Discovering the Deep Blue: Training Programs with Cobalt Seabed Resources

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Ten exciting, all expenses paid training opportunities are now available through Cobalt Seabed Resources, in collaboration with the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority. In accordance with its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, signed with the CI Seabed Minerals Authority on 23 February 2022, Cobalt Seabed Resources (CSR) is offering the following training opportunities for 2024.

Internship

CSR is offering one training opportunity for a two to three-month internship at Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) in Antwerp, Belgium, with access to the GSR/DEME Research laboratory.

Under the internship, a comparative study will be carried out in relation to physical properties of polymetallic nodules sampled in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and National Waters of the Cook Islands.

Analyses will consist of geotechnical and geological tests to better define their physical properties, with a particular focus on water content, density, and porosity, and will highlight physical variations from both types of nodules.

A desk study and bibliography research will also be required, as the final results will be compiled in a report.

The internship will span approximately eight to 12 weeks from September to October 2024.

Exact dates and duration of the internship will be determined by the selected candidate, CSR and GSR.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck by the 30 June 2024.
1) Application form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s internship @GSR
2) Nomination form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s internship @GSR
3) Certificate of your latest educational degree;
4) Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

Dredging Technologies Seminar
CSR is offering two seminar training opportunities on dredging technologies for candidates as part of its 2024 training programme.

The course is being organised by the Antwerp Port Training Center (APEC) in Antwerp, Belgium, and covers all essential theoretical and practical aspects of dredging.

This will include navigating in muddy areas, strategies for the dumping of dredged sediments, the various types of dredgers, dredger simulators, maintenance dredging, large scale projects, spoil recycling, maintenance of dredgers, construction of dredgers, technical aspects and new developments and technical renovation including dredging technologies for international maritime experts.

Nominees will be given an in-depth introduction to the latest high-tech, state-of-the-art dredging technologies and equipment.

The dredging technologies and corresponding environmental management techniques from the dredging industry will be indispensable knowledge leading towards sustainable deep-sea mining practices.

The course will be delivered over two weeks from 3-14 June 2024, by experienced port professionals and academics who will provide in-depth content in a well-balanced combination of theory sessions and visits, completed by case studies.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck by the 17 May 2024.
1) Application form (PDF) for 2024 Dredging Technologies Seminar;
2) Nomination form (PDF) for 2024 Dredging Technologies Seminar;
3) Certificate of a technical degree;
4) Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.
For more information go to: https://apecporttraining.com/courses/dredging-techonologies/

University of the South Pacific (USP)
CSR is offering three training opportunities through the University of the South Pacific (USP) in marine studies. Two opportunities for a Bachelor of Science degree in marine science and one opportunity for a Certificate in Ocean Resource Management.

The Marine Studies Academic Programme branches into two disciplines:

  1. Marine Science Program
  2. Marine Management Program

The Marine Studies Discipline is housed within the School of Agriculture Geography Environment Oceans and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS) at USP. It operates as an interdisciplinary field, merging both scientific aspects through the Marine Science Program and social science components via the Marine Management Program. In addition to overseeing marine programs in various sections of SAGEONS and other University Schools, the Discipline is responsible for coordinating a range of diverse marine programs.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck by the 17 June 2024.
1) Application form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s USP Certificate or Bachelor Program;
2) Nomination form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s USP Certificate or Bachelor Program;
3) Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.
For more information go to: https://www.usp.ac.fj/discipline-of-marine-studies/

International Seabed Authority (ISA) Deep Dive
CSR is providing two training opportunities to access the e-learning programme developed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), one for Dive 1 and one for Dive 3. The e-learning programme has a global network of diplomatic representatives, policymakers, world-class researchers and experts who provide participants of the Deep Dive e-learning programme with an exceptional and never before offered insight into the world of deep-seabed regulation, exploration and exploitation.

Deep Dive has been conceived to equip participants with specialized knowledge of the Area and insight into deep-seabed activities for optimal career success. It has been designed to catalyse worldwide international expertise in deep-seabed-related matters to produce a new generation of leaders and multitalented professionals who will contribute to the effective implementation of UNCLOS, the 1994 Agreement and, ultimately, the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.

The programme’s interdisciplinary approach will provide participants with the analytical, scientific and technical skills needed to apply creative solutions to issues relevant to activities in the Area.

Building on the exclusive body of expertise and experience of deep-seabed leaders, the Deep Dive e-learning programme is indispensable for those with established careers or aspirations in the emerging field of deep-sea-related research disciplines and those working in the context of the sustainable development of the ocean and its resources.

The innovative modules and lessons, organized in three progressive learning pathways or “Dives,” have been designed to increase awareness of the legal regime for activities in the Area and familiarize the participants with the governance structure, existing mechanisms and the way they contribute to the effective implementation of the legal regime for the Area and its resources.

Dive 3 consists of the entire e-training programme constituted by 5 specific modules:
1) UNCLOS and governance of the Area
2) Marine mineral resources of the Area
3) Marine scientific research in the Area
4) Protection of the marine environment from activities carried out in the Area
5) Technology development and innovation in relation to the sustainable development of mineral resources of the Area

Applicants must hold a Bachelor or Master degree, preferably linked to offshore activities, Laws of the sea or recognized equivalent and a proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck by the 31 May 2024.
6) Application form (PDF) for 2024 ISA’s E-learning Deep Dive 1 or Dive 3
7) Nomination form (PDF) for 2024 ISA’s E-learning Deep Dive 1 or Dive 3
8) Certificate of your latest educational degree;

More information is available on https://www.isa.org.jm/deep-dive/

Offshore Expedition

CSR is offering two training opportunities at sea, tentatively planned for July/August 2024, each lasting approximately 30 days offshore. The focus of the campaign will be on the recovery and deployment of oceanographic environmental moorings.

Oceanographic data is crucial for better understanding current dynamics and developing reliable sediment plume models. Deploying oceanographic moorings would help collect data on marine currents, which are often complex in this region of the globe. The oceanographic recordings must take place over a representative period of at least three years, long enough to detect seasonal variations throughout the entire water column.

Candidates must meet the following requirements: 1. Education: hold a bachelor or Master’s degree in the field of geology, geophysics or have an equivalent educational background; 2. Language: sufficient knowledge of English for daily conversation and training; 3. Health: good mental and physical health suitable for work at sea; 4. Age: under 45 years of age; and 5. Other: seagoing experience (preferred but not a requirement). The selected trainees will be required to submit a physical examination report, signed by a licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically fit to participate in the exploration cruise. The trainees will also require to successfully pass the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) or equivalent.

All applications using the required forms and documents detailed below must be submitted to eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck by the 06 June 2024.

1) Application form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s Offshore sea expedition;
2) Nomination form (PDF) for 2024 CSR’s Offshore sea expedition;
3) Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

If you have any questions about the training opportunities, for further enquiries please contact Eusenio Fatialofa, eusenio.fatialofa@csr.co.ck

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