Underwater Mining Conference (UMC) – Programme Ready

We are pleased to announce 40 international speakers at UMC in Bergen 11 – 12 September. Join the conference to learn about the many opportunities in this next subsea frontier.

Published: 9 July 2018
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Picture of ÆGIR 6000 Deep-sea ROV, University of Bergen

We are pleased to have Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy will be opening speaker at UMC. Søviknes will speak about the ongoing Norwegian legislation work and associated strategies for deep-sea mineral exploration and exploitation.

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) performed the world’s first successful ore lifting test for Seafloor Polymetallic Sulphides in Autumn 2017. It will be of great interest to the community to hear keynote speaker Professor Nobuyuki Okamoto from JOGMEC presenting the results from this project.

We will also get a keynote presentation from The International Seabed Authority (ISA) who are developing the legal framework for marine mineral mining in international waters. Harald Brekke, member of the Legal and Technical Commission International Seabed Authority, will present ISA Draft Regulations for Exploitation.

Nautilus Minerals and Many More

Nautilus Minerals will provide an update on the Solwara 1 project at about 1600 meters water depths in the Bismarc Sea 30 km off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The majority of the equipment has been built and mining operations are anticipated to start late 2019. This will then be the world’s first commercial deep-sea mining exploitation, where seabed massive sulphides is planned extracted.

Some of the presentations with especially high relevance for the subsea industry are;

  • Swire Seabed and UiB (Norway) - Use of Autonomous Technology for mapping Seabed Minerals
  • Fugro (USA) - Meeting client needs in a new market. Fugro’s first commercial AUV, geotechnical, and resource survey for polymetallic nodules in the CCZ
  • Kongsberg (Norway) - A System Approach to Survey, Exploration and Environmental Assessment
  • SUT (UK) - Eyes in the Deep – how autonomous underwater vehicles can support and enhance deep sea mining operations
  • INESC (Portugal) - EVA a robotic vehicle for underwater mining operations support
  • DEME-Group (Belgium) - GSR’s PROCAT-Project: Technical de-risking of deep sea mining equipment – A step-by-step approach towards future exploitation
  • Royal IHC (Netherlands) - Upscaling towards deep-sea mining by 130 meter vertical riser experiments.
  • CRIMM (China) - The development and 500 m sea trial of the seabed collector for deep-ocean polymetallic nodules
  • DNV GL (Norway) - Towards operational environmental threshold levels for exploitation of mineral resources in the deep sea
Many Opportunities for the Subsea Industry

- We see many opportunities for the subsea industry within marine minerals says Jon O. Hellevang, Senior Subsea Innovator in GCE Subsea, and member of the programme committee. Much of the technology used for exploration and exploitation of marine minerals is very similar to the subsea oil and gas industry.

The programme is divided into the following eight sessions:

  • Law of the Sea and Regulatory Framework
  • Technological Challenges and Development of Underwater Mining
  • Tools for Exploring the Seafloor
  • Subsea Massive Sulfides Exploration and Characterisation
  • Critical Metals and Underwater Mineral Deposits
  • Resources, Reserve and Mining Subsea Massive Sulfides
  • Plume Dispersal and Environmental Impact
  • Technological Challenges and Development of Underwater Mining

Read the preliminary programme.

Read more about the event and register at UMC 2018.


UMC 2018

The Underwater Technology Conference (UMC) is the premier venue for bringing sectors together around the world, to discuss environmental, legal and technical challenges related to marine mineral mining.

More than 200 delegates from twenty different countries are expected to attend.

The 47th UMC is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen and GCE Subsea.

You can read more at UMC 2018

Contact Information:

Jon O. Hellevang

Senior Subsea Innovator
+47 988 48 828
jon.hellevang@gcesubsea.no