International Seabed Authority Current Affairs, GK & News

Mining Robot Stranded in the Pacific

A Deep-sea mining robot, Patania II got stranded on the Pacific Ocean floor. What happened? The Patania II robot was designed to explore rocks rich in Nickel and Cobalt in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 13,000 feet. The Umbilical cable of the robot got detached when its first trials were near completion. Cobalt ..

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China’s New Record: Reaches Deepest point on the earth

An Unmanned submersible, Haidou 1 of China dived deep down to 10,907 metres to the world’s deepest point Mariana Trench. Highlights A team of scientists left for an expedition on April 23, 2020. The researchers tested acoustic detection, video transmission, high precision depth detection during the deep-sea diving operation. China has been stepping efforts to ..

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Anti-Maritime Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

On December 10, 2019, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar introduced the Anti-Maritime bill in parliament. The bill was introduced in days after the kidnapping of 18 Indians aboard in Nigeria. It aims at ensuring safety and security of India’s maritime trade and the crew members Key Features The bill is framed in accordance with the UNCLOS ..

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Scaly-Foot Snail: 1st ever Species Endangered due to Deep Sea Mining

A rare snail species called ‘Scaly-Foot Snail’ found at only three spots on Indian Ocean floor near Madagascar has become the 1st species to be officially declared threatened due to deep-sea mining. It was added by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to its updated Red List of Endangered Species on 18 July 2019. ..

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India’s Deep Sea Mining Programme

In the 23rd session of International Seabed Authority (ISA) concluded on August 18, 2017 at Kingston, Jamaica, India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) have been extended by five years. In 2017, Indian scientists have also started exploring seabed in Indian Ocean for precious minerals in 15-year ..

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