- Economic Landscape
- Frameworks & Guidelines
- Achieving Sustainability
- Regional Opportunities
- Technical Know-how
- Technological Developments
- Developing deep sea mining projects from geological confidence - but what are the challenges in estimating mineral reserves?
- Looking at the potential market opportunities as the industry moves into deep sea mining commercialization
- Focusing on deep sea mining projects in a holistic way
- Analysis of existing and proposed seabed mining and processing systems
- Looking at seafloor production equipment, vertical transport systems, as well as metallurgical processing
- Addressing the issues regarding environmental studies and looking for more efficient solutions
TU Clausthal | Institute of Mining
- Looking at new technological developments associated with commercializing deep sea mining
- How underwater technologies have evolved to offer more cost-effective solutions for deep sea mining applications
- Where technologies can be used across various stages from initial exploration to full-scale minerals extraction
- Looking at specific technologies for use in monitoring operations, impacts on the environment, and pollution mitigation
- The UK’s subsea background – the experts in subsea technology development
- New challenges presented by deep sea mining – differences and similarities to established industries
- Technologies and capabilities within deep sea mining throughout the UK
National Subsea Research Initiative [NSRI, UK]
"See what modern seafloor mineral exploration looks like using the latest technologies and how the NOC's approach might inform future industrial practice and regulation"
- Results from a recent expedition in the north and south Atlantic region testing new technologies
- The first and only deep-sea experiment which researchers generated a sediment plume and mapped its distribution
- Development and trials of autonomous underwater vehicles, ROV-drilling campaigns and deep-seafloor technologies
- New methods for rapid exploration and assessment of deep sea minerals and environmental impact
National Oceanography Centre [UK]
- The British Geological Survey‘s RD2 drill has a capability to work in water depths of up to 4000 m
- Advances in technology enable the drill to take downhole geophysical logs, fluid samples, and video footage
- Case studies include coring on the Mid Atlantic for IODP (Atlantic Massif) and for a Blue Mining EU-funded project
British Geological Survey, [BGS, UK]
- Delivering substantial value through transforming inspection and environmental monitoring with autonomous machines
- Inspection and environmental monitoring with the use of autonomous surface vehicles, microAUVs and crawlers
- Understanding the business case through recent successes and results from trials
- CAPEX, OPEX, and budgeting for technologies
- Understanding the significance of water depths, minerals and geology
- What are the immediate areas for technological development?
Govinder Singh Chopra
- Lifting of slurry from the seabed crawler to the host vessel is critical to the mining system
- The long and heavy riser can suffer from resonance response issues under certain operating conditions
- Looking at pump or riser selections and the response issues and the solutions to these problems
- Development of deep sea mining technology is already challenging
- A successful implementation, however, requires focus on other constraints as well
- Resource determination, economic evaluation, sustainability issues and an available legal framework should be integrated simultaneously with technology development
- Using these different angles, a template is shown as prerequisite for successful deep sea mining development
Henk van Muijen
- Understand the key market drivers and growth prospects for the near-term. Where are the opportunities?
- New regional updates and developments to harvest Seafloor Massive Sulphides and Manganese Nodules
- Which geological models should be used where and when to predict and estimate grades and abundance of deposits
- What are the near-term objectives for commercialization and where do regions see themselves heading?
- Exploring and mapping the seafloor across the mid-ocean ridge
- New discoveries and exploration of deep-sea hydrothermal systems
- Looking at seafloor massive sulphied (SMS) distribution in the region
Centre for Deep Sea Research [UiB, Norway]
- A UN licence will encourage collaboration between the UK research community
- Achieveing a strengthened supply chain to support the developing deep sea mining industry
- A long-term commitment to research in understanding deep sea mineral deposits, the associated habitats and environmental aspects, and to encourage the development of novel technologies in the UK.
British Geological Survey, [BGS, UK]
- Bringing key stakeholders together to achieve sustainable seabed mining projects with an integrated approach
- Frontline deep sea ecological experts offer insights into the latest techniques for environmental impact assessments
- Looking at new global initiatives to mitigate the potential impacts of deep sea mining and how to work with communities
- A robust understanding of the sensitivities of the seabed environments and the impact of mining activities
- Evidence-based studies supported by field data that investigate the possible effects in response to specific mining operations
- An overview of the MarineE-Tech project currently being led by NOC and funded by NERC
Marine Ecological Surveys [MESL, UK]
- A review of those Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) produced for projects to date
- Understanding what must be included within EIA's for deep sea mining projects
- The assessment process and addressing the cumulative and in-combination effects
- Understanding the challenges facing the International Seabed Authority and Sponsoring States
- Reviewing the various approaches to regulating marine mineral extraction across multiple regions
- Looking at the key elements of the ISA's draft framework for regulations governing exploitation of minerals in the Area
- Looking at global offshore maritime frontiers for Law of the Sea
- A unique summary of the world's current seabed mining exploration and exploitation activities
Robert van de Poll
- The prospect of African States’ engagement with deep seabed mining activities
- Reviewing existing constraints and looking at the possible opportunities and risks
- Developing an African Regional Legislative and Regulatory Framework using the Pacific framework (RLRF) as a model
- Enabling African States interested in DSM to meet their obligations under the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS)
Cardiff University, UK
- How do the jurisdictions of the International Seabed Authority, sponsoring State, and flag State interact?
- Are there situations where regulatory oversight for mining in the Area might be absent, or overlap?
- Is the extent of an ISA contractor’s liability clear?
- As we contemplate the onset of mining beyond national jurisdiction, this presentation will highlight potential gaps, overlaps and ambiguities in the liability regime.
- The key principles governing the fiscal regime for deep sea mining in national jurisdictions and in the Area
- Comparing the fiscal regimes for deep sea mining across different jurisdictions and the instruments that could be used to tax deep sea mining
- Looking at the difficulties in administering the taxation of deep sea mining in the Area, particularly auditing rights and the valuation of nodules
- How environmental considerations and the 'Common Heritage of Mankind' should influence deep sea mining taxation
- The perspective of the private investor investing in DSM companies
- Looking at the investment evaluation tools used by the private investor
- Private investor financing across the main phases of commercial Deep Sea Mining activities
Capital Power Management
- Addressing the commercial risks for equity investors
- Accessing debt and addressing the commercial risks for debt providers
- The key legal risks to consider and mitigate when structuring successful projects
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Key topics for 2017:
- 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
- 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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