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The International Seabed Authority has received three new applications for seabed exploration licences. The three new applications have been filed in respect of areas located in the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Two of the applications are for exploration for polymetallic sulphides and one relates to polymetallic nodules.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA 15th June 2010 -- The public hearings of the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea regarding the Request for an Advisory Opinion on the responsibilities and obligations of States sponsoring persons and entities with respect to activities in the International Seabed Area opened on 14 September 2010 at 3 p.m. presided by Judge Tullio Treves, President of the Chamber.

Environmental, commercial mining and scientific interests in deep-sea areas may seem to be at odds, but the International Seabed Authority’s Endowment Fund shows the alliance as a successful model for sustainable use of ocean resources.

On 11 September 2014, a Chinese delegation headed by Mr. Jiancai Jin, Secretary General, China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association of the People’s Republic of China (COMRA), visited the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority.

The delegation was composed of officials from the National People’s Congress of China and the China Institute for Marine Affairs.

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2015) - - Procedures and criteria for extending contracts for exploration for marine minerals in the seabed Area due to expire soon, were highlighted in the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on the third day of its Twenty-First session in Kingston (15 July).

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JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2016) - - On 20 June 2016, Secretary-General Nii Odunton addressed the 26th meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 March 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge was opening speaker at the UBA/BGR/ISA International Workshop currently being held in Berlin, Germany. 

In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Lodge said the Authority’s mandate is limited to ‘activities in the Area’, which are defined as exploration for and exploitation of deep seabed mineral resources. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 March 2018) - -  On Monday 12 March 2018,  Ms. Michelle Walker of Jamaica was elected as Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission. She succeeds Mr. Christian Reichert of Germany. 

Ms. Walker is currently Head of the Legal Unit of the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has been a member of the Commission for four years. She served as Vice-Chair in 2017.

The Commission began the first part of its 2018 24th Session meetings in Kingston from 12-23 March 2018. It will also meet for a second time from 2-13 July 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2018) - - On 23 July 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr Michael Lodge, presented the inaugural edition of the ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research at the 24th session of the Assembly of the Authority.

The Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research is one of seven Voluntary Commitments officially registered by the International Seabed Authority at the UN Ocean conference that was held in New York in June 2017 (#OceanAction15796).

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On 31 December 2013, the Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crust in the Area submitted by Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), which is a Brazilian State Enterprise. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The application area is in the Rio Grande Rise and the applicant has elected to offer an equity interest in a joint venture arrangement with the Enterprise in lieu of a reserved area.

The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has received a proposal from Nautilus Minerals Inc., (‘Nautilus’) a company incorporated in Canada, to enter into negotiations to form a joint venture with the Enterprise for the purpose of developing eight of the reserved area blocks in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ).

The terms of the proposal by Nautilus are set out in a draft heads of agreement, which is annexed to a document to be submitted for the consideration of the Council at the nineteenth session in July 2013 under symbol ISBA/19/C/4.

Ambassador Paola Amadei, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, presented her credentials as the Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General on 8 February 2012.

Ambassador Amadei is also Head of the EU Delegation to Belize, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, with responsibility also for the Cayman Islands and the Turk and Caicos Islands.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this morning adopted a $13,014,700 budget for the Authority's operations for the 2011-2012 biennium.

The Assembly also adopted a draft decision (ISBA/16/A/L.3) authorizing the Secretary-General to establish a scale of assessments of contributions for 2011-2012 based on that used for the regular budget of the United Nations for 2010.

All MAPS are available for download online through the CONTRACTOR main menu and via the Exploration Areas page off the dropdown submenu.

A web-enabled interface of the ISA Geographic Information System displaying resource data from the Central Data Repository (CDR) is also in the process of coming online.  The system will continue to be developed as a platform to integrate available information and additional data from various sources.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for applications for the training programme to be provided by China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) in 2015 pursuant to the contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides between the International Seabed Authority and COMRA.