JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2018) - - China Ocean Mineral Resources Research & Development Association (COMRA) and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) are offering training opportunities to candidates from developing States under their 2019 Training Programme.


COMRA is offering six (6) at-sea training places.  Four (4) candidates with geological/geophysical background and two (2) with biological/ environmental background will be selected.

His Excellency, Mr. Bernardo Guanche Hernández, the new Ambassador of Cuba to Jamaica presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the International Seabed Authority on Thursday, 7 November 2013.

Ambassador Hernández succeeds Ambassador Gala López who completed his term of office in August this year.

On 6 February 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

29 NOVEMBER 2011, NADI, FIJI -- Speaking at the opening of the Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals, Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority told participants that ISA has taken steps to augment the international community's knowledge base in order to facilitate adequate environmental protection from mining.

He said these steps included standardizing data and data collection methods in order to develop robust databases to facilitate decision-making.

Syamal Kanti Das of India was yesterday elected President of Council of the International Seabed Authority for 2010. 

Mr Das (Biographical Note) is currently Advisor of his country's Ministry of Earth Sciences and Secretary to the Earth Science Commission of the Government of India.

At its session, Council also elected four vice-presidents : Cote d'Ivoire (African Group) Trinidad and Tobago (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), Poland (Eastern European Group) and Italy (Western European and Others Group).

Ambassador Maria Teresa Infante, National Director, Division of Frontiers and Limits, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Friday, 7 March 2014. She was accompanied by Ambassador Eduardo Bonilla, Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (February 26, 2015)  -- The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the South African Government will co-host a Sensitization Seminar in Tshwane, South Africa from 17-19 March 2015.

The Seminar is titled "Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area : Challenges for Africa and Opportunities for Collaborative Research in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Atlantic Indian Ridge and the South-West Indian Ridge".

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As part of its training programme, in its contract signed on 14 January 2013, Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR), is offering a training opportunity for one fellowship from a developing State.

According to the GSR Training Programme, the two-year “Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management” programme will be organized by the Faculty of Science of the Free University of Brussels, Antwerp University and Ghent University with GSR providing travel, accommodation and tuition costs.


JAMAICA, Kingston (28 October 2016) - -  Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, presented her credentials to the Secretary-General as the new Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority on 26 October 2016.  She is also the Head of the Delegation to Belize, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands with the rank and title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 July 2017) - - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Russian Federation is offering five (5) training places for candidates from developing States, under two separate training programmes, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The training opportunities were first advertised in March 2017 and are being re-advertised with the new training dates scheduled for October/November 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its administration in the hands of an international organization to be created for that specific purpose. 

As part of its mandate, the International Seabed Authority has been entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the effective protection and preservation of the marine environment, including the impact on biodiversity.  

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 October 2018) - - His Excellency Dr. Bernd von Münchow – Pohl, today presented his Credentials to Secretary-General Michael Lodge as the Permanent Representative of Germany to the International Seabed Authority.

Prior to being posted to Jamaica, he was Ambassador of Germany to Niger.

Ambassador Dr von Münchow – Pohl has been a member of the Diplomatic Service since 1988 and has served in various functions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The nineteenth session of the International Seabed Authority ended a day early in Kingston on Thursday 25 July after its Assembly completed debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report and acted on four decisions.

Acting on recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Seabed Council yesterday afternoon approved the plans of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area submitted by four entities.

Adopting the four draft decisions (documents ISBA/17/C/2, 3,4 and 5,), as amended during debate, the Council requested the Authority’s Secretary-General to issue them with plans of work in the form of contracts with the Authority in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Experts attending the final review meeting of the geological model have agreed on a schedule of corrections/modifications to the model and the Prospector's Guide to be completed by the end of October 2009.