On 27 December 2013, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), which is a Cook Islands state enterprise, submitted an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in a reserved area. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Cook Islands, The area under application is the reserved area portion of the G-TEC Sea Mineral Resources NV claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific Ocean approved in July 2012.

On 17 December 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The application area is in the Central Indian Ocean and the applicant has elected to offer an equity interest in a joint venture arrangement with the Enterprise in lieu of a reserved area.

An ISA-funded workshop held in Vancouver in May 2011 has resulted in a study titled Seamount benthos in a cobalt-rich crust region of the central Pacific: conservation challenges for future seabed mining.

The paper authored by  scientists Thomas A. Schlacher, Amy R. Baco, Ashley A. Rowden, Timothy D. O’Hara, Malcolm R. Clark, Chris Kelley and John F. Dower conclude that several implications for the design of spatial management and conservation tools with respect to mining are :

KINGSTON, Jamaica, 12 November 2013 - - The Sensitization Seminar on Mexico's Opportunities for Deep Seabed Mining was convened yesterday in Mexico City.

The two-day Seminar which ends today is aimed at increasing public awareness of the nature of mineral resources in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (“the Area”).

His Excellency, Mr. Bernardo Guanche Hernández, the new Ambassador of Cuba to Jamaica presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the International Seabed Authority on Thursday, 7 November 2013.

Ambassador Hernández succeeds Ambassador Gala López who completed his term of office in August this year.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA,  1 November 2013 - - A sensitization seminar on Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges will be held in Mexico from 11-12 November, 2013.
The seminar is a joint collaboration between the International Seabed Authority and the Government of Mexico and will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Mexico City.

His Excellency Dong Xiaojun, newly appointed Ambassador of China to Jamaica, presented his credentials as the new Permanent Representative of China to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General on Wednesday, 23 October 2013.

Whilst Ambassador Dong has served his country in the USA, Gambia, and Afghanistan, he is no stranger to the Caribbean. He enjoyed a four year term as Councillor at the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago from 2001 – 2004. 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 29 August 2013 - - The Interridge/ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship Programme recently awarded fellowships to two students from developing countries.

The two successful applicants are Mr. Xinxu Zhang(China) and Mr. R. Rajasabapathy of India.

The International Seabed Authority reached a milestone in its administration of the mineral resources of the deep seabed Area with the approval of exploration plans for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts by Chinese and Japanese entities as it concluded its nineteenth session a day earlier in Kingston (15-25 July).

The nineteenth session of the International Seabed Authority ended a day early in Kingston on Thursday 25 July after its Assembly completed debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report and acted on four decisions.

The International Seabed Authority received a contribution of US$20,000.00 to its Voluntary Trust Fund from the Government of the People’s Republic of China on 3 July 2013.

ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, accepted the donation, which was made on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China by His Excellency Mr. Zheng Qingdian, Permanent Representative to the Authority and Ambassador to Jamaica.  

This is China’s fourth contribution towards the fund bringing the total contributed to the fund to US$80,000.

The Council of the ISA, at its final meeting of the 19th Session, this morning recommended the adoption by the Assembly of a draft decision to institute a fixed overhead charge of $47,000 to be payable annually by contractors to cover the administration and supervision of contracts and review of their annual reports by the Authority.

In the wake of renewed interest in potential commercial exploitation for deep seabed minerals, the Council of the International Seabed Authority reviewed a summary Secretariat note from a technical report that provided a framework for polymetallic nodule exploitation in the Area.

A new and significant development in the work of the International Seabed Authority was reached in Kingston this morning when the Authority’s Council decided to approve the plans of work for exploration of cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts submitted by two corporations sponsored by China and Japan.

The ISA Council today continues discussions on the LTC Report presented by its Chairman, Dr. Russell Howorth.