JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2018) – – China Ocean Mineral Resources Research & Development Association (COMRA) and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) are offering training opportunities to candidates from developing States under their 2019 Training Programme.


COMRA is offering six (6) at-sea training places.  Four (4) candidates with geological/geophysical background and two (2) with biological/ environmental background will be selected.

The exploration cruise is schedule to take place on board R/V Dayang Yihao from February to May 2019 for approximately 30 days in COMRA’s contract area in the southwest Indian Ridge. The training will focus on the survey of mineral resources and environmental baseline. The main content of the programme will include geological and biological sampling, geophysical survey and the collection of environmental baseline data.

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OMS is offering ten (10) three-month internships in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to provide trainees with a wide range of knowledge and hands-on experience related to deep sea mining.

The first three placements will take place from January to March 2019. One trainee will work on assessing the distribution and abundance of polymetallic nodules from seafloor photographs in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone with two trainees to work on deep sea biological material handling and assessment under the supervision of scientists involved in the exploration cruises.

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All applications for the above training programmes should be submitted by the deadlines through the online training portal OR via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority, to using application forms which can be downloaded from the website.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was “Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building”(#OceanAction15467). We therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.