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June 2017 - Mining the deep ocean floor for valuable metals is both inevitable and vital, according to the scientists, engineers and industrialists exploring the world’s newest mining frontier. Read the Observer article HERE.

March 2016 - The International Seabed Authority and the UK Seabed Resources Limited (UKSRL) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.
The area allocated to the Contractor covers a total surface of 74,919 square kilometres (km2) in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ)
This is the fourteenth contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the CCZ. More information at International Seabed Authority

February 2016; On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly - automated and sustainable technologies for deep - sea mining with minimal environmental pressures. More information at BlueNodules.eu

12 Nov 2015: 250 ton SubSea machines for deep sea mining in Papua New Guines. See article in Maritime Executive HERE
An animation of how the seafloor production system works can be viewed HERE