News

2011

Two applications sponsored by China and the Russian Federation were the first to have been made under the Authority's regulations on polymetallic sulphides that was adopted in 2010.

29 NOVEMBER 2011, NADI, FIJI -- Speaking at the opening of the Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals, Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority told participants that ISA has taken steps to augment the international community's knowledge base in order to facilitate adequate environmental protection from mining.

He said these steps included standardizing data and data collection methods in order to develop robust databases to facilitate decision-making.

The International Seabed Authority and China signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides located in the Southwest Indian Ridge.

The contract was signed by Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the Authority and Jin Jiancai, Secretary-General of China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Assoc.,

The Authority has previously signed contracts with nine entities since the Nodule Regulations was adopted on 13 July 2000.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 4 October 2011 - The International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) SOPAC Division is organising an International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals, to be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011.

The International Seabed Authority and the Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic nodules by the corporation in a specified reserved area of the deep oceans outside the limits of national jurisdiction.

Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the Authority, signed for the organization, and David Heydon, Director of Nauru Ocean Resources Inc, signed for the company. Michael Aroi, Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Nauru, represented his government which is sponsoring the company in the enterprise.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority ended its seventeenth session in Kingston today after adopting a series of decisions this morning. The legislative arm of the Authority agreed:

Acting on recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Seabed Council yesterday afternoon approved the plans of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area submitted by four entities.

Adopting the four draft decisions (documents ISBA/17/C/2, 3,4 and 5,), as amended during debate, the Council requested the Authority’s Secretary-General to issue them with plans of work in the form of contracts with the Authority in accordance with the relevant regulations.

The International Seabed Authority began its seventeenth session today with an extensive agenda which includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area and action on pending applications for exploratory contracts.

Applications for Exploration Contracts; Historic Advisory Opinion 
on the Responsibilities and Obligations of Sponsoring States 
among Substantive Issues in Crowded Agenda of 
Seabed Authority 17th Session

Other topics include finalization of regulations for exploration of 
cobalt-rich crusts in Area; and election of members of two bodies

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 16 June 2011 - - The Interridge/ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship Programme recently awarded fellowships to three students from developing countries.

The three successful applicants are Mr. Girish Beedessee (Mauritius), Mr. Srinivas Rao (India) and Mr. Sabyasachi Sautya of India.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 13 June 2011 - - The most important substantive issue to be considered during the forthcoming Session will be the consideration of four pending applications for exploration contracts in the Area.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 8 June 2011 - - Five candidates from ISA member States have been awarded scholarships for Master and Doctorate Degrees under the ISA-Tongji Scholarship Programme at the Tongji University's School of Oceanic and Earth Sciences in China.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 1 June 2011 - - Representatives of two member States presented their credentials to the Secretary‐General of the International Seabed Authority in May 2011.

They were Ambassador Zheng Qingdian of the Chinese Embassy and Ambassador Antonio Francisco da Costa e Silva Neto of the Brazilian
Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 18 May 2011 - - The International Seabed Authority will hold elections for its Finance Committee during its 17th Session in July.

Nominations have been received from 15 countries as follows:

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 27 April 2011 - -The election for members to the Legal and Technical Commission will be held in July during the Authority's 17th Annual Session.

Nominations have been received from 23 countries and they are as follows: