On 23 September 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of two (2) candidates for at-sea on-board training placements provided by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea (MOF-ROK), in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts with ISA.

The selected candidates are:

  1. Mr. Mauro S Kogo from Brazil
  2. Mr. Nasir A Raza from Fiji

The cruise will be organized by Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) within the MOF-ROK contract area in the western Pacific Ocean. The training will take place on-board R/V Isabu with a focus on: i) geological survey (using piston corer, multiple corer, box corer, dredge, etc.) and geological data analyses; or ii) geophysical survey such as acquisition and processing of seafloor acoustic data (bathymetry and acoustic intensity) using deep-towed side scan sonar. The scheduled date for the cruise is from 30 November to 24 December 2022 (dates are subject to change due to pandemic situation and candidates will be provided with as much prior notice as possible).


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, training@isa.org.jm