JAMAICA, Kingston (26 July 2017) - - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Russian Federation is offering five (5) training places for candidates from developing States, under two separate training programmes, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The training opportunities were first advertised in March 2017 and are being re-advertised with the new training dates scheduled for October/November 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 July 2017) - Secretary-General Michael Lodge today hosted a meeting with Permanent Representatives based in Kingston to brief them on the work of the Authority at its forthcoming twenty-third session scheduled to be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 31 July to 18 August 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 June 2017) - -  Ambassador Jose Maria Bosch Bessa, of Spain presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Seabed Authority on 26 June 2017.  

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bosch Bessa was Consul General of Spain based in Andorra la Vella.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 June 2017) - -  The International Seabed Authority hosted its first public forum today at the University of West Indies campus in Kingston.

The Authority convened the forum as part of its public outreach to engage with and inform local communities  of the work of the Authority, headquartered in Jamaica since 1994; and its role in the Sustainable Development Agenda.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2017) - - Twenty-seven technical, legal and scientific experts representing sixteen Exploration Contractors began a two-day workshop today, hosted by the International Seabed Authority in Kingston.

The workshop was convened to inform contractors of the progress of the Authority's data management strategy, review its structure, enlist assistance to fill in gaps in data coverage and encourage discussion and feedback. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2017) - - Addressing the Meeting of States Parties for the first time as Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge drew particular attention to issues for discussion at the 23rd Session of the Authority in August which include the consideration of the report of the Review Committee of article 154 review, the ongoing development of a mining code, the status of exploration contracts and the financial situation of the Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 June 2017) - -  In a bid to encourage the dissemination of marine scientific research through one of its Voluntary Commitments, the ISA is promoting its Secretary-General Award for Deep Sea Research Excellence. 

This initiative is one of seven Voluntary Commitments that the ISA has announced at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference, and is designed to support and actively promote the work of promising young experts from developing countries. 

NEW YORK (8 June 2017) - - The ISA today,  co-organized a Side Event the government of Mexico, the Kingdom of Tonga and UN-DESA with support from Tonga Mineral Resources Ltd and Nautilus  during the Ocean Conference.

New York (5 June 2017)  - - ISA has registered seven voluntary commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” as part of the United Nations Ocean Conference that opened today.

This international conference co-organized by Fiji and Sweden aims  to identify ways and means to support the implementation of SDG14, building on existing successful partnerships and stimulating innovative and concrete new partnerships. 

In light of this, the ISA announced its firm commitment to:


JAMAICA, Kingston (30 May 2017) - - The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2017 training programme.

BGR Trainees (2015)

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 May 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority and China Minmetals Corporation have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules.

The exploration contract was signed on Friday, 12 May in Beijing, China by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge and the Chairman of China Minmetals Corporation, He Wenbo. 

The allocated area covers a surface area of 72,745 km2 of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the Pacific Ocean.

JAMAICA, Kingston (02 May 2017) - - The workshop on Marine Mineral Resources of Africa’s Continental Shelf and Adjacent International Seabed Area – Prospects for Sustainable Development of Africa’s Maritime Domain, in support of Africa’s Blue Economy is being held in Kampala, Uganda from 2 to 4 May 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2017) - - The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), in accordance with its exploration contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018 training programme.

The training programme aims to provide on-board work and investigative techniques for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts by developing investigative planning skills, on-board work experience and data analysis and interpretation skills.

(c) JOGMEC Photo

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 April 2017) - - Speaking at the First Session of the IHO Assembly, Secretary-General Michael Lodge said the ISA-IHO Cooperation Agreement provides optimal opportunities for mutual consultation, cross-sectoral cooperation, communication and exchange of information. 

"I am firmly convinced that the mandate, experience and field of current work of activities of the two organizations are of common interest".

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 April 2017)- - UN-Oceans is holding its 16th meeting at the International Seabed Authority headquarters in Kingston from 10-11 April 2017.

The meeting was opened by Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division on Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (and UN-Ocean Focal Point) and Secretary-General Michael Lodge of the Authority.