The 46th Underwater Mining Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, and the DeepSea Mining Alliance (DSMA). We will continue the well-tested format of the conference, which brings together world leaders from government, academia and industry to exchange information and ideas on underwater mining.
This is a critical time for the commercial development of seafloor minerals. With committed support from key stakeholders, Nautilus Minerals is continuing to progress its flagship Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea. In 2017, development plans include ongoing construction and first floating of the production vessel from dry-dock, wet testing of seabed production tools, and exploration for additional mineral resources.
The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is working on regulations for commercial recovery of polymetallic nodule deposits within the Clarion-Clipperton Region of the northeastern Pacific seabed and the Central Indian Ocean Basin. Several serious commercial interests await the results of this work to determine whether or not it will be commercially viable to work within the ISA regime.
Three ventures working on recovering seabed phosphate deposits within the Exclusive Economic Zones of Namibia, New Zealand, and Mexico have been impeded by regulatory and political obstacles. Extensive research and analysis by studies supported by the European Union continue to provide useful insights into technical and environmental aspects and political issues related to commercial seabed mineral extraction.
Thus, there are many issues that warrant serious consideration for those with an interest in deep-sea minerals.
Our technical focuses in 2017 are the economical, technological and environmental aspects of cooperative solutions for future deep-sea mining. It will be an exciting conference for the next commercial, technological and environmental developments regarding deep-sea minerals, deep-sea mining and metallurgical processing of marine mineral resources.
The conference will start on Sunday, September 24, with an evening registration and reception, followed by two days of technical sessions, including poster sessions and a banquet. Technical field tours will commence thereafter.
Mark your calendars to join us in Germany. Berlin, the German capital, has about 3.5 million inhabitants and it covers 892 square kilometres, nearly nine times the size of Paris. There are more than 180 kilometres of navigable waterways within Berlin. Berlin has the world’s largest universal museum stands in the heart of the city. The renovation and reorganization of the Museum Island with its five monumental buildings belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999 and it is post-war Germany’s most ambitious cultural project.
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