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Deep Ocean Space Exploration: Marine Minerals

Deep Ocean Space Exploration: Marine Minerals


Project scoping & definition

Workflow tailored to specific needs of each project – contextualized understanding

·        Geological background and context research

·        Evaluation of an area of interest

·        Identification of the most suitable methods & sensors

·        Risk analysis

Survey planning & design

Optimized survey design to ensure maximized results and cost-efficiency

·        Platform- and payload-specific survey planning

·        Modular and extended selection of payload

·        Flexible mission planning (incl. partner operations – ROV)

·        Alternative options and on-demand adjustments (no downtime)

Geophysical & environmental data acquisition

Cutting-edge technologies and operational excellence 

·        Experience in multi-AUV operations in deep water and rough terrain

·        Full autonomy

·        Reduced emissions & minimized HSE exposure

·        Onboard processing & QC




Integrated data analysis & interpretation

Results that enable knowledge-based decisions

·        Multi-sensor integrated data management

·        Automated/AI-based processing solutions

·        Actionable 3D models with high-resolution

·        Detailed subsurface understanding


Våre områder

Seafloor Massive sulfides (SMS)

Seafloor Massive sulfides (SMS)

Seafloor Massive Sulfides (SMS) are modern deep-sea analogues of the main source of copper onshore–volcanogenic
massive sulfides (VMS). These mineral deposits are formed by hydrothermal fluid circulation in the oceanic crust and can be found at mid-ocean ridges and back-arc spreading basins.

Polymetallic Nodules (PMN)

Polymetallic Nodules (PMN)

Polymetallic nodules are rock concentrations that form by metal precipitation either from the ambient seawater or from pore water in the sediments that cover vast areas of the abyssal ocean floor. The nodules are not attached to the hard-rock seafloor in contrast to two other types of marine mineral deposits.

Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crusts (CFC)

Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crusts (CFC)

Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts occur in areas of significant volcanic activity. The crusts grow on hard-rock substrates by the precipitation of metals dissolved in seawater. In many cases, the deposits occur within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the countries.


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