JAMAICA, Kingston (12 May 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority and China Minmetals Corporation have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules.

The exploration contract was signed on Friday, 12 May in Beijing, China by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge and the Chairman of China Minmetals Corporation, He Wenbo. 

The allocated area covers a surface area of 72,745 km2 of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the Pacific Ocean.

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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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 (25 July 2016) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority, in a rare night meeting in Kingston on Friday 22 July, completed the election of a new cadre of experts to serve on the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) for the next five years, after agreeing to increase the number of members to 30 on an exceptional and temporary basis, and without prejudice to future elections. 

Following the Council’s meeting, the Authority’s Assembly concluded its work for the 22nd session, approving a two-year budget of $17,130,700 for 2017 to 2018.  

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2017) - - Addressing the Meeting of States Parties for the first time as Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge drew particular attention to issues for discussion at the 23rd Session of the Authority in August which include the consideration of the report of the Review Committee of article 154 review, the ongoing development of a mining code, the status of exploration contracts and the financial situation of the Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 April 2018) - -  His Excellency Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Cardi is also Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York and was formerly one of the Vice-Presidents of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Chairman of the Second Committee at the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

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.

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.