IHC Mining Industry

“Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by sea and oceans, yet we seem to know less about our ocean space than outer space. Blue Mining is set to change that with 19 European companies and institutions searching for answers to what minerals lie beneath, how environmental sustainability can be maintained, the economics of deep sea mining and the technology to be developed. The world needs mining so let’s act responsibly as explorers, scientists and engineers in this the last frontier for the expansion of mining on earth.”

‘IHC Mining’, PMC Director Deep Sea Mining, Rodney Norman

IHC Mining provides integrated solutions for the onshore, nearshore and deep-sea mining market. It offers advisory services and in-depth studies to determine the overall technical and economic viability of the project. It designs, builds and supplies innovative mining vessels and advanced equipment ranging from mining dredgers and crawlers, slurry transport systems and mineral separation plants to plant automation and control systems. During operation, IHC Mining provides life cycle support, resulting in optimal use of equipment at minimum costs. With an extensive track record, the company has achieved supplying customers with a greater return on investment, while helping to decrease the environmental impact of the customer’s activities.

Country: Netherlands

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Uniresearch Service Supplier

Since 1994, Uniresearch, an independent grant-consultancy company, has specialised in the startup and management of technology innovations. The company provides high-quality services helping clients find funding opportunities and prepare applications for regional, national, and pan-European grants like the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and Horizon2020. Uniresearch’s full services support customers throughout each stage of a research and innovation project: from project definition, through consortium-building and proposal writing, to contract negotiation, project execution, and dissemination of results. In fact, Uniresearch customers enjoy a success rate for European grants that is three times higher than the average.

Country: Netherlands

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2H Offshore Industry

Mr Graham Nicholson: “Blue Mining shall take a unique look at all aspects of deepwater mining, not only addressing the question of technical feasibility, but also answering questions regarding economics and sustainability”

2H Offshore, a member of the Acteon group, is a specialist engineering consultancy with particular expertise in the structural analysis and integrity management of riser systems for deepwater and extreme environments, with capability to support projects from concept design, detailed engineering and construction, through to delivery and installation. With over 20 years’ experience, 2H Offshore has been leading and pioneering technological innovations within the subsea industry, allowing them to broaden their capabilities to support new areas of business such a deep sea mining.  Working independently or within a consortium, 2H’s highly skilled and dedicated engineering teams address the most challenging of tasks with commitment to quality, communication and flexibility. This has enabled the company to build an international reputation and many successful long-standing relationships with its peers and clients. 2H offshore has a global presence, with offices in London, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Aberdeen, Perth and Rio.

Country: United Kingdom

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MHWirth Industry

MHWirth is a leading global provider of first-class drilling solutions and services designed to offer our valued clients with the safer, more efficient and reliable alternative. Our company vision is centered on an unparalleled commitment to quality and yielding economic advantages for our customers and stakeholders.

As the largest subsidiary of Akastor, MHWirth has a global span covering five continents with offices in more than 20 countries. Our 4300 dedicated professionals consistently strive to enhance customer satisfaction and form meaningful collaborations by creating a personalized experience.

Country: Germany

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BGR Research Institute

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is the central geoscientific authority providing advice to the German Federal Government in all geo-relevant questions. It advises the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on deep-sea mining and represents Germany at the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The BGR carries out exploration research for manganese nodules in the equatorial NE Pacific, after signing a 15 years exploration contract with the ISA in July 2006. Furthermore, an application for the exploration seafloor massive sulfides in the Indian Ocean is currently pending. Apart from participating in the BLUE MINING project the BGR is also a partner in the EU project MIDAS dealing with environmental issues concerning deep-sea mining.

Country: Germany

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Dredging International Industry

The Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental group DEME has earned itself a prominent position on the world market in a few highly specialist and complex hydraulic disciplines. Having started out with dredging operations and reclamation, the group diversified into hydraulic projects at sea, services to oil and gas companies, the installation of offshore wind farms, offshore harvesting of aggregates and minerals, environmental activities such as soil remediation and sludge recycling, and revalidation of brownfields and wreck clearance. Its multi-disciplinary know-how and experience, project synergies and integrated business structure allowed DEME to grow into a global solutions provider. The Group owns one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and hydraulic engineering activities. DEME employs 4,500 people. In 2013 the Group realised a turnover of EUR 2.53 billion.

Country: Belgium

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FFCUL Research Institute

Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa is a private non-profit organization, created in 1993, as an initiative of Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), in order to manage financial and administratively its R&D projects (more than 400 ongoing). FFCUL acts as the front institution for a Portuguese scientific collaboration of multiple research groups (research centers for different fields), to promote research and technological development activities, provide qualified human resources training and offer consulting expertise and knowledge dissemination.

Country: Portugal

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GEOMAR Research Institute

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is one of the world’s leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. The mission of GEOMAR is to investigate the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes in the global oceans and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere. The Centre is bridging the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. Currently, GEOMAR has a staff of about 850, including about 400 scientists. The state-of-the-art infrastructure of GEOMAR includes four research vessels, three remotely operated underwater vehicles and an autonomous underwater vehicle with a depth range down to 6000 meters, the only manned research submersible in Germany (400 m diving capability) as well as a large number of specialized instruments and technologies for ocean and deep-sea research. The overarching research topics of GEOMAR include: (1) the role of the ocean in climate change, (2) human impact on marine ecosystems, (3) biological, mineral and energy resources as well as (4) plate tectonics and natural hazards. GEOMAR contributes to the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and the collaborative research centre (SFB) “Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean”, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

Country: Germany

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SEA Europe Service Supplier

SEA Europe, the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association is the voice of the European maritime technology industry. SEA Europe promotes and supports European business enterprises which are involved in the building, construction, maintenance and repair of all types of ships and other relevant maritime structures, including the complete supply chain of systems, equipment and services

SEA Europe provides practical and cost efficient services, aiming at:

  • Defending the interests of the European shipbuilding industry in terms of safeguarding its knowledge assets and IPRs;
  • Raising awareness and promoting respect for the economic and legal interests of European shipbuilding innovations;
  • Addressing and studying issues directly linked with the shipbuilding-specific knowledge leakage problem;
  • Cooperating with the international anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting effort in the area of enforcement and providing technical assistance;
  • Making submissions to, or appearing before, any national or international entity on behalf of the European shipbuilding industry on any IPR related issues.

Country: Belgium

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Ramboll-IMS Industry

Ramboll IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH provides engineering and consultancy services in the fields of offshore technologies as well as hydraulic, civil and environmental engineering from its office in Hamburg. Ramboll has an interdisciplinary team of 55 highly specialized employees (including 11 female engineers and technicians) who are carrying on and further enhancing a know-how developed in over 40 years. Ramboll has been part of many complex and challenging projects as the design of several antarctic stations, the development of deep water structures or the sea recovery of the Ariane 5 boosters, and is a key player in offshore wind. Today.

Country: Germany

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MARIN Research Institute

MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, has become a reliable, independent and innovative service provider for the maritime sector and a contributor to the well being of society. We take initiative to couple our own expertise to various application areas to broaden our ability to solve problems. By maintaining our leadership position in hydrodynamic and nautical research and development, we make our accumulated know-how and experience available for Concept Development, Design Support, Operations Support and Tool Development. This commitment to high-quality technological innovation enables you to meet the challenges facing your industry today.

Country: Netherlands

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MTI Industry

IHC MTI B.V.  is a global leading centre of expertise in the area of translating knowledge of dredging, mining and deep-sea mining processes into the specification, design and application of equipment. This incorporates Research and Development for the business units within the IHC Merwede group and the application of this knowledge to develop engineering tools and provide consultancy services.  With 75 years of experience, MTI has gained access to a vast network of information and capability resources. MTI Holland offers its Research & Development, Training, and Advisory Services to companies in the Dredging, Mining and Offshore industry, as well as government institutions and consultants.

Country: Netherlands

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NERC Research Institute

NERC is the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. Two research institutes form the NERC partnership in this proposal: The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is a multi-disciplinary marine research institute that has an international reputation for excellence in both science and technology. It has a strong track record of working with the EC to deliver projects under the current and previous Framework programmes. NOC has, since 2007, been contracted to deliver 36 FP7 projects with an EC contribution of €12 million, including 13 Environment and 2 Ocean projects as well as being involved in Space, ICT and Infrastructure projects. The Centre has successfully co-ordinated 2 FP7 Environment projects, HERMIONE and EUROSITES.
The British Geological Survey is world-renowned for its geoscience, its well-equipped laboratories and its innovative approach to mission-specific seafloor drilling (as an IODP operator).

Country: United Kingdom

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NTNU Research Institute

NTNU is Norway’s leading technical university. It has 7 faculties and 53 departments with approximately 20000 students; half of these are studying technology or natural sciences. NTNU has a staff of nearly 5000 persons, with more than 2900 in academic or scientific positions. The Department of Marin Technology (IMT) and Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering (IGB) are part of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at NTNU. IMT encompasses marine activities tied to Norway’s largest industries, i.e. oil and gas, fisheries technology, aquaculture, marine engineering and associated industries. IGB offers education and research within geology and ore geology, mining and engineering geology.

Country: Norway

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TNO Research Institute

TNO (The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – TNO) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3500 and an annual turnover of 580 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following seven themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Information Society, and Defence, Safety and Security. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects, including EU-funded collaborations. The Blue Mining project is part of the TNO activities under the theme Energy, and will be powered by the Maritime & Offshore department located in Delft, the Netherlands.

Country: Netherlands

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RWTH Research Institute

RWTH Aachen University performs since many years as the top ranked technical University of Excellence in Germany. Joint research with industry and large collaborative research centres are a particular strength of RWTH Aachen University. The Institute of Mining Engineering I (BBKI) is part of the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling at the RWTH Aachen University. The research activities focus on all aspects of mining, mineral economics and sustainable development in Mining. The Energy and Mineral Resources Group (EMR) forms part of the Department of Geosciences & Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. It represents by far the largest university-based Geoscience Group committed to Resources Research in Germany.

Country: Germany

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TU Delft Research Institute

Delft University of Technology is the largest and most comprehensive university of engineering sciences in the Netherlands. TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of their research and teaching is renowned. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies. The Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering houses the Department of Dredging Engineering. The dredging engineering (DE) section is active at DUT since 1926. During the early years mainly involved in teaching but since the last decades involved in research on the field of dredging technology. The Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences houses the Department of Geoscience and Engineering, which seeks efficient control and use of the earth crust resources and permanent maintenance of the geological infrastructure. The Department employs about 200 personnel including ca. 100 PhD’s.

Country: Netherlands

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TUBAF Research Institute

Four core fields – geo, material, energy, environment – give the oldest existing mining science university in the world a unique and unmistakable profile as the university of resources. Scientists and students from all research areas actively work together in these four areas. Strong partners from the industry are always by their side. Therefore, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg also ranks amongst the ten strongest research universities in Germany due to third-party funding per professor and occupies the top position in the new federal states. As the university of resources, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg extensively takes the saving of raw material in particular into account, according to the sustainability concept which was coined by the Freiberg head mining administrator Carl von Carlowitz in 1713. In the process the university covers everything from the exploration of new as well as local deposits to the development of alternative power engineering, from recycling to research into new materials. In the front line for society’s current developments – the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has pursued this ideal since its establishment in 1765. Alexander von Humbolt and Novalis studied in Freiberg. Abraham Gottlob Werner founded scientific mineralogy here. The chemist Clemens Winkler discovered the element germanium in the mining town, while Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymus Theodor Richter discovered the element indium.

Country: Germany

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SOTON Research Institute

The University of Southampton has a well established reputation for its outstanding research and degree courses in ocean and Earth science. We are also known for our relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere, which affords students a stimulating environment in which to learn and acquire essential scientific and key work skills. Ocean and Earth Science students are based at the prestigious National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). NOCS is the integrated collaboration between the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s National Oceanography Centre, and the University of Southampton’s Ocean and Earth Science. The Centre hosts one of the world’s largest groups of scientists and engineers devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science. The Centre is comprehensively equipped with modern instrumentation and laboratory facilities and is also the operational base for the UK’s fleet of deep sea research vessels and associated equipment such as Autosub, an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of diving to depths of 6 kilometres. NOCS also houses the UK’s collection of ocean sediment cores, as well as the National Oceanographic Library. We currently have more than 46 academic teaching staff (including 15 professors), and a strong technical and administrative support team working in Ocean and Earth Science. It is our ability to offer innovative courses, delivered in a research-led environment by leading experts in the field, which characterises our degree programmes. The work of our academics is highly regarded. In the last UK survey of research excellence (RAE 2008), 70 per cent of our submissions were ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Country: United Kingdom

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