Workshop on Polymetallic Nodule Resources Classification (October 2014)

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Dr. S. Rajan, Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, (NCAOR), Goa; Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES), Government of India

Dr. Shyamal Kanti Das, Advisor/Scientific Secretary ESSO Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES), Government of India

H.E. Mr. N.A. Odunton, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority (ISA)


  • Mining Technology for the Classification of Polymetallic Nodule Resources in the Area

International Standards for Resource and Economic Evaluation. Applications for Deep Seabed Mining;
Caitlyn L. Antrim, Rule of Law Committee for Oceans |  Presentation

Public Reports and Studies in the Minerals Industry. Applications to Deep Seabed Mineral Development
Caitlyn L. Antrim, Rule of Law Committee for Oceans: |  Presentation

 Nodule collector subsystems – Organization of the OMI pilot mining test programme & its use in collaborative tests by contractors
Ted Brockett, Sound Ocean Systems Inc :  Presentation

  • Emerging International Standards for Mineral Resource Evaluation

Information needs of financiers, investors and resource managers
Michael Stanley, World Bank | Presentation

Resource classification - comprehensive extraction and the importance of environmental and social issues
David MacDonald, Chair, Expert group on resource classification (UNGCRE)  |  Presentation (Shared with Charlotte Griffiths)

United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) - how it  works  in  practice  and  its  application  to  seabed mineral resources
Griffiths Charlotte Griffiths, UN Economic Commission for Europe |  Presentation (Shared with David MacDonald)
The Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) - Classification Code
Pat Stephenson, AMC Mining Consultants, Canada |  Presentation

Best practices – general and specific guidelines from CRIRSCO and its member organizations
Pat Stephenson, AMC Mining Consultants, Canada |  Presentation

The ‘competent person’ in mine-site evaluation and responsibilities for study design, management and findings
Matthew Nimmo, Golder Associates, Australia |  Presentation

Identification of special aspects of polymetalic nodule deposits of the Area that should be addressed in reporting standards
Matthew Nimmo, Golder Associates, Australia  |  Presentation  

Identification of any issues arising from differences in national reporting standards to which the Authority should respond
Paul Kay, Offshore Minerals, Geosciences, Australia  |  Presentation

  • Status of Contractor Activities in Resource Assessment : Contractor Efforts

Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM)  : Activities of the IOM within the scope of geological exploration for polymetallic nodule resources

Yuzmorgeologiya  : The Concept of the Russian Exploration Area Polymetallic Nodule Resources and Reserve Categorization

Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology  (KIOST) : Status of Korea Activities in Resource Assessment and Mining Technologies

China Ocean Mineral Resources  (COMRA) : Activities in Resource Assessment

Deep Ocean Resources Development Co Ltd  (DORD) :  Polymetallic Noldule Resources Evaluation - How we are doing

Institut français de recherché pour l’exploitation de la mer  (Ifremer) : Polymetallic Nodules Resources Classification. French effort - 1970-2014

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India  : Polymetallic Nodules Programme - Resource Evaluation

Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML)  : CCZ Nodule Projects. 2013 Mineral Resource Estimate per N143-101

Global Sea Mineral Resources NV  : Lead up of the Polymetallic Nodules Project and Context

UK Seabed Resources 


Group 1 : Address state of the art collector devices; collaboration among contractors testing their collectors; analyze exploration data and estimates of mineable areas with a view to identifying where standardization is required in the CCZ and the CIOB 
Chaired by: Ted Brockett  | Report 

Group 2 :  Address guidelines for estimation of mineable resources and reserves as per international reporting standards and the steps required to implement them; address issues arising from the differences in national reporting standards and how it can be resolved and its translation for deep seabed mineral resources to help contractors standardize classification of polymetallic nodule resources into proven, probable and possible reserves of metal 
Chaired by: Pat Stephenson | Report

Group 3 : Determine the amount of work required by each contractor to complete the resource classification exercise for their respective areas and how long it would take
Chaired by: Georgy Cherkashov | Report


Lundi, October 13, 2014 to Vendredi, October 17, 2014
Goa, India