Seabed Mining News


EXPLAINER-Why Does Norway Want to Mine the Seabed?

Sep 14, 2023

Norway may become the first country to start commercial deep sea mining, if parliament approves a government proposal to open an offshore area larger than the United Kingdom, despite international calls for a global moratorium. Parliament is set to discuss the government's bill this autumn…

Norway Should Call Off Deep Sea Mining Plans, Key Ally Says

Sep 14, 2023

Norway's minority government should withdraw its proposal to open a vast Arctic offshore area to deep sea mining and call at least a ten-year moratorium on the activity, its key backer in parliament, said.Norway could become the first nation…

Transocean's Drillship to be Used for Deep-Sea Mineral Exploration

Feb 10, 2023

Offshore drilling company Transocean has agreed to invest in DEME Group’s subsidiary Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (“GSR”) in exchange for a non-controlling stake in the company. GSR is the deep-sea mineral exploratory company engaged in the…

Norway Finds 'Substantial' Mineral Resources on Its Seabed

Jan 27, 2023

A Norwegian study has found a 'substantial' amount of metals and minerals ranging from copper to rare earth metals on the seabed of its extended continental shelf, authorities said on Friday in their first official estimates. The Nordic country…

TMC's NORI, Allseas Lift 3,000t of Seabed Nodules from Pacific Ocean

Nov 14, 2022

TMC, the company that describes itself as an explorer of the world’s largest estimated undeveloped source of critical battery metals, said Monday that its subsidiary NORI and offshore partner Allseas had successfully concluded the first integrated…

Australian Mining Magnate Calls for Ban on Seabed Mining

Nov 08, 2022

Fortescue Metals executive chairman Andrew Forrest on Tuesday said his charitable foundation is in favor of a pause on seabed mining, the first time a prominent mining executive has spoken out against the nascent industry.Forrest said the Minderoo Foundation…

VIDEO: 'Historic Moment' as Seabed Nodules Collected and Lifted to Production Vessel Using 4 km Riser

Oct 12, 2022

The Metals Company (TMC) said Wednesday it had collected an initial batch of seafloor polymetallic nodules, and transported them up a 4km-long riser system to the surface in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean.TMC, the explorer…

EMGS Tapped for Marine Mineral Survey

Aug 18, 2022

Norwegian offshore survey services firm Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has been selected as the acquisition provider for the NTNU ATLAB consortium. The consortium was formed to study geophysical imaging of geological processes and has received funding from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate…

Marine Minerals – A New Opportunity for Subsea Oil and Gas Technology

Jun 15, 2022

2023 could be a significant year for subsea mining, both in Norway and internationally. Norway’s environmental impact assessment for marine mining is ongoing, and the opening of the first Norwegian area for marine mining licenses is due to be approved while the International Seabed Authority (ISA)…

TMC, Allseas Complete Initial Deepwater Trials of Polymetallic Nodule Collector Vehicle

May 05, 2022

The Metals Company (TMC) and Allseas have successfully completed the initial deep-water trials of the polymetallic nodule collector vehicle in the Atlantic Ocean, TMC said Thursday.To remind, back in March, The Metals Company (TMC), a company…

Offshore Driller Transocean Buys Stake in Seabed Minerals Exploration Firm

Mar 29, 2022

Transocean, known for its offshore oil and gas drilling rigs services, said Tuesday it had acquired a minority interest in Ocean Minerals Ltd., a company engaged in the exploration of seabed resources containing metals critical to the growing renewable energy market…

Sustainable Seabed Mining: Impossible Mining Partners Up with Boskalis

Mar 28, 2022

Impossible Mining, a company developing sustainable seabed mining technology, has said it has partnered up with the Dutch marine services company Boskalis to explore the integration of its robotics with vessel operations for selective harvesting of nodules in the Cook Islands…

TMC, Allseas Wet-test Robotic Nodule Collector Vehicle in Port of Rotterdam

Mar 22, 2022

The Metals Company (TMC), a company extracting battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, said it had together with its strategic partner and shareholder, Allseas, successfully completed deployment and wet-test commissioning of their pilot robotic nodule collector vehicle…

TMC, Allseas to Develop Commercial Seabed Nodule Collection System. Plan to Buy Another Drillship

Mar 18, 2022

The Metals Company (TMC), a company extracting battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, said Friday its subsidiary NORI had signed a non-binding term sheet with its strategic partner and shareholder, Allseas to develop and operate a commercial nodule collection system…

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