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May 17, 2019

SOUTH AFRICA EYES SUNKEN MINERAL TREASURES

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-17-south-africa-eyes-sunken-mineral-treasures/ After some delay, South Africa is at last starting to prepare to share in the bonanza that is expected when the international community eventually allows …

May 16, 2019

DE BEERS PREPARES SEVENTH SHIP TO MINE NAMIBIA’S SEABED

Source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/mining/2019-05-16-de-beers-prepares-seventh-ship-to-mine-namibias-seabed/ De Beers, the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds by value, will build a seventh ship at a cost of a $468m to suck diamonds from …

May 7, 2019

PM LABELS SOLWARA VENTURE AS A WASTED INVESTMENT

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/pm-labels-solwara-venture-wasted-investment/ In yesterday’s heated exchange of words and debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill labeled the now considered sunk Solwara 1 project for deep sea mining …

May 2, 2019

LAUNCH OF SEABED MINING EXPERIMENT IS PUT ON HOLD FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Source: https://www.environment-hawaii.org/?p=11252 The Belgian company Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) had planned to start small-scale testing last month of a bus-sized tracked robot – 40 feet long, 13 …

April 30, 2019

THE ISA IS DRAFTING NEW ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS TO GOVERN DEEP SEA MINING

Source: https://www.mining-technology.com/news/the-isa-is-drafting-new-environmental-regulations-to-govern-deep-sea-mining/ The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has taken another step forward in drafting new regulations to govern the activities of mining companies in international waters, according to …

April 26, 2019

CANADA BANS DEEP-SEA MINING, OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

Source: https://thenarwhal.ca/canada-bans-deep-sea-mining-oil-and-gas-drilling-in-marine-protected-areas/ After two years of advocacy and 70,000 letters sent, conservation organizations across Canada are celebrating the federal government’s decision to prohibit all oil and gas activities in marine …

April 25, 2019

DEEP-SEA MINING BOSS SAYS NEW LAW COULD BE ADOPTED NEXT YEAR

Source: https://www.miningweekly.com/article/deep-sea-mining-boss-says-new-law-could-be-adopted-next-year-2019-04-25/rep_id:3650 LONDON – China and a quest for battery minerals have injected momentum into a long UN process to agree a law on deep-sea mining, which could be adopted by the …

April 24, 2019

CANCEL ALL SEABED MINING LICENCES: PNG LOCALS

Source: http://actnowpng.org/blog/cancel-all-seabed-mining-licences The risks and uncertainties of experimental seabed mining are too great to allow this industry to ever proceed in Papua New Guinea.    This was the …

April 17, 2019

NGĀTI MUTUNGA AND CHATHAM ROCK PHOSPHATE SIGN AGREEMENT

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1904/S00486/ngati-mutunga-and-chatham-rock-phosphate-sign-agreement.htm Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: “NZP” and NZAX: “CRP” or the “Company“) advises with great pleasure that today we executed an Information Sharing and Collaboration agreement …

April 15, 2019

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION EXPANDING MINERAL ASSET PORTFOLIO

Source: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/15/1804044/0/en/Odyssey-Marine-Exploration-Expanding-Mineral-Asset-Portfolio.html  Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, entered into a share purchase agreement with Seabed Capital, LLC on April 9, …

April 15, 2019

VALUES NOT AS PROMINENT AS THEY SHOULD BE

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72467-values-not-as-prominent-as-they-should-be/72467-values-not-as-prominent-as-they-should-be Local environmental non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently paid for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019, …

April 3, 2019

NAUTILUS MINERALS – CHANGE IN DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Source: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/03/1795931/0/en/Nautilus-Minerals-Change-in-directors-and-officers.html VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the “Company” or “Nautilus”) announces that, effective March 29, 2019, four …

April 3, 2019

NAUTILUS MINERALS KEEPS PNG DEEP SEA MINING LICENCE DESPITE DELISTING

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/nautilus-minerals-keeps-png-deep-sea-mining-licence-despite-delisting/ The government of Papua New Guinea says it has no plans to revoke the licence of Nautilus Minerals after it was announced the company will be …

April 1, 2019

PNG SEABED MINING COMPANY DELISTED FROM STOCK EXCHANGE

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386015/png-seabed-mining-company-delisted-from-stock-exchange The company behind a troubled deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has suffered another blow in its delisting from a major stock exchange. In …

March 30, 2019

LEGAL OPINION ON SEABED ‘GOLDRUSH’

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72315-legal-opinion-on-seabed-goldrush The first, and most theoretical, point outlined by CJ Iorns Magallanes in her review of the Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 is this: as humans, we have …

 
March 22, 2019

TIME TO MINE ALASKA – AN ANALYSIS ON MINING JURISDICTIONS

RSC analysed the world’s mining jurisdictions for active project quantity and geographic project density based on public reporting in 2018, and compared the results to the …

March 19, 2019

CHINA’S RESEARCH SHIP DEPARTS FOR 54TH OCEAN EXPEDITION IN PACIFIC

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/19/c_137905406.htm BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) — China launched its 54th ocean expedition on Monday to conduct research on the oceanic resources and environment in the Pacific, according …

March 18, 2019

EXPLORERS MOVE FORWARD AS GLOBAL PHOSPHATE APPETITE RISES

Source: https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/agriculture-investing/phosphate-investing/explorers-move-forward-phosphate-appetite-rises/ The global phosphate market has been impacted by dwindling supply as a result of China cracking down on pollution and questionable mining practises, making it an …

March 11, 2019

DEEPGREEN REVEALS HIGHER CLARION CLIPPERTON RESOURCE

Source: https://www.mining-journal.com/events-coverage/news/1358250/deepgreen-reveals-higher-clarion-clipperton-resource Marine resource developer DeepGreen has revealed a 51% increase in indicated and measured resources at the NORI area of its Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) claims on …

 
March 10, 2019

MICHAEL GAZLEY WILL BE RUNNING A SHORT COURSE FOLLOWING THE AUSIMM PACRIM CONGRESS IN AUCKLAND THIS APRIL

Along with co-presenters Shawn Hood, Juan Carlos Ordóñez Calderón and Matt Cracknell, Michael is running a short course following the PACRIM congress which the Australasian Institute of …

March 5, 2019

JAMAICA TO INVEST IN DEEP SEABED MINING

Source: https://antiguanewsroom.com/regional/jamaica-jamaica-to-invest-in-deep-seabed-mining/ The Jamaica government Monday said it is backing the island’s entry into the emerging industry of Deep Seabed Mining (DSM) through its sponsorship of Blue Minerals …

March 4, 2019

JAPAN TO INTRODUCE OFFSHORE SANCTUARY SYSTEM TO PROTECT DEEP SEA MARINE LIFE

Source: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190304/p2a/00m/0na/008000c TOKYO — The government is set to introduce an offshore sanctuary system to protect deep sea marine life through a legal revision to regulate deep ocean …

March 4, 2019

NGO COMMENTS ON COOK ISLANDS DRAFT SEABED MINING BILL

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72085-ngo-comments-on-draft-bill/72085-ngo-comments-on-draft-bill This week marks the deadline for submitting comments on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 before it is reviewed and tabled in Parliament.   Local non-profit …

February 27, 2019

TONGA ELECTED COUNCIL VICE-PRESIDENT AT INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY

Source: https://matangitonga.to/2019/02/27/tonga-elected-council-vice-president-int-l-seabed-authority Tonga has been elected as Council Vice-President for the Asia Pacific at the International Seabed Authority 25th Session held in Jamaica on February 25. Earth Negotiations Bulletin …

February 27, 2019

BELGIAN FAST-MOVING ‘CATERPILLAR’ IN DEEP SEA COPPER, COBALT RACE

Source: http://www.mining.com/web/belgian-fast-moving-caterpillar-deep-sea-copper-cobalt-race/ Belgian group DEME and Canada’s DeepGreen are carrying out tests and research to collect nodules containing copper, cobalt and other minerals from the ocean floor, as …

February 26, 2019

SEABED MINING PROJECT IN PNG MOVES TO SELL ASSETS

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383392/seabed-mining-project-in-png-moves-to-sell-assets A troubled deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea is selling its assets while it fends off creditors. Nautilus Minerals was to mine the sea …

February 25, 2019

ANNUAL ISA COUNCIL SESSION OPENS IN KINGSTON WITH SPOTLIGHT ON DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL DEEP SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.isa.org.jm/es/node/18970 The 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened in Kingston, Jamaica, today with its gaze focused on the development of draft exploitation regulations for minerals …

February 14, 2019

POTENTIAL FOR SEABED MINING IN OMAN’S EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF

Source: http://www.omanobserver.om/potential-for-seabed-mining-in-omans-extended-continental-shelf/ An extension of Oman’s continental shelf, for which an application was made by the government to the United Nations two years ago, could potentially open up …

February 14, 2019

TONGA CAN BENEFIT FROM DEEP SEA RESOURCES

Source: https://matangitonga.to/2019/02/13/tonga-can-benefit-deep-sea-resources There’s a possibility that Tonga will be able to benefit from its deep sea resources because of the regime that has been established by the law …

February 2, 2019

AFRICAN GROUP BUILDS CAPACITY FOR EFFECTIVE DEEP SEABED GOVERNANCE

Source: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/181178/African-Group-builds-capacity-for-effective-Deep-Seabed-governance Africa Group delegation in seabed mining on Wednesday attended a workshop in Accra to discuss how to enrich the Deep Seabed Mining Policy for effective governance. …

December 29, 2018

COOK ISLANDS GOVT CONSULTING ON NEW SEABED MINING BILL

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379172/cook-islands-govt-consulting-on-new-seabed-mining-bill The Cook Islands government says it plans to start seabed mining exploration next year, as it looks to shore up support for new laws. The government’s …

December 26, 2018

TTR, OPPOSING GROUPS ALLOWED TO CHALLENGE HIGH COURT DECISION ON SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/109603867/ttr-opposing-groups-allowed-to-challenge-high-court-decision-on-seabed-mining Trans-Tasman Resources will be allowed to appeal the overturning of its seabed mining consent. Plus, the parties who successfully had the consent overturned will also be …

December 24, 2018

TRANS-TASMAN RESOURCES GIVEN LEAVE TO APPEAL QUASHING OF SEABED MINING CONSENT

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=12182159 Trans-Tasman Resources has been given leave to appeal the overturning of its seabed mining consent. Leave was granted by the Court of Appeal last week, following …

November 21, 2018

CALL FOR COOKS’ SEABED MINING LICENCES TO REQUIRE RISK RESEARCH

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/376426/call-for-cooks-seabed-mining-licences-to-require-risk-research The Cook Islands government must focus as much on the potential environmental risks of seabed mining as it does on the economic benefits, an environmental organisation …

November 20, 2018

DEEP SEA MINING ZONE HOSTS CARBON DIOXIDE-CONSUMING BACTERIA, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

Source: https://phys.org/news/2018-11-deep-sea-zone-hosts-carbon.html Scientists have discovered that bacteria in the deepest parts of the seafloor are absorbing carbon dioxide and could be turning themselves into an additional food source …

November 14, 2018

PNG DEEP SEA MINING PROJECT ANOTHER ‘FAILED INVESTMENT’, SAYS EX-MINISTER

Source: https://asiapacificreport.nz/2018/11/14/png-deep-sea-mining-project-another-failed-investment-says-ex-minister/ The controversial Nautilus Solwara 1 deep sea mining project has been accused of being another Papua New Guinean government “failed investment” on the verge of bankruptcy, claim …

November 14, 2018

CHINA PLUMBS OCEAN DEPTHS TO EXTEND ITS COBALT LEAD

Source: https://af.reuters.com/article/drcNews/idAFL8N1XN6JD LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – China, the leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of …

November 12, 2018

CHINESE VESSEL COLLECTS COBALT SAMPLES IN THE PACIFIC: XINHUA

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-mining-cobalt/chinese-vessel-collects-cobalt-samples-in-the-pacific-xinhua-idUSKCN1NG0LV BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese deep-sea exploration vessel has returned to port in Guangdong after collecting samples of so-called cobalt-bearing crusts during a 138-day survey in …

November 6, 2018

NEW SEABED MINERALS LAWS ON WAY

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/71258-new-seabed-minerals-laws-on-way The Cook Islands government intends to table new legislation relating to seabed minerals activities in December. The announcement was greeted with surprise at a recent meeting, …

October 31, 2018

THE TINY SPONGE THAT COULD HELP PRESERVE OUR DEEP OCEANS

Source: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2018/october/the-tiny-sponge-that-could-help-preserve-our-deep-oceans.html Scientists have collected data on a tiny sponge thought to be at risk from seabed mining. This newly discovered species could be a ‘canary in …