Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes

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
Stakeholder workshop deep-sea mining

results of an ongoing study on behalf of the European commission on technological and environmental issues related to deep-sea mining will be discused with stakeholders

Start date: 29/04/2014 - 08:00
Last update: 07/05/14

Kick off meeting - deep-sea mining - summary and presentation by contractor

Yannick Beaudoin (GRID Arendal) Ann Dom (Seas at Risk) German Esteban-Muniz (DG RTD) Nicolas Fournier (Oceana) Johan Gille (Ecorys) Stephen Hodgson (MRAG

Start date: 27/01/2014 - 05:00
Last update: 04/02/14

Kick-off for study on deep-sea mining

Start date: 27/01/2014 - 14:30
Last update: 24/01/14

Commission receives proposal for study on deep-sea mining

Last update: 02/08/13

EU activities for raw materials (not necessarily underwater)

Critical raw materials for the EU Report of the Ad-hoc Working Group on defining critical raw materials

Last update: 05/07/10

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