In an industry first, ABS has awarded China Merchants Industry Approval in Principle for its deep-sea mining system design. The AIP follows publication of the ABS Guide for Subsea Mining in October 2020 and is the first to be issued that conforms to the new Guide. CMI’s design focuses on retrieving cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust deposits attached to seamounts. The project ultimately entails development of subsea mining machines, high concentration and large particle slurry lifting systems and offshore mining support vessels.
In October 2020, ABS published the Guide for Subsea Mining, detailing class requirements for the design, construction, operation, and survey of mobile offshore mining units. The landmark publication follows global interest in resources on the sea floor to support the emerging low carbon economy. Download a copy of the guide here.