Seabed mining

Seabed mining involves the extraction of mineral deposits from the sea-bed. There are three main types of deep-sea deposits with commercial potential as mineral resources: seafloor massive sulphides or SMS (which can contain high concentrations of copper, zinc, gold, silver, cobalt and lead), polymetallic nodules, and cobalt-rich manganese crusts. The value chain for this market is relatively similar to aggregates and dredging.

Acronym Title Programme Start/end View
Deep sea testing facility
Investissements d'avenir
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Implementation of new generation 3D spatial seismic exploration methodology
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Pipe Watch
Survey system for pipe and underwater structures movements
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EMSAC and REMCAP are Coordination Projects funded by the
Research DG of the European Commission within
the Regions of Knowledge programme of FP7