Signing the Extension Agreement

Kingston (Jamaica)  On 4 November 2022, Mr. Tomasz Abramowski, the Director General of IOM and Mr. Michael W. Lodge, the Secretary-General of the ISA, signed the Agreement on the Extension of the Contract for Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules for a period of 5 years. Exploration works will continue to determine the geological resources and environmental … Read more

The Deep Sea Minerals Conference

Bergen (Norway) The representative of IOM Kamila Mianowicz took part in the Deep Sea Minerals Conference organized by the GeoPublishing in Bergen on 26-27th of October 2022. The lecture of K. Mianowicz “Environmental baseline studies in the IOM claim area within the CCZ, Pacific Ocean” was part of the session on the environment and license … Read more

Visit of the ISA representative

Szczecin (Poland)  On 20 October 2022, Oystein Bruncell Larsen, Head of Compliance Assurance and Regulatory Management (CARMU) of the International Seabed Authority, visited IOM headquarters and Institute of Marine and Environmental Sciences of the University of Szczecin. During the meeting, current research activities of IOM were discussed, including the presentation of the IOM training program. … Read more

Development of a collector head prototype for deep sea mining

Gliwice (Poland) On October 7, 2022, IOM representatives T. Abramowski and P. Balaz met with a team of engineers from KOMAG (Institute of Mining Technology), represented by M. Kalita and K. Stankiewicz, who are developing a collector head for a prototype of hydraulic mining device for deep seabed mining. Tests of the functionality of the … Read more

Seminar on genetic studies of benthic organisms

Szczecin (Poland) Dr Przemysław Dąbek and Dr Romain Gastineau of University of Szczecin presented the results of research works on genetic identification of benthic organisms collected in 2014 and 2019 by the IOM team in the license area in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Genetic research is an important part of the IOM environmental baseline studies programme. … Read more

IOM/ISA Training Programme 2022

Szczecin (Poland)/Prague (Czech Republic)  The IOM/ISA Training Programme 2022 started on Monday, September 5th, and will last until Friday, October 14th 2022. Nine trainees from seven Developing States (Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago) are taking part in the extensive, comprehensive training combining economic, geological, environmental, metallurgical and legal aspects … Read more

Part II of the 27th meeting of the ISA Council concluded

Kingston (Jamaica) The second part of the 27th session of the Council of the International Seabed Authority was held on 19-29 July 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Council made progress in discussing the draft exploitation regulations for mineral resources in the Area. To this end, four working groups were established on: (1) financial model and … Read more

IOM-UCT meeting

Prague (Czechia), 23-24 June 2022 Representatives of IOM and UCT (University of Chemistry and Technology, Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Prague) discussed problems related to test work on the project Deep sea nodules – water evaporation experiment. The drying test of polymetallic nodules was performed in a special climatic chamber, simulating the given air … Read more

The 78th Council of Interoceanmetal Joint Organization

Prague (Czechia) The 78th IOM Council meeting took place from 6 to 10 June 2022 in Prague. Some participants took part in a video-conference form. The IOM Council meeting was chaired by Mr. P. Kavina, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Czech Republic. The topic of the meeting was organizational, legal and scientific issues related to the … Read more

Meetings of the International Seabed Authority Council

Kingston (Jamaica) The Council adopted decisions on the election of Mr. Tomasz Abramowski (Poland, IOM Director General) as the President of the ISA Council for the 27th Session. The meetings of the Council will last ten days (21 March to 1 April) and will focus on the draft regulations for deep-seabed mineral resources exploitation.