News

2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica (6 May 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Central Indian Ocean in the presence of Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The Contract was signed on 6 May 2015, at Berlin, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and the President of BGR, Professor Hans-Joachim Kümpel. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (4 May 2015) - - ISA/INDEEP is calling for applications from established scientists, students and researchers from developing States to attend the Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS) through the ISA Endowment Fund bursary scheme.

The bursary scheme will fund six students/researchers to attend the DSBS which will be held from 31 August to 5 September 2015 in Aveiro, Portugal. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (30 April 2015) - - As part of its training proposal and in line with its Contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules with the ISA, the UK Seabed Resources Ltd (UKSRL) has contracted Plymouth University to provide training opportunities for two trainees from developing States in 2015.

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 April 2015) -- His Excellency, Mr. Guy Sevrin, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Belgium  to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Tuesday 28 April 2015. 

Ambassador Sevrin commenced his diplomatic career in 1991 and has spent most of his postings in Europe and  Africa.  This will be his first posting to the Caribbean.

Ambassador Sevrin holds a master’s degree in Germanic Philology. 

His Excellency, Mr. Anibal Julio Jiménez Y Abascal, Ambassador of Spain, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (31 March 2015) -- The International Seabed Authority today issued a Discussion Paper aimed at the development and implementation of a payment mechanism for exploitation activities in the Area.

Discussion Paper

JAMAICA, Kingston  (18 March 2015) - -  African States were encouraged to make all possible efforts to overcome constraints to participate in the sessions of the Authority to ensure the voices of Africa were properly heard and interests properly safeguarded and promoted. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (13 March 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority today issued a Report by the Legal and Technical Commission to Members of the Authority and all stakeholders in response to the Council’s request at its 20th Session to make available a draft framework for the regulation of exploitation, following the Commission’s February 2015 meeting (see ISBA/20/C/31, paragraph 3).

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JAMAICA, Kingston (10 March 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts within the Magellan Mountains in the Pacific Ocean.

The contract was signed today, 10 March 2015, in New York by the Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge, and the First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources  and Environment of the Russian Federation, Denis G. Khramov. 

Signing Ceremony

JAMAICA, Kingston (6 March 2015) - - The ISA/China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) recently selected four candidates from developing countries for its contractor training programme.

According to the programme, COMRA will provide on-land training opportunities for four trainees from developing countries in 2015, with two trainees for a Fellowship training programme, and two for an Engineering training programme.

COMRA Training

JAMAICA, Kingston (February 26, 2015)  -- The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the South African Government will co-host a Sensitization Seminar in Tshwane, South Africa from 17-19 March 2015.

The Seminar is titled "Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area : Challenges for Africa and Opportunities for Collaborative Research in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Atlantic Indian Ridge and the South-West Indian Ridge".

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JAMAICA, Kingston (February 16, 2015)  -  The Legal & Technical Commission (LTC) of the International Seabed Authority commenced its first 2-week session of meetings in Kingston today.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (February 2, 2015)  The International Seabed Authority and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd. have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules.‎

The contract was signed in Kingston, Jamaica on 15 January 2015 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and on 22 January 2015 in Singapore by the Director of Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd., Ye Kung Ong (pictured).

The International Seabed Authority and MARAWA RESEARCH EXPLORATION LTD  have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, in the presence of Mr. Baraniko Baaro, First Secretary and Officer In Charge in the Mission of Kiribati to the United Nations.

The contract was signed in New York on 19 January 2015 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and Honourable, Tiriate Kwong, Director of MARAWA, on behalf of the Chairman of MARAWA, Honourable Tinian Reiher.

The Secretary-General had appointed a new Advisory Panel for the ISA Endowment Fund. The appointments became effective 1 November 2014 and would extend for a period of three years. The members of the Advisory Panel are as follows: