Mining News

Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Balmoral Group (Photo: Balmoral Group)

Balmoral Invests in Blaze Manufacturing Solutions

.This latest move comes after Balmoral significantly raised its shareholding in another Aberdeenshire company, ACE Winches, in November.Blaze, established in 2006 and based in Laurencekirk, manufactures fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. The company is run by husband and wife team, Ann and Howard Johnson, and currently employs 24 personnel.Both companies are privately owned with the investment being made to help Blaze achieve its full potential nationally and internationally.Jim Milne, chairman

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

Anyone who has been around the Offshore Oil and Gas or the Marine industries for long has heard of plans for mining various minerals located on or just below the seafloor. In fact, when Howard Hughes built the Glomar Explorer in 1972, the cover story for its true mission – recovering a Soviet submarine - was that the rig would be used to mine manganese nodules from the deep ocean floor.  This cover story was so effective that it had the unintended consequence of stirring great interest in ocean mining among offshore companies and the general public.In the years since, there has been a great

(Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate to Build Two New Submersibles

to 4,000 meters, said it has begun the construction planning for two subs rated for even greater depths in response to increasing demand for commercial and private access to manned submersibles.“Increasing demand for Titanic missions, deep-sea research and environmental supervision of deep-sea mining have further reinforced the business case for adding to our dive capacity,” said Stockton Rush, CEO, OceanGate. “Using a new aerospace manufacturing vendor and ensuring aerospace level quality and control will provide a depth capability of 6,000 meters using the same thickness of carbon

Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Christopher Kelley / NOAA)

China Leading the Deep Sea Mining Race

China is likely to become the first country in the world to start mining seabed minerals if the international rules for exploitation are approved next year, the head of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) said.The quest for exploiting seabed minerals, such as polymetallic nodules containing nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese is driven by demand for smart phones and electric car batteries, and the need to diversify supply.The ISA has already signed 30 contracts with governments, research institutions and commercial entities for exploration phase, with China holding the most, five contracts.

Photo: International Seabed Authority

China Hosts Deep-Sea Exploration Contractors Meet

common interest, and the next steps in moving from exploration to the sustainable development of deep-sea mineral resources.In his remarks at the opening ceremony, ISA Secretary-General Michael W. Lodge highlighted the need to advance the development of regulations for deep-sea mineral exploitation (the Mining code). “It is vitally important to step up the momentum and adopt a Code that is pragmatic and effective but at the same time flexible enough to adapt to new knowledge and changing circumstances,” said Lodge. “We should not miss this generational opportunity.”Once adopted

Photo courtesy of Phoenix

Phoenix & Supsalv Salvage USN Aircraft

, conventional and atmospheric diving, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and ROV operations.Company capabilities are directed to underwater inspection, maintenance, and repair; deep ocean survey, search and recovery operations; submarine rescue; construction; subsea tieback; plug and abandonment; subsea mining; archaeological; and documentary projects

Photo: OSIL

​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

Dr. Gary Borstad (Photo credit: Kevin Murnaghan)

Borstad Receives Val Shaw Memorial Award

Borstad team later helped design and develop the Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager and have since worked with six generations of imaging spectrometers.Dr. Borstad’s work began with marine, fisheries and ecological applications but has also included vessel detection, ice, forestry, agriculture, mining, military and security applications with many advanced sensors. Under his leadership, Borstad Associates built its own high resolution imager for marine mammal surveys and rebuilt the CCRS SWIR Full-Spectrum Imager (SFSI) for operational mineral exploration campaigns. More recently, he has led many

Photo: Teledyne

GOT: Comes to Life Using Teledyne Lidar

of the old city of Dubrovnik, the model for the fictional city of King’s Landing.Lidar is becoming increasingly popular for creating realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI) and visual special effects. Traditionally, lidar has been used for mapping and in construction, civil engineering, mining and transportation. Lidar is now of particular interest in the film industry because of its ability to scan buildings or even entire cities in 3D, while maintaining a high level of detail and accuracy. Lidar’s ability to generate exact replicas of locations reduces the time and cost for 3D

Photo: OSIL

Increasing Global Demand for OSIL Sediment Grabs

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

Marine Technology Magazine Cover Nov 2019 - MTR White Papers: Subsea Vehicles

Marine Technology Reporter is the world's largest audited subsea industry publication serving the offshore energy, subsea defense and scientific communities.

Subscribe
Marine Technology ENews subscription

Marine Technology ENews is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for MTR E-news