Subsea Mining News

The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system - Credit: Forum Energy Technologies

Amman Mineral Orders Forum ROV for Subsea Mining Support

to support its mining operations at Indonesia's second-largest copper and gold mine.Forum Energy Technologies said Friday that, under the order, it would supply one of its observation-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to be deployed at Batu Hijau on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, for subsea mining operations. The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system will be equipped with two five-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. The new asset will replace the company’s current Super Mohawk ROV and incorporates much of the existing surface equipment.Per the

(Photo: Allseas)

Drillship to Be Converted for Subsea Mining

Swiss-based offshore contractor Allseas said it has acquired an ultra-deepwater drillship for conversion to a polymetallic nodule collection vessel.In partnership with deep sea mining company DeepGreen Metals Inc., Allseas is developing a deep-sea mineral collection system to recover polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor and transfer them to the surface for transportation to shore. The nodules contain high grades of nickel, manganese, copper and cobalt—key metals required for building electric vehicle batteries and renewable energy technologies.The former Vitoria 10000 will be converted to

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

.pdf TechnicalWhen transitioning from the prospecting phase to the commercial exploitation phase, there are four main challenges to be faced:1. Designing and building a suitable mining support vessel or installation.2. Designing and building proper subsea mining tools – that is, the machines actually perform the mineral extraction on the seafloor.3. Designing and building the riser and lift system for transporting the mineral slurry to the surface.4. Once on the surface, dewatering and cargo handling.However, the most daunting technical challenge

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

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

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

called UX-1b to map and monitor the contours of confined sunken mines, and an EU-backed consortium is also about to launch (as are the Norwegians) a mining system comprising a nodule-crunching tracked vehicle, its launch-and-recovery unit and a specialty “drone”. In fact, the future of subsea mining looks set to always be a tracked vehicle with a supporting cast of ROV, AUV and now HROV escorts.The EVA subsea-mining support vessel, a hybrid or HROV, is part of a mining system that consists of a large, 20-tonne mining vehicle and a surface launch-and-recovery barge that might be easily replaced

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

environmental temperature, pressure, sound velocity and inclinometer sensors. Low power consumption (up to four years of battery life in listening mode) and intelligent ping management feature make Canopus suited for subsea operations such as seafloor Geodesy, subsea monitoring, construction or subsea mining.“We needed a highly accurate and reliable system able to provide precise measurements over many years,” said Jean-Yves Royer, in charge of the project at the IUEM. “The autonomy provided by the Canopus transponder, along with its ease-of-use and the availability of the iXblue

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Exploring Deep-seafloor Mineral Deposits

A new project funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and led by Professor Bramley Murton at the National Oceanography Center (NOC), will aim to reduce the potential environmental impact of future subsea mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective.Many deep-seafloor mineral deposits, which can provide vital new metals for emerging technologies, including those that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, were formed by hot springs on the seafloor. The big question facing geologists is whether these deposits – the vast majority of which

Elizabeth Paull (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Hires Paull as Business Development Manager

the firm’s business within the growing aquaculture and renewables industries, the navigation and positioning technology company announced.Paull, who joins Sonardyne from subsea instrumentation and systems company Aquatec Group, will also focus on other developing ocean industry markets, such as subsea mining, for Sonardyne’s widening portfolio of products.The ocean space is home to an increasing number of offshore renewables facilities, including offshore wind farms and marine energy devices, and aquaculture operations, as companies look to diversify and countries seek to grow their energy

The VAMOS vehicle at SMD’s Head Office Turbinia Works (Photo: SMD)

SMD Tests Subsea Mining Vehicle Prototype

A new robotic underwater mining vehicle prototype has completed first stage testing in a project set to uncover valuable European underwater mineral resources.   U.K.-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is technical lead on the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture, which is part-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.   At a cost of approximately €12.6 million ($14.9 million), SMD and its partners in the VAMOS Consortium, have

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