Continued Research Efforts For The Development Of Deep-Sea Mining Equipment - Introduction
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2008
The development of deep sea mineral deposits creates a new horizon for the mining industry. In a field where mining technology meets deep-water offshore engineering, new challenges are faced to come to the successful exploitation of these deposits. With the absence of proven technology for the mining of these minerals, a ?technological green field? is entered. IHC Merwede (IHC), a global market leader in the dredging and wet mining industry, is on the frontline of these developments. MTI Holland, IHC Merwede?s research and development company, has undertaken a number research efforts focused on the successful development of technology for the mining of deep sea minerals. This paper highlights a number of these efforts and illustrates IHC?s continued dedication for the research and development of technology to enable the commercial mining of deep sea minerals.