Seafloor Mining Tool Contract

Nautilus Minerals has announced the award of a contract worth approximately GBP33 million (USD66.5 million), to Soil Machine Dynamics of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), for the design and build of two Seafloor Mining Tools (SMTs) and to provide a development update for its Solwara 1 Project, located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea.   According to David Heydon, Nautilus' CEO, this first order is a historic step in the creation of a new industry and a major milestone for the Nautilus team, who continue to meet the development timelines for the delivery of the Solwara 1 Project. Nautilus... (read more)
2008-01-02 10:36:22

Mining Prospects High for Cornwall

Cornwall, UK, is synonymous with tin mining, having built its fortunes in previous centuries extracting and producing the metal for export around the world. A new and exciting project has now been launched that will build on Cornwall’s mining heritage with an ambitious proposal to recover tin deposits from the waters off the North Coast of Cornwall. Marine Minerals Ltd (MML) is a Cornish company created to investigate the viability of this project and Coastline Surveys was asked to play a major role in the early investigative surveys to establish the characteristics of the mineral bearing sands off the coast... (read more)
2013-07-31 12:17:53

AUV Operations in Marine Mining

DBM GEOSURVEY is the marine survey arm of De Beers Marine, the world’s largest marine precious mineral mining company. DBM GEOSURVEY has pioneered the development of geophysical survey systems over the past 20 years to improve mineral resource development and support DBM’s mining activities. Core to this development was the decision to adopt autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as the primary survey platform. We look back on the challenges and successes of 7 years of AUV operations.<P> One of the key factors crucial to the success in offshore diamond mining and exploration operations is the ability to improve geological understanding of... (read more)
2008-07-04 12:00:00

SMD Delivers Deep Sea Mining Vehicles

Subsea engineering company SMD has passed a significant milestone as the MV Happy Delta, loaded with the world’s first deep sea mining vehicles, has left the Port of Tyne in the UK. As well as the three mining machines or seafloor production tools (SPTs), SMD designed and manufactured the full spread equipment required to remotely operate, launch and recover the SPTs from the deck of the ship onto which they will be installed in 2017. The SPTs and associated equipment, totalling over 1,000 tonnes, have been loaded onto the vessel which has set sail for Duqm Port in Oman where... (read more)
2016-02-02 04:15:59

Subsea Mining Moves to Continental Shelf

Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. However, deposits in coastal areas beneath the shallow, more accessible continental shelf could help to meet the growing demand for mineral resources. This is the conclusion of a group of researchers from GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, in a contribution in the internationally renowned magazine 'Nature Geoscience'. The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialised... (read more)
2017-02-09 11:05:43

2H Offshore Joins Deepwater Mining Consortium

2H Offshore, UK, has joined an international European consortium comprising 19 leading industry and research organisations to develop deepwater mining solutions. Over the next four years, the European Commission-funded project Blue Mining is developing seabed mining practices by creating new, cost-effective solutions for environmentally friendly mining and processing in challenging and extreme environments. The Blue Mining project aims to unlock the huge potential of raw materials in untapped areas of the oceans. 2H Offshore has a key role in the development of the vertical transport system and will be working closely with the other consortium members to develop novel methods... (read more)
2014-07-22 12:00:00

3D Modelling Software for Marine Mining

AuruMar, headquartered in South Africa, has purchased Maptek Vulcan 3D modelling software for its marine continental shelf exploration operations. AuruMar will apply Vulcan GeoModeller to the mineral resource development programme for its 26 mining leases offshore of Nome, Alaska. The company wanted to be able to look at and model its geological data in 3D, according to Urban Burger, AuruMar geologist. Vulcan GeoModeller provides a complete set of tools for exploration and mining geologists with functionality for both stratigraphic and non-stratigraphic deposits. AuruMar is a technical services company based in Cape Town, South Africa. It was established in October 2009... (read more)
2012-06-26 02:55:24
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