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 thirty (30) contractors.

Eighteen of these contracts are for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (16), Central Indian Ocean Basin (1) and Western Pacific Ocean (1). There are seven contracts for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the South West Indian Ridge, Central Indian Ridge and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and five 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

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
Government of India
Contract Start:
March 25, 2002
Contract End:
March 24, 2017
Extension:
March 25, 2017
End:
March 24, 2022
Sponsoring State:
India
Location:
Indian Ocean
Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer
Contract Start:
June 20, 2001
Contract End:
June 19, 2016
Extension:
June 20, 2016
End:
June 19, 2021
Sponsoring State:
France
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Deep Ocean Resources Development Co. Ltd.
Contract Start:
June 20, 2001
Contract End:
June 19, 2016
Extension:
June 20, 2016
End:
June 19, 2021
Sponsoring State:
Japan
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association
Contract Start:
May 22, 2001
Contract End:
May 21, 2016
Extension:
May 22, 2016
End:
May 21, 2021
Sponsoring State:
China
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

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