and closed-loop systems
  • Support for DSM through regulatory frameworks, risk management, and mitigation strategies
Anantha Padmanabhan
SeaTech Solutions Europe
1005 - 1010 Q&A SESSION ON SUSTAINABILITY AND FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF DSM PROCESSES
1010 - 1035 THE ISA'S RULES, REGULATIONS, AND PROCEDURES FOR EXPLOITATION: SUITABLE FOR ACTION?
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  • Overview of ISA's Rules, Regulations, and Procedures on exploitation, legal risks, and gaps
  • Discussion on legal and logistical challenges in deep-sea mining exploitation
  • Analysis of uncertainty and risk in the supply chain from nodule extraction to the end customer
  • Presentation on various areas of risk and how they can be minimised and/or allocated through contracts
Louise Woods
Vinson & Elkins
1035 - 1040 Q&A SESSION ON LEGAL AND LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES IN THE DEEP-SEA MINING INDUSTRY
1040 - 1105 DEEP SEA MINING IMPACT ON LONG-RUN COMMODITY PRICES
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  • Examining the potential increase in mineral supply due to deep-sea mining and its market implications
  • Analysing the long-term effects of deep-sea mining on commodity price levels and volatilities
  • Assessing the geopolitical and market dynamics introduced by deep-sea mining activities
  • Discussing the environmental, economic, and technological factors influencing these impacts
Juan Ignacio Guzmán
GEM Mining Consulting
1105 - 1110 Q&A SESSION ON ASSESSMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF DEEP SEA MINING
1110 - 1130 MORNING COFFEE BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT AREA
1130 - 1155 REALISING DEEP SEA MINING THROUGH INFORMED HOLISTIC SHIP AND TRANSPORT CHAIN DESIGN
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  • Exploring ship and marine systems design within regulatory frameworks and key drivers
  • Analysing offloading and transportation with a focus on life cycle considerations
  • Developing strategies for realising compliant and safe mining asset solutions
  • Drawing on real-life mining ship projects to address subsea design challenges
Keith Hutchinson
Safinah Group
1155 - 1200 Q&A SESSION ON ROBUST DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR SUBSEA MINING OPERATIONS
1200 - 1225 DEEP SEA MINING, HOW FAR ARE WE FROM EXPLORING THIS IN BRAZILIAN WATERS?
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  • Brazil's stance at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) regarding deep sea mining
  • Assessing the influence of Brazilian stakeholders on the future prospects of DSM in Brazil
  • Brazil's expertise and accomplishments in deep water exploration, with a focus on the oil and gas industry
Joao Humberto Guandalini Batista
Foresea
1225 - 1230 Q&A SESSION ON BRAZIL'S JOURNEY TOWARDS DEEP SEA MINING AND THE FUTURE PROSPECTS
1230 - 1255 NEXT-GENERATION TECHNOLOGY TO FAST-TRACK SUSTAINABLE EXPLORATION OF SEABED MINERALS
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  • Implementing AI-based technology to enhance decision-making in locating critical metal sources
  • Mineral targeting system that integrates diverse data with machine learning for predictive mapping of deposits
  • Status update on recent advancements, focusing on the polymetallic nodules resource assessment pipeline
  • Exploring the potential of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the context of deep-sea mineral exploration
João Carvalho
Deep Focus
1255 - 1300 Q&A SESSION ON THE BENEFITS OF CUTTING-EDGE TOOLS FOR EXPLORING CLEAN ENERGY MINERALS IN THE DEEP SEA
1300 - 1315 FEEDBACK & RAFFLE DRAW
1315 - 1430 NETWORKING LUNCH

Key topics for 2024:

  • The economic landscape and drivers for growth in Deep Sea Mining.
    Understand the key market drivers and growth prospects for the near term. Where are the opportunities?
  • Achieving sustainable seabed mining projects in harmony with nature
    Hear from frontline deep sea ecological experts on the latest techniques to build an environmental impact assessment plan
  • The status of prospecting and exploration, the latest methods and results
    Explore new areas of economic value and be the first to hear about the latest methods and results from prospecting and exploration activities
  • Regional opportunities to harvest Seafloor Massive Sulphides and Manganese Nodules
    Discover the hottest regional opportunities to harvest Seafloor Massive Sulphides and Manganese Nodules from geological experts
  • Working with nations through a regulatory framework, the opportunities and risks
    Hear from key regulators and develop a cohesive plan to work with the International Seabed Authority and individual nations through the regulatory challenges
  • Technological developments associated with commercialising Deep Sea Mining.
    Be at the cutting edge of technological developments for deep sea mining and explore diversification opportunities for existing companies involved in offshore applications

Testimonials

  • A crosscutting gathering of ocean mining stakeholders from industry, government, scientific and regulatory communities.
    William Senke, Lockheed Martin
  • The event provided a high quality agenda and set of speakers for this important, emerging industry.
    Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council
  • A very informative summit, addressing novel technical approaches for exploration and monitoring of deep sea mining. The emphasis on environmental responsibility was very encouraging.
    Richard Davies, Fugro
  • Deep sea mining is together with shale fuel the most interesting and ground breaking growth industry in the next 25 years- and the yearly deep sea mining summit is a key forum to attend.
    Peter Jantzen, Wartsila
  • The event brought together a wide spectrum of industry players and the associated flow of an organisations to provide an up to date window into a new developing industry.
    Rick Phipps, Seas Offshore
  • Excellent conference, great to have key industry players in one room.
    Mark Brown, Minister of Minerals and Natural Resources, Cook Islands
  • The presentations were very relevant to our current issues and I found the conference very useful both technically and socially.
    Robert Goodden, Subsea minerals
  • The organisers have done a fantastic job interacting together a complementary set of subject relevant to the development of the deep sea mining section.
    John Macdonald, SAMS Research Services [SRSL]

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