JAMAICA, Kingston (11 May 2018) – – The Authority participated recently in the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston which was held from 30 April to 3 May 2018.

As an Invited Organisation, the Authority featured an exhibition booth on the work of the authority and hosted a panel discussion on the Progress and Prospects in Deep Sea Mining – 50 Years On, where experts and scientists presented the progress in exploration, deep sea mineral resources, classification and mineral processing of seabed minerals, and deep water AUV/ROV technology.

Presenters at the panel discussions were Secretary-General Michael Lodge, Charles Morgan of Moana Hohonu Consulting LLC; Gerard Barron of Deep Green Resources; Kris van Nijen of Global Sea Mineral Resources; Mariusz Jędrysek, Government Plenipotentiary for National Raw Materials Policy, Poland; Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera of the Federal Institute for Geosciences & Natural Resources and Daniel Jones of the National Oceanography Centre.  

The Director of the Authority’s Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources, Sandor Mulsow also presented on behalf of Georgy Cherkashov of the Russian Federation who was not able to attend.  The panel discussion was moderated by science writer and journalist, Angela Posada-Swafford.

The exhibition booth attracted a lot of interest, and provided information on the activities of the Authority and its exploration contractors to visitors who stopped by during the conference.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC2018) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. It is sponsored by 13 industry organisations and societies, who work cooperatively to develop the technical programme and gives access to leading-edge technical information, equipment exhibition and ground-breaking innovations and leading providers of products and services in one place at one time.


From L-R: Daniel Jones, Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera, Sandor Mulsow, Kris van Nijen, Gerard Barron, Charles Morgan, Michael Lodge and Mariusz Jędrysek

From L-R: Kris van Nijen, Michael Lodge, Angela Posada-Swafford, Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera, Sandor Mulsow and Chapi Mwango