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 six contractors.

Sixteen of these contracts are for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (15) 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.

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

The Government of India
Contract Start:
September 26, 2016
Contract End:
September 25, 2031
Sponsoring State:
India
Location:
Central Indian Ocean
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany
Contract Start:
May 6, 2015
Contract End:
May 5, 2030
Sponsoring State:
Germany
Location:
Central Indian Ocean
Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer
Contract Start:
November 18, 2014
Contract End:
November 17, 2029
Sponsoring State:
France
Location:
Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Government of the Republic of Korea
Contract Start:
June 24, 2014
Contract End:
June 23, 2029
Sponsoring State:
Korea
Location:
Central Indian Ridge
Government of the Russian Federation
Contract Start:
October 29, 2012
Contract End:
October 28, 2027
Sponsoring State:
n/a
Location:
Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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