UMC 2019

Sustainable Development of Seabed Mineral Resources: Environment, Regulations and Technology


UMC 2019 image of JW Marriott - Sanya Dadonghai Bay

48th Underwater Mining Conference
September 22 through 27, 2019
JW Marriott — Sanya Dadonghai Bay
Sanya City, Hainan, China


UMC2019 Hainan imageThe 48th Underwater Mining Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) in partnership with the Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering (IDSSE), located in Sanya City, Hainan, China. We will continue the well-tested focus of the conference, which brings together world leaders from government, academia and industry to exchange information and ideas on all aspects of underwater mining.

This year, we start with an evening welcome reception and registration, followed by an expanded three-day technical session with 25-minute presentations. A fourth day has been added to include commercial and special-interest 1 and 2-hour workshops. The fifth and final day of UMC will be our technical field tour.

The JW Marriott Sanya Dadonghai Bay Hotel serves as our conference venue and primary lodging for participants. The amenities are first-class and the rates are specially discounted for UMC guests. An added feature also this year will be simultaneous interpreters for English-Mandarin translations.

This year’s Technical Program Chair is Dr. Charles L. Morgan of Moana Hohonu LLC based in Hawaii. Our host and Technical Program Co-Chair is Professor YANG Ning, Deputy-Director of IDSSE, who leads the deep-sea resource exploration laboratory. The UMC banquet address will be given by DING Kang, Director of IDSSE, who has been involved in deep-sea science and engineering for over 30 years and initiated the development of manned submersibles — Jiaolong and Shenhai Yongshi.

In 2011 IDSSE was founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). IDSSE consists of three departments, the Deep-Sea Science Division, the Deep-Sea Engineering Division, and the Marine Equipment and Operations Management Center. The Deep-Sea Mining Subdivision and the Deep-Sea Resource Exploration Laboratory are key subdivisions within the Deep-Sea Engineering Division. In August 2017, CAS established the Institute of Deep-Sea Technology (IDST) within IDSSE.

We are excited to bring together global leaders in deep-sea minerals and mining, including researchers, engineers, sub-sea technology partners, ISA nation contractors, developers of regulatory regimes and commercial products, and other sectors of timely interest in marine minerals.

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Key Deadlines

Important Updates and Forms

Conference Contacts

  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Charles L. Morgan
    Moana Hohonu LLC
  • Technical Program Co-Chair
  • Professor YANG Ning
  • Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • IDSSE Host Representatives
  • Mr. XIAO Jianyu
  • Dr. CHEN Yuxiang
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Karynne Chong Morgan
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • 1000 Pope Road, MSB 322, Honolulu HI USA 96822
  • Tel: +1 808.956.5095


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