Issue date: 10 June 2024

In accordance with its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, signed with ISA on 15 April 2016, Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is offering two (2) training opportunities at a seminar on dredging technologies to candidates from developing States in 2025.



The course is organized by the Antwerp Port Training Center ( (APEC) in Antwerp, Belgium, and covers all essential theoretical and practical aspects with regard to dredging such as: navigating in muddy areas, strategies for the dumping of dredged sediments, the various types of dredgers, dredger simulators, maintenance dredging, large scale projects, spoil recycling, maintenance of dredgers, construction of dredgers, technical aspects and new developments, technical renovation including dredging technologies for international maritime experts.


The APEC course will give the nominee an in-depth introduction to the latest high-tech state-of-the-art dredging technologies and equipment. The dredging technologies and corresponding environmental management techniques from the dredging industry will be indispensable knowledge leading towards sustainable deep-sea mining practices.


The course will be delivered by experienced port professionals and academics who will provide in-depth content in a well-balanced combination of theory sessions and visits, completed by case studies. Visits will be done to the port of Antwerp, port of Bruges, and the wider region, Fasiver (contaminated sludge recycling center) and Darnen Shipyards Group in Gorinchem and Nijkerk (The Netherlands).


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The course will be delivered over the course of two (2) weeks, from 2 June 2025 to 13 June 2025.



To be considered for this programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Applicants must hold a technical degree, preferably linked to offshore activities (Marine Engineering), from a university or recognized equivalent.
  • Language: Proof of sufficient knowledge of English (spoken and written).
  • Nationality: Applicant must be a national of a developing country that is a Member State of the International Seabed Authority.



CIIC will cover all relevant costs for the training, including visa fee, travel, accommodation, and registration costs.



The selected candidates will be required to sign the ISA Contractors’ Training Programme Code of Conduct for Trainees prior to the start of the programme.


No later than four (4) weeks after the training has ended, each trainee shall submit an end-of-training report to CIIC and ISA outlining, amongst other things, the training completed, the benefits of the training opportunity, the knowledge gained and how the training will advance their career/educational pursuits. The report shall also include key performance indicators to assess the effectiveness of the training activities.


Upon successful completion of the programme, trainees shall receive a certificate from ISA.


Trainees shall also be required to submit a supplementary report to ISA five (5) years after the training has been completed, to allow for an assessment of the long-term benefits of the programme.



All interested applicants are invited to register and submit their applications on the ISA CTP Application Portal, along with their supporting documents, including:

  • A coloured passport sized photo
  • A copy of their passport biographical page
  • Duly completed Nomination and Recommendation Form [doc/pdf].
  • Copy of degree(s) and/or relevant certificate(s)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.


Applicants must select the following options when applying for this training opportunity on the Application Portal:

Contractor Name:            Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC)/PMN

Year:                                    2025

Programme Name:          Seminar

Specialization:                   N/A


Application Deadline: 8 December 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.


One of the Voluntary Commitments registered by ISA at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction 40768) and reiterated at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference aims at “Advancing women’s empowerment in marine scientific research”– As partner of the Women in Deep-Sea Research project (WIDSR), CIIC has pledged to allocate 50% of its training opportunities to qualified women applicants.