Underwater Mining Conference 2018

The Underwater Mining Conference (UMC) 2018 will take place in Bergen in 2018. 200 delegates from all over the world is expected to the world premier venue for marine mineral mining.

10–14 September 2018
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Picture of ÆGIR 6000 Deep-sea ROV, University of Bergen

The conference starts with an icebreaker event the evening 10 September. The technical conference takes place 11 –12 September. A subsea lab and field trip is planned 13 September and a geotechnical field trip is planned 14 September.

The Minister is Coming

We are pleased to announce that Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy will be opening speaker at UMC. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy took over the management responsibility for exploration and recovery of mineral deposits on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2017.

Søviknes will talk about the ongoing Norwegian legislation work and associated strategies for deep-sea mineral exploration and exploitation.

World's First Pilot in Japan

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 key note presenter Professor Nobuyuki Okamoto from JOGMEC presenting the results from this project.

We will also get a key note 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.

We also look forward to a series of leading experts addressing important technological, environmental, financial and legal aspects of deep-sea mining.

You can read more about the Underwater Mining Conference at the UMC website.

More information and full programme will be available in due time. If you subscribe to our newsletter you will receive an invitation to the event.

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

The event is organised by



The local host is sponsored by    



Grieghallen, Bergen

Contact Information:

Jon O. Hellevang

Senior Subsea Innovator
+47 988 48 828

About UMC

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.

You can read more at the UMC website.