On 6 June 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of two (2) candidates for at-sea onboard training opportunities provided by the Government of the Republic of Poland in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with ISA.

The selected candidates are:

  1. David E. Mbaga from United Rep. of Tanzania
  2. Taspiya Hamid from Bangladesh

The cruise will focus on geophysical research and on-board equipment. The objective of the training is to develop the expertise of the trainees in the field of polymetallic sulphides exploration. The cruise is set to mobilize in Baltimore, USA and training will last for approximately 35 days between mid-July and August 2022 (exact dates TBC).


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