News

2014

Ambassador Maria Teresa Infante, National Director, Division of Frontiers and Limits, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Friday, 7 March 2014. She was accompanied by Ambassador Eduardo Bonilla, Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Maria Teresa Infante, National Director, Division of Frontiers and Limits, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Friday, 7 March 2014. She was accompanied by Ambassador  Eduardo Bonilla, Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

His Excellency, Mr. Luis Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Minister of External Relations of Brazil paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Thursday, 13 February 2014.

The Advisory Panel of the ISA Endowment Fund will hold its 11th meeting in Kingston today.

The 7-member Panel, appointed by the Secretary-General includes permanent representatives of the Authority, educational institutions, international organisations and invidividuals closely associated with the work of the Authority evaluates all applications for assistance from the Fund.

To facilitate data standardization, the Authority is pursuing efforts to standardize the taxonomy of three classes of fauna - megafauna, macrofauna and meiofauna.

The three classes of fauna are associated with the three mineral resources (polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts) for which the Authority has adopted rules, regulations and procedures for prospecting and exploration.

The International Seabed Authority and JOGMEC of Japan signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in Tokyo on 27‎ January 2014.‎
 
The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the President of JOGMEC, Hirobumi Kawano in the presence of State Minister Midori Matsushima of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Two ISA Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) meetings have been scheduled to be held in Kingston in 2014.

The first session of the ISA LTC meetings will be held in Kingston from 3-14 February and the second session will take place during the Authority's 20th Session from 7-25 July.

On 31 December 2013, the Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crust in the Area submitted by Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), which is a Brazilian State Enterprise. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

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