Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes

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Mineral exploration and exploitation

Deep seabed mining has been arousing interest since the 1960s but no commercial mining activity has yet begun. However, in the last decade interest has increased. Operations would be controlled from a floating platform at the sea surface and target one of four broad classes of deposits:

  • polymetallic nodules;
  • polymetallic sulphides;
  • cobalt-rich crusts
  • rare earth element-rich deep-sea sediments
EU research on Deep Sea Mining up to 2016

EU research programmes contributed €27 million on three major projects starting in 2013 , 2014 and 2016 and researchers from eleven countries contributed €13.2 million for a joint effort under the auspices of the Joint Programming Initiative for Seas and Oceans

Last update: 27/02/17

An agreed science case for a strategic management plan for the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the North Atlantic

follow up to meeting at Horta in the Azores and aimed at identifying areas of particular environmental interest

Start date: 02/11/2016 (All day)
Last update: 01/02/18

Study to investigate the state of knowledge of deep-sea mining

The study covers the current and latest state of knowledge of deep-sea mining, including the geological potential, the relevant technologies, the economic viability, the environmental implications, the legal regime, and an inventory of ongoing exploration and exploitation projects.

Last update: 01/02/18

Workshop: Towards the development of a strategic Environmental Management Plan for deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation in the Atlantic basin

A workshop was held in Horta, Azores, 1-3 June 2015 in order to identify elements for a strategic Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation along the Atlantic in the international seabed Area

Start date: 01/06/2015 - 00:00
Last update: 01/02/18

Informal meeting on deep-sea mining

Commisison services presented an overview of ongoing activities

Start date: 09/02/2015 - 14:00
Last update: 01/02/18

New Frontiers - Ocean Minerals Exploration and Development Brussels June, 2014

presentations on current state of deep-sea mining

Last update: 14/09/14

Draft report on deep sea mining

covers geological, legal, economic, technological and environmental issues as well as an overview of ongoing and planed activity

Last update: 01/02/18

Presentation of draft final report on deep-sea mining

The participants also looked at preliminary results of the public consultation

Start date: 01/07/2014 - 00:00
Last update: 06/07/14

Workshop on best practices on mining policies and technologies - deep-sea mining

session on mining in extreme environments

Start date: 13/06/2014 - 00:00
Last update: 30/05/14

Study to investigate state of knowledge of Deep Sea Mining: interim report

in order to develop an informed approach to deep-sea mining, the European Commission launched a study. A draft interim report has been delivered after 4 months looking at technological, economic, geological, legal and environmental aspects

Last update: 01/02/18


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