Applications are now open for 14 online training opportunities for candidates from developing States Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association (COMRA), in accordance with its obligations under its contracts with ISA for exploration for polymetallic nodules (10 placements) and polymetallic sulphides (4 placements) in the Area.

The training will be conducted between September and December 2021 and aims at increasing the trainees’ capacities in relation to marine science, deep-sea resources exploration and development, international deep-sea laws and policies, deep-sea environment and ecosystems, deep-sea technology and equipment, and operational norms. The training intends to lay a foundation for further scientific research, technological development and application related to the exploration and development of deep-sea polymetallic nodules.


Please visit this link and this link for more information and to apply to the training. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 10 August 2021.


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep-seabed mining.

Please visit this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.


For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,