Friday, May 4, 2018

Maersk Begins Support Operation for Deep Sea Mining Company, DeepGreen

As noted back in 2012:

Screw the Asteroids: "DeepGreen strikes deal with Glencore for undersea mining metals"
I'm a bit late getting to this but when you see "Glencore" and a privately held Vancouver company in the same headline it gets my attention.....
Well throw Maersk into the mix, contributing a couple oil-rig-moving ships in return for shares and you know something's up.
Plus these Tug Supply ships are pretty impressive working boats in their own right.

From gCaptain:

Maersk Supply Service AHTS Embarks on Deep Sea Mining Study in Pacific
AHTS Maersk Launcher. Photo: Maersk Supply Service
A Maersk Supply Service AHTS has departed San Diego on its first deep sea mineral study in the ultra-deep waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The departure marks Maersk Supply Service’s first mineral mining voyage on behalf of the deep sea metal company, DeepGreen. The two companies began working together in 2017 to develop a method for harvesting small metallic rocks, known as polymetallic nodules, in a sustainable manner. The nodules contain metals such as copper, cobalt, manganese and nickel, which are valuable materials for electronics, as well as batteries used for renewable technologies.

The AHTS, Maersk Launcher, will target the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean at a water depth of 4,500 meters. The vessel is equipped with DP2.

A total of five voyages are planned for 2018 and 2019. The first four will be centered around environmental studies and documentation of the seabed. The overall aim of the offshore work is to better understand the quality and quantity of nadules present and how to best extract them in a sustainable way.

“We are pleased to see that our specialised assets are being utlised in a unique and whole new market area....MORE