News

2014

Seven new applications for approval of plans of work for exploration in the international Seabed Area were approved this morning by the Council of the International Seabed Authority as it nears conclusion of its work of the twentieth session in Kingston.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, at two meetings in Kingston on Friday 18 July, examined procedures for possible extension of exploration contracts and mechanisms for the formulation of regulations for exploitation in the Area, as it continued deliberations on the summary report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) on its February and July sessions.

Also on Friday, the Council adopted amendments to two separate Regulations - Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Sulphides and Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston on Thursday (17 July 2014) afternoon decided, on the recommendations of the Finance Committee, that the Assembly approve a budget for the Authority in the amount of US$ 15,743,143 for the biennium 2015-2016.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this afternoon, took note of two reports of the Secretary-General at its second meeting of this historic 20th Session in Kingston this afternoon. One report addresses the status of prospecting and contract for exploration for three types of mineral resources in the seabed Area, and the other outlines laws, regulations, and administrative measures adopted by sponsoring States and other members of the Authority with respect to activity in the Area.

The International Seabed Authority, celebrating twenty years in existence, began its annual session this morning at Kingston, with its two major organs - the Assembly and the Council - electing their presidents and approving their indicative work programme for the next ten days.

Agenda Items Includes Election of Nearly Half its Executive Council, Drafting of Marine Minerals Mining Code and Consideration of Applications for Seabed Exploration Contracts

The Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority will commemorate its twentieth anniversary, elect nearly half its executive Council and begin elaboration of a mining code for deep seabed polymetallic nodules in the Area beyond national jurisdiction when it convenes for its annual session in Kingston from 14 to 25 July 2014.

The International Seabed Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides.‎

The contract was signed in Kingston on 24 June 2014 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and in Seoul on 15 June 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Lee Ju-Young.

Under the contract, the Contractor will have exclusive rights for exploration for polymetallic sulphides over 10,000 square kilometres of the seabed located in the Central Indian Ocean.

On 14 June 2014, Mr. Liu Cigui, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration of the People’s Republic of China, visited the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority.

He was accompanied by a five member delegation from China and Ambassador Dong Xiaojun, Permanent Representative of China to the International Seabed Authority in Kingston. Mr. Liu Cigui, met with Mr. Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General to exchange views of mutual interest.

The ISA today launched its free mobile application for mobile devices using iOS and Android platforms. Android users can download the App from Google Play and iOS users can download the App from iTunes.

Given the specific nature of ISA’s work in seabed mining, technology and environmental protection, the App will enable the Authority to promote its mandate and activities to member States and its various Organs via an enhanced communication strategy. 

Conference Room Papers CRP1 and CRP2 have been prepared by the Secretariat to facilitate the forthcoming election of one-half of the members of the Council for the period 2015 to 2018.

In accordance with the Convention and the decisions of the Assembly, the terms of office of 17 of the members of the Council will end on 31 December 2014.  The vacancies in each of the 5 groups in the Council are as follows.

The International Seabed Authority and China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in Beijing on 29‎ April 2014.‎

The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the Secretary-General of COMRA, Jiancai Jin. Under the contract, COMRA will have exclusive rights for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts over 3,000 square kilometres of the seabed located in the Western Pacific Ocean.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations for three short-term training opportunities in 2015 for suitable candidates from developing States provided by JOGMEC.

The at-sea training programme is pursuant to the terms of the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts between JOGMEC and the Authority.

​On 7 April 2014, a group of 8 young Saudi Arabian Government Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Royal Court paid a field visit to the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority. The visit was part of a training programme in public international law offered by the Ministry and organized by the London-based public international law firm Volterra Fietta. Staff members of the secretariat gave lectures and presentations on the work of the Authority and the resources of the Area.

The International Seabed Authority today launched a Stakeholder Survey Questionnaire aimed at soliciting relevant information for the development of a regulatory framework for the exploitation of minerals in the Area from members of the Authority and current and future stakeholders.
 

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority will be convening a Sensitization Seminar on Wednesday 16 April 2014, at the Headquarters of the United Nations (Room 2CB), New York.