JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2016) - -  Her Excellency, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith, presented her credentials  to the Secretary-General on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 as the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2017) - - Twenty-seven technical, legal and scientific experts representing sixteen Exploration Contractors began a two-day workshop today, hosted by the International Seabed Authority in Kingston.

The workshop was convened to inform contractors of the progress of the Authority's data management strategy, review its structure, enlist assistance to fill in gaps in data coverage and encourage discussion and feedback. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 April 2018)  - - JSC Yuzhmorgeologiya  is offering six places for candidates from developing States under its 2018 contractor training programme.

The training programme will be broken down into two parts as follows:

Part 1: All six trainees will participate in a theoretical course at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) for approximately 2 weeks during the period October-November 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (30 August 2018) - - Members and  Observers of the Authority as well as other Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the revised draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/Rev.1 and ISBA/24/C/20) by 30 September 2018 to

The Council of the ISA, at its final meeting of the 19th Session, this morning recommended the adoption by the Assembly of a draft decision to institute a fixed overhead charge of $47,000 to be payable annually by contractors to cover the administration and supervision of contracts and review of their annual reports by the Authority.

HE Mr. Paolo Serpi, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 14 November 2012.

Ambassador Serpi has enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career beginning in 1983 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy. He has served his country with many overseas postings which included assignments to Europe, Central Asia, the USA and South America. 

He holds a Degree in Law from the University of Rome. 

The International Seabed Authority began its seventeenth session today with an extensive agenda which includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area and action on pending applications for exploratory contracts.

Scientific experts began a 3-day final review meeting at ISA Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica from 7-9 September to review the Geological Model of polymetallic nodule deposit formation in the Clarion Clipperton Region. 

The International Seabed Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides.‎

The contract was signed in Kingston on 24 June 2014 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and in Seoul on 15 June 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Lee Ju-Young.

Under the contract, the Contractor will have exclusive rights for exploration for polymetallic sulphides over 10,000 square kilometres of the seabed located in the Central Indian Ocean.

His Excellency, Mr. Anibal Julio Jiménez Y Abascal, Ambassador of Spain, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Thursday, 23 April 2015.


JAMAICA, Kingston (14 November 2015) - - Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo, Director of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) paid a courtesy call on the Authority on Tuesday 10 November 2015. 

Professor Rajoo who is in Jamaica on the invitation of the University of the West Indies School of Law shared with the Authority, information about the KLRCA and proposed the possibilities for future collaboration in the following areas: 

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 November 2016) - -  The deadline for comments by members and all stakeholders to the initial working draft regulations and standard contract terms on exploitation for mineral resources in the Area has been extended to 25 November 2016.

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 August 2017) - - The 23rd Session of the International Seabed Authority will be held in Kingston from 8-18 August 2017. The Session is preceded by meetings of the Legal and Technical Commission which began on Monday 31 July and the Finance Committee on Wednesday 2 August. 


The Assembly formally convenes on 8 August and resumes its meetings on 15 August following the completion of agenda items of the Council on 14 August.  It is the turn of the African Group to nominate a candidate for the presidency.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (23 May 2018) - - Deep Ocean Resources Development Co., Ltd. (DORD), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering five (5) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2019 training programme.
The objective of the training is to expose trainees to onboard skills and geophysical technique for the exploration of deep-sea mineral resources.

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 October 2018) - - His Excellency Mr. Francisco Javier Bernales, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Bernales is also Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Chile to Jamaica.

A career diplomat with over twenty years of bilateral and consular experience,  Ambassador Bernales has served in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.