COMRA candidates Nov 2021

On 18 November 2021, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of candidates for ten online training opportunities provided by China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association (COMRA) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

The selected candidates are:

  • Mr. Auguste Kikouagni from Cameroon
  • Mr. Hank Hedge from Jamaica
  • Mr. Henry Okonkwo from Nigeria
  • Mr. Joel Amosun from Nigeria
  • Ms. Thao X.T. Le from Vietnam
  • Ms. Maiango Teimarane from Kiribati
  • Mr. Mostafa Monwar from Bangladesh
  • Mr. Osakpolor M. Omorogieva from Nigeria
  • Mr. Popoola Samuel Olatunde from Nigeria
  • Mr. Yuegao Liu from China

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related constraints, the in-person fellowships and engineer training programmes postponed in 2020 have now been converted to an online training course. The objectives of the online training course are to: improve the capacity of the trainees in marine science and technology; familiarize them with basic knowledge of deep-sea resource exploration and development, international deep-sea laws and policies, deep-sea environment and ecosystem, deep-sea technology and equipment and operational norms; improve their skills in deep-sea resources survey and deep-sea equipment application; and lay a foundation for further scientific research, technological development and application related to the exploration and development of deep-sea polymetallic nodules. 


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund practical training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA, including the participation of such personnel in all activities in the Area which are covered by the contract.

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 exploration contracts signed with ISA.

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

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,