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​OSIL's Deep-Sea Mining Data Tools​

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) continues to consolidate its deep-sea scientific data collection tools for use in the environmental management of deep sea mining & impact assessment of other deep-sea activities.OSIL’s product range now includes a 0.5m2 Giant box corer for bulk sampling in biological, chemical and geochemical applications. Box corers provide a large well-preserved sample in a range of sediment types with easy access to the substrate for sub sampling.The OSIL Giant Piston corer can retrieve cores of up to 60m in length from soft sediments and muds, as the action of

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Increasing Global Demand for OSIL Sediment Grabs

smaller capacity benthic grabs, including the ubiquitous Van Veen grab (available in various sizes and bucket configurations), with recent shipments going to academic and government organizations, as well as commercial outfits, for use on site investigations, baseline surveys, dredge monitoring and deep sea mining projects. All grabs are manufactured from 316 Stainless Steel with optional ballast weights available for increased penetration, as well as landing tables to aid sample recovery for more complex designs. Bucket sieves and sieving tables are also available.The robust sediment grab range compliments

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

. These include the DART deep sea survey AUV and the autonomous deep-sea robotic lander dubbed, TURTLE.“The (TURTLE) has clear applications in subsea mining as it is a special AUV that can stay on the bottom for extended periods of time and is capable of moving itself to another location. In deep sea mining, it can be used either in local support of operations (as in providing local acoustic navigation support or an AUV charging dock) or in the transport of equipment to and from the sea bottom to the surface.”Nodule cruncher: the mining machine EVA is scheduled to support. Photo: The EU VAMOS

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GCE Subsea Announces Rebrand

. "We have branched out and people’s jobs have become more secure. We needed a new name to reflect these changes."The cluster said it will maintain its focus on the oil and gas sector as it broadens its scope to also include renewable energy and other areas such as aquaculture and deep sea mining technology."These measures will contribute to opening up new markets and thereby enable growth." Hagesæther said. "Moreover, it will contribute to an improved cash flow, the creation of more jobs, the increase of export income, and to reducing the level of risk in our companies&r

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

these resources - whose supply is dwindling fast onshore - more and more countries, including manufacturing powerhouses India and China, are eyeing the ocean."We have to depend on ocean resources sooner or later ... there is no other way," said Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, head of India's deep sea mining project at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in the southern city of Chennai."For the future of mankind ... the ocean is the only hope," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.India, Asia's third-largest economy, is going full steam ahead in anticipation of the

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Nautilus Minerals to Acquire Production Support Vessel

production equipment on the PSV, with the latest being the installation of an operating console in mid-November. The company is currently in negotiations with various parties to enable the acquisition of the PSV to facilitate the proposed Vessel JV.Nautilus is also currently in discussions with Deep Sea Mining Finance to extend the maturity date of the existing secured loan facility provided by the lender, which is currently due on January 8, 2019, in order to allow sufficient time for the company to progress the transactions discussed above

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China Plumbs Ocean Depths for Cobalt

licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.The cobalt-rich crusts could one day curb the world's dependence on cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo, but most companies say deep sea mining is a distant prospect.Maersk Supply Service, part of shipping company Maersk, is working with Canada's DeepGreen to harvest metallic rocks from the ocean floor."It is a promising business area with the potential for significant future growth," Maersk Supply Service said in an email

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New ROV Tools for Deep Sea Mining Monitoring

Global environmental monitoring and sediment sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have augmented its offering of deep sea sampling equipment for remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) with a multiple water sample collection system with inbuilt water quality monitoring.OSIL’s range of ROV tools now not only includes the instrumented water sample collection system, but also an undisturbed sediment sampling system, an instrumented pressure activated camera system, and a deep sea solenoid actuator, which can be adapted to suit application requirements.The ROV tools are

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

A series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in a region of the Pacific Ocean targeted for deep-sea nodule mining, as part of a new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton.Initially perplexed by the mysterious tracks, researchers concluded they were not related to mining or scientific operations within the area; they appeared too large to be created by fish or any other typical deep-sea animals; and

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

prove the application and capability of the ASSSS system for smaller survey operations.According to ASV Global, the main objective of this project is to accelerate the wider adoption of unmanned systems and enable long term, low-cost survey and monitoring operations for offshore energy applications, deep sea mining prospecting and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) monitoring.There will also be a consequential reduction in the need to place humans in dangerous environments and a greater acceptability of unmanned systems by operators and regulators, the company said, adding adoption of the technology is likely

Anglo American to End Investment in Deep Sea Miner Nautilus

Diversified miner Anglo American said on Friday it will end its investment in deep sea mining company Nautilus Mining."We are exiting our small minority shareholding in Nautilus, as part of the prioritisation of our portfolio on our largest and greatest potential resource assets," Anglo spokesman James Wyatt-Tilby said, confirming a report in the Financial Times.Anglo has a 4 percent stake in Toronto-listed Nautilus. Nautilus mines offshore in Papua New Guinea and Australia for minerals such as copper, gold, nickel and cobalt.(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Susan

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