UMI 2013 • Registration and Agenda

Recent Developments in Atlantic Seabed Minerals Exploration and Other Topics of Timely Interest

The 42nd Conference of the Underwater Mining Institute
October 21–29, 2013 • Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and Porto de Galinhas • Brazil

Windsor Plaza Hotel, Copacabana (meeting location and hotel) and Windsor Excelsior Hotel (additional hotel rooms), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deadline for hotel reservations is August 9, 2013. Now Closed.

Key Deadlines


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Registration and Function Fees

REGISTRATION FEES (deadline August 31, 2012)

The UMI fee schedule below provides for Regular and Late registration options, as well as a discount for members of the International Marine Minerals Society.

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Banquet Fee for Single-Day Registrants, Spouses, and Guests (Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm): USD 55. The UMI Banquet is open to single-day registrants, spouses, and guests at additional cost. (Note: If you are a UMI regular, senior, or student participant, the banquet is included in your registration fee.)

Geotechnical Field Tour (updated 10-06-13)

October 24, 25 and return to Rio on October 26

See Updates on the UMI Home Page for important documents and contact the Coordinator for current information on the Field Tour.

The Geological Survey of Brazil has arranged for a special geotechnical field tour for UMI 2013 participants to three (3) active mining sites for: black gold, iron, and gold.

Price includes airfare (TAM Airlines), 2 hotel nights, breakfast, lunch (does not include drinks), and surface transportation. Maximum number of persons: 40.

To register and pay for the field tour, email to, Please send a copy of your correspondence to the UMI conference coordinator, who will assist with confirmations.

Deadline to register is August 31, 2013, or earlier if maximum number of persons is met.

Field Tour Program

October 24: Thursday: Black Gold and Iron Mines

October 25: Friday

October 26 - Saturday

Cost per Individual*:

*These prices are subject to change, as they include airfare.

Field Tour Proposal (PDF) and Field Tour Payment Authorization Forms (PDF). DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is SEPT 6, 2013 by email to Jane Silva at

To accommodate an overflow of participants, a special tour to Ouro Preto ($75) and Inhotim ($70) has been arranged for additional cost.

Please see these documents relating to field tour insurance: “Particular Conditions” (PDF) and “Coverture Assistance” (Word doc).

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UMI Industry Strategic Planning Meeting

UMI Industry Strategic Planning in Porto de Galinhas (October 26 arrival, 27, 28 and 29 departure). This special meeting is offered as a separate package (lodging at Pousada Tabapitanga, most meals, round trip shuttle Recife airport to/from hotel), priced per person. Optional tours at additional cost are also offered.

To register for the Industry Strategic Planning Meeting and Porto de Galinhas portion of the UMI, email the local organizer at or Simply identify yourself with the Underwater Mining Institute and provide pertinent details of your arrival/departure dates and times, room type preferred, and so forth. Please copy your request to the UMI conference coordinator who will assist with the hotel confirmation.

Check in date: October 26
Check out date: October 29

Package Rate Per Person:
Single room: R$1.050,00 per person (US$470)
Double room: R$580,00 per person (US$260)
Triple room: R$500,00 per person (US$224)

Package prices includes:
Transfer in and out Airport/Hotel/Airport
Three (3) hotel nights with breakfast and dinner

Payment Options: Visa and MasterCard.
Download the Porto de Galinhas Hotel Authorization Form PDF (name revised 10-16-13).

Optional Porto de Galinhas tours that can be booked at additional cost include:

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The deadline for UMI Conference Registration is August 31, 2013, and registrations after this date will incur a late fee of USD 50.


Refunds (less a USD 50 processing fee) will be allowed for written cancellations (email or fax) received by September 30, 2013.

Meeting and Hotels for Rio Only

The welcoming reception, technical sessions, and hotel accommodations for UMI 2013 will be held at the Windsor Plaza Hotel. Additional hotel rooms are available at the Windsor Excelsior Hotel (see below).

Important: Deadline for hotel reservations is August 9, 2013 (note new date).

To make reservations, send an email request to the hotel of your choice below. Include the proper Event Locator, pertinent details of your intended stay, and be sure to copy your request to UMI/Host conference coordinators Karynne Morgan and Michelle Araujo. They will follow through on the reservation confirmations for all UMI participants.

Windsor Plaza Hotel

Avenida Princesa Isabel, 263 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 22011
Event Locator: UMI – 2430021
Special UMI Rate: R$420 or about USD 190 (single), R$465 or about USD 210
Phone: +55 21 2195-5500
Fax: +55 21 2543-8982

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Avenida Atlantica, 1800 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 22021
Event Locator: MORE WIND UMI – 2428046
Special UMI Rate: R$510 or about USD 228 (single), R$560 or about USD 250
Phone +55 21 2195-5800

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made at least 24 hours in advance of check in to avoid charges.

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Travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Entry Visa

If you need to apply for a visa to enter Brazil and require a host letter of invitation, please contact Karynne Morgan, UMI Coordinator. Download the Ministry of External Relations’ Visa PDF for details, and visit this page to answer the question, "Do I need a visa to enter Brazil?"

Shuttle Service from/to Airports to Windsor Plaza or Windsor Excelsior Hotels

The recommended shuttle services is Shuttle Rio. Other “radio taxis” (usually blue, green or white taxis) are available. These may be a little costlier that regular yellow taxis, but, you pay a fixed rate no matter what time of day or how heavy the traffic may be. Be aware that traffic jams in Rio can be extremely heavy at times.

Please refer to the Shuttle and Taxi Service in Rio – Helpful Tips PDF for the latest helpful tips.

General Information

Rio de Janeiro is internationally known as the picture postcard of Brazil with the Corcovado looming 710 meters high—the home to Christ the Redeemer and a symbol of the city and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It has sprawling beaches, a bustling nightlife, breathtaking scenery, and world-class sports programs. Famous is Copacabana (location of this year’s UMI) and the cable car tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Ouro Preto is the destination our UMI field tour where the Geological Survey of Brazil has made special arrangements for participants (40 max) to visit mines for black gold, iron, and gold. This will be a unique experience.

Porto de Galinhas is elected by destination magazines to be the best beach in Brazil for its sunny weather, warm sea, permanent breeze with easy access through a modern airport in Recife. This quaint yet sophisticated setting is a perfect backdrop for networking and roundtable discussions.

Weather: October will be spring time in Brazil, and it should be warm and comfortable in Rio, Ouro Preto, and Porto de Galinhas.

Currency: Only the bigger bank branches do money exchange usually with a commission. Better rates can be found at shops with the sign “Cambios.” ATM machines do not all return money for foreign cards. It is best to look for Visa/Mastercard logos on the terminals and international banks (HSBC, Citi, etc.) are the best starting points. ATM machines are closed between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. ATMs from Banco do Brazil works with most foreign Visa cards.

Shopping: When shopping in street commerce, one should always bargain, which can lower prices considerably. Bargaining in stores and malls are usually impolite. Store managers in Rio often speak some English, and some may speak very little.

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For Speakers and Presenters

Oral Presentations
Please prepare one file for each presentation in PowerPoint (PPT) format. This will be collected and uploaded to a laptop by the audio-visual technician during the Welcoming Reception on Monday, October 21 at the Windsor Plaza Hotel. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length and include a few minutes for questions and answers.

Poster Presentations
Along the sides of the meeting room is an aluminum bar for supporting posters. Please contact the conference coordinator if you have special requests.

Conference Contacts

Technical Program Chair:
Dr. Charles Morgan
Tel: +1 808 550-4539

Technical Program Co-Chair and Host:
Dr. Roberto Ventura Santos
Director of Geology and Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Brazil
Michelle Aquino Araujo
CPRM Executive Coordinator

Conference Coordinator:
Karynne Chong Morgan
University of Hawai‘i, 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303, Honolulu HI 96822
Tel: +1 808.956.6036 • Fax: +1 808.956.9772


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