Draft Agenda 2014

DAY 1: MONDAY, 17 MARCH 2014
0830 - 0930 REGISTRATION AND MORNING REFRESHMENTS
0930 - 0945 OPENING ADDRESS
0945 - 1010SPECIAL: OFFSHORE COUNCIL
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  • The key drivers behind deep sea mining
  • A cost-benefit comparison of seabed mining versus land based mining
  • The social, environmental, and economic aspects of seabed mining activities
Gerard Barron
Offshore Council
CHAIRED BY WYLIE SPICER, NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHTTECHNOLOGY FOCUS
1015 - 1040 NETWORKED UNDERSEA SYSTEMS FOR DEEP SEA OPERATIONS
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  • New technological developments for a more cost effective solution
  • Advanced communications enable undersea systems to wirelessly communicate
  • Networked undersea solutions for ocean observations
Justin Manley
Teledyne Marine Systems
1040 - 1105REACHING DEEPER - NEW WINCH DEVELOPMENTS GO FURTHER
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  • A new holistic approach to deepwater winch systems
  • Exploring and developing mining opportunities in deeper waters
  • Deepwater lowering solutions capable of handling more challenging situations
Gregor McPherson
Caley Ocean Systems
1105 - 1130 MORNING COFFEE BREAK
1135 - 1200 NEW SUBMERSIBLE GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING
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  • The latest developments at Igeotest
  • Submarine geotechnical drilling in rocks: from single-shot to wire-line
  • The Mini Drill and the MD500 drilling technologies
Marcos Arroyo
Igeotest SL
1200 - 1225CERTIFICATION OF SUBSEA MINING EQUIPMENT
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  • The importance of design and manufacturing compliance to meet certain specifications
  • The suitability of equipment for use in the most challenging environments

Sudheer Chand
ABS USA

1225 - 1250NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT KONGSBERG MARITIME
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  • An up to date overview of the complete range of vehicles available form Kongsberg
  • The new MUNIN vehicle
Peter Bennett
Kongsberg Maritime
1250 - 1315USING TECHNOLOGIES, SENSORS, AND SYSTEMS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING - EXPERIENCES FROM THE NORWEGIAN SHELF
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  • Using hull borne and AUV/ROV mounted acoustic, including optical and chemical systems for environmental mapping
  • Seabed mapping and spatial documentation of benthic ecosystems
  • Experiences from the Norwegian continental shelf, slope, continental rise
Terje Thorsnes
Geological Survey of Norway [NGU]
1315 - 1430 NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1435 - 1500USING REAL-TIME SONAR TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST IN NAVIGATION AND MEASUREMENT FOR SUBSEA MINING
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  • Advanced sonar technologies for real-time navigation under challenging conditions
  • Using multibeam technologies to transfer large data for better processing time, visualisation, and operational experience

Scott McLay
Tritech International Ltd

CHAIRED BY DR. GEOFFROY LAMARCHE, NIWA SCIENTIFIC AND SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS
1505 - 1530TOOLS FOR LONG-TERM MONITORING HUMAN IMPACT - EUROPEAN OCEAN OBSERVATORY AND OTHER EXAMPLES
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  • The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO)
  • Long-term monitoring in the context of deep sea mining
  • An update on the new EU project MIDAS [Managing Impacts of Deep Sea Resource Extraction]

Dr. Daniel Jones

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory [EMSO]

1530 - 1555UNDERWATER NOISE MODELLING AND ITS USE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
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  • Anthropogenic underwater noise and its potential impacts on marine life
  • Methods for assessing noise propagation from activities including numerical modelling predictions
  • How underwater noise modelling can aid the EIA process and assessing the potential impacts on marine species

Diane Jones

Tom Matthewson
HR Wallingford

1555 - 1630AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
1635 - 1700 AN INNOVATIVE MULTILAYER RAPID ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT ADAPTED TO THE MANAGEMENT OF DEEP SEA HABITATS
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  • A rapid multilayer ecological assessment for the management of deep sea habitats
  • Developing a Multilayer Assessment Program with specific objectives in mind

Dr. Virginie Tilot
Dr Juan Moreno-Navas

Museum of Natural History, Paris

Academy of Overseas Sciences, France

1700 - 1725 FROM PRINCIPLES TO PRACTICE: A SPATIAL APPROACH TO SYSTEMATIC CONSERVATION PLANNING IN THE DEEP SEA
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  • Balancing economic interests with the conversation of abyssal plain ecosystems
  • A systematic approach to spatial management and "zoning" of the deep sea
  • Recommendations to safe guard biodiversity and ecosystem function
Dr. Lisa Wedding
Dr. Jack Nils Kittinger
Stanford Woods Institute
1725 - 1750A SCIENTIFIC VIEW ON THE OPERATIONS OF DEEP SEA MINING
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  • A research perspective on the impacts of rock cutting and associated activities under a hyperbaric environment
  • The excavation of materials under such conditions and scenarios of riser blockages and turbidity plumes
  • Recent findings and recommendations on impact minimisation
Rudy Helmons
Offshore and Dredging Engineering
TU Delft
1750 - 1815ASSESSING THE DEEP SEA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF MINING
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  • The regional scale impacts of deep sea mining
  • Assessing the cumulative impacts of more than one deep sea mining operation in a region
  • Predicting and mitigating environmental impacts on the marine environment
Tracy Shimmield
Kenny Black
SAMS Research Services (SRSL)
1815 - 1830CLOSING REMARKS
1830 - 1900 NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION
DAY 2: TUESDAY, 18 MARCH 2014
0830 - 0900 MORNING REFRESHMENTS
0900 - 0910OPENING ADDRESS
CHAIRED BY PROF. DAVID CRONAN, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDONPROSPECTING AND EXPLORATION FOCUS
0910 - 0935DEEPGREEN RESOURCES INC
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  • The business case for seafloor polymetallic nodule mining
  • Opportunities for traders and consumers looking for Mn, Ni and Cu supplies
  • Opportunities for service providers, contractors and equipment suppliers in this major emerging industry
Gerard Barron
DeepGreen Resources Inc
0935 - 1000 DEEP SEA MINERAL RESOURCES IN NEW ZEALAND
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  • New Zealand's large SMS, manganese and phosphate deposits
  • Recent exploration activities related to the extraction of phosphate nodules in the EEZ
  • Scientific research actively supporting mineral exploration by providing geological, biological and environmental data

Geoffroy Lamarche

Malcolm Clark
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research [NIWA]

1000 - 1025NORTH ATLANTIC MARINE MINERALS AND OCEAN MINING POTENTIAL
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  • Large areas of interest for SMS exploration along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
  • Recent updates on marine minerals research and the ocean mining potential in Norway
Dr. Fredrik Soreide
NTNU, Norway
1025 - 1100MORNING COFFEE BREAK
1105 - 1130STATE-OF-THE-ART IN EXPLORATION AND EVALUATION OF SEAFLOOR MASSIVE SULPHIDE DEPOSITS
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  • Exploration and evaluation of seafloor massive sulphide deposits
  • A case study from the deepest hydrothermal systems on Earth and beyond

Bramley Murton

Marine Geosciences Group
National Oceanography Centre [NOC]

1130 - 1155EXPLORATION MODELS FOR EXTINCT AND SUB-SMS DEPOSITS: MINEROLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND OFF-AXIS REGIONS
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  • Identifying and characterising sites of economic value
  • Detecting hydrothermal plumes (“black smoke”) from active fields with true ore models
  • Using land-based exploration practices for seabed exploration with the environment as a prime concern

Fernando Barriga

Creminer
University of Lisbon [FCUL]

1155 - 1220OPPORTUNITIES OF DEEP SEA MINING AND CHINA'S PREPARATIONS
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  • Recent supplies and demands for copper, nickel and cobalt in China
  • Several issues surrounding the regulatory framework for deep sea mining
  • Further verifications still needed for deep sea mining technologies
  • Recent work and our plans for the near future for deep sea mineral resources development in China

Liu Shaojun [CSU]

Dai Yu [CSU]
China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association [COMRA]

REGULATORY AND POLICY FOCUS
1225 - 1250MINING RELATED TURBIDITY IMPACTS: MEETING REGULATORY CONCERNS THROUGH A HOLISTIC APPROACH
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  • Impact on the pelagic and benthic ecosystems from a regulatory viewpoint
  • A framework for meeting expectations using robust data and information in a holistic manner

Kevin Black
Partrac Ltd

1250 - 1400 NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1405 - 1430CALL US "BOSS" (BIG OCEAN SUSTAINABLE STATES) NOT "SIDS" (SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES)
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  • A perspective from the Pacific Islands
  • Deep sea mineral potential and current developments in the Pacific region
  • Regulatory challenges
  • The future: a regional coordination approach?

Hannah Lily
Secretariat of the Pacific Community [SPC]

1430 - 1455SPECIAL EIA REPORT: INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY
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  • A perspective from the International Seabed Authority
  • Environmental Impact assessment studies in deep sea habitats: a working hypothesis or a reality?
  • The technological and scientific gaps to reach a standardised Marine Environmental Assessment Program

Sandor Mulsow
International Seabed Authority [ISA]

1455 - 1520SEABED MINING DISPUTES: SETTLEMENT OPTIONS
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  • Options and settlement mechanisms available for disputes related to deep sea mining
  • Activites within the exclusive economic zones or within the international seabed area
  • Advisory Opinion of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Dr. Suzette V. Suarez
Center for International Ocean Law
1520 - 1600 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
1605 - 1630THE EFFECTIVE LEGAL REGULATION OF SEABED MINING IN NATIONAL JURISDICTION AND IN THE AREA
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  • Establishing effective national laws for seabed mining
  • Considerations by states in sponsoring activities within the area managed by the ISA

Joshua Brien

Adviser and Head Economic and Legal Section
Commonwealth Secretariat

1630 - 1655WHAT DOES THE COMMON HERITAGE OF MANKIND (CHM) MEAN?
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  • Moving into an era of mineral exploitation on the ocean floor beyond National Jurisdiction
  • How does the concept of CHM dictate the development of resources
  • What is the significances of the CHM to the I.S.A in the granting of contracts for resource activities
  • What does the CHM require for a fair distribution of the benefits of resource exploitation
Wylie Spicer Q.C.
Norton Rose Fulbright
1655 - 1715 CLOSING REMARKS