Deep Seabed Minerals Contractors

OVERVIEW

The International Seabed Authority has entered into 15-year contracts for exploration for polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the deep seabed with twenty seven contractors.

Seventeen of these contracts are for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (16) and Central Indian Ocean Basin (1). There are six contracts for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the South West Indian Ridge, Central Indian Ridge and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and four contracts for exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the Western Pacific Ocean.

The conclusion of contracts allow these contractors to explore specified parts of the deep oceans outside national jurisdiction. Read more

Global Sea Mineral Resources NV
Contract Start:
January 14, 2013
Contract End:
January 13, 2028
Sponsoring State:
Belgium
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd.
Contract Start:
January 19, 2015
Contract End:
January 18, 2030
Sponsoring State:
Kiribati
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Tonga Offshore Mining Limited
Contract Start:
January 11, 2012
Contract End:
January 10, 2027
Sponsoring State:
Tonga
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Nauru Ocean Resources Inc.
Contract Start:
July 22, 2011
Contract End:
July 21, 2026
Sponsoring State:
Nauru
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany
Contract Start:
July 19, 2006
Contract End:
July 18, 2021
Sponsoring State:
Germany
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

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