Applications are now open for five (5) at-sea on-board training opportunities for candidates from developing States, Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by Deep Ocean Resources Development Co., Ltd. (DORD), in accordance with its obligations under its contracts for exploration for polymetallic nodules (PMN) with ISA.

ISA is calling for candidates with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering in the relevant field of geophysics, oceanography or an equivalent educational background. Proficiency in English (both written and spoken) is also required.

The objective of the training is to expose trainees to on-board training skills and geophysical technique for the exploration of deep-sea mineral resources. The training is scheduled to take place between 27 October and 4 December 2022. Dates may be subjected to change due to pandemic situation in which case candidates will be notified with as much prior notice as is possible.

The training will be conducted in two phases:

Phase 1: At-sea training on-board a research vessel for a 20-day cruise survey. Training will include marine seismic reflection survey, marine geological survey using magnetometer and gravimeter, and marine geological mapping, as well as practical training on exploration technology of marine mineral resources.

Phase 2: On-land training for 19-days which will include tours of the facilities related to former mine sites, parts of the heritage that shows history of the Japanese industry; marine resource development such as marine geology and seabed mineral resources; as well as lectures by the experts in various field related to marine resource development.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was “Enhancing the role of Women in Deep-Sea Research through capacity building” – we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 31 July 2022.


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,


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