JAMAICA, Kingston (26 July 2017) – – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Russian Federation is offering five (5) training places for candidates from developing States, under two separate training programmes, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The training opportunities were first advertised in March 2017 and are being re-advertised with the new training dates scheduled for October/November 2017.

Through one of its seven Voluntary Commitments at the UN Ocean Conference (Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building) – the Authority strongly encourages suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

The programmes are each divided into two parts: (a) theoretical courses; and (b) at-sea training on board research vessels.

1.    Under the contract for polymetallic sulphides the MNRE is offering two (2) training places as follows:

a)    Part 1: Theoretical course at Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU) for two weeks in November 2017. The curriculum will include the basics of oceanology and marine ecology; the basics of marine geology and geophysics; methods used for the prospecting and exploration of marine minerals; and technical means and prospects for mining

b)    Part 2: at-sea training, a scientific cruise on board the R/V “PROFESSOR LOGACHEV” in the area of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Duration: six weeks, projected cruise date: November 2017 – January 2018

2.    Under the contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts the MNRE is offering three (3) training places as follows:

a)    Part 1: Theoretical course at Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU) for 15 days during the fourth quarter of 2017 (October – November). The curriculum will include Geology and mineral resources of the international seabed area; mineral deposits of the international seabed area including cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts; and methods and technology required in exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts

b)    Part 2: At-sea training on board the R/V “GELENDZHIK” in the Pacific Ocean for approximately 60 days during October 2017. Trainees will participate in practical geological work.

For more information on these training opportunities, click the ISA/MNRE training paper here: