On 19 April 2023, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of three (3) candidates for training opportunities provided by Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR) in accordance with its obligations under its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules signed with ISA on 14 January 2013.

Ms. Pawangi Jayathilaka, from Sri Lanka, was selected to benefit from a two-year fellowship opportunity. In September 2023, Ms. Jayathilaka will enroll in a Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management jointly hosted by the Faculty of Science of the Free University of Brussels, Antwerp University and Ghent University. The GSR scholarship will cover travel, accommodation and tuition costs.

Ms. Teereta Kanoua from Kiribati and Mr. Nishal Anuth from Mauritius were selected to benefit from a professional training opportunity. Ms. Kanoua and Mr. Anuth will join a two‐week Seminar on Dredging Technologies organized by the Antwerp Port Training Center from 5 to 16 June 2023 in Antwerp, Belgium. GSR will cover costs associated with travel, accommodation and tuition.

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