On 20 July 2021, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of candidates for two at-sea training opportunities provided by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contracts for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

The two selected candidates are:

  • Mr. Prithivi Dass Bissessur from Mauritius
  • Mr. Jensen Jacob from India

Mr. Bissessur and Mr. Jacob will join an exploration cruise to the BGR license area in the Indian Ocean in October 2021 and investigate the sub-seafloor mineralization of selected hydrothermal systems by applying deep-towed geophysical instruments. Mr. Bissessur and Mr. Jacob will then spend a period of four weeks at the BGR offices in Hannover, Germany during spring/summer 2022 where they will have the opportunity to interpret the geophysical data collected through 1D and 3D inversion modelling.



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