Offshore Dialogue at SMM: Nature and her treasures
At the international conference in Hamburg, scientists, engineers and shipbuilding experts gathered to discuss sustainable deep sea mining as well as opportunities and risks of Arctic shipping. The main focus was on the latest maritime technologies – plus the question: When will the time be right to begin exploiting the resources in the deep blue?
Whether for storage batteries, smartphones or components for innovative on-board equipment: The high-tech industry's demand for rare metals is increasing steadily. As the search for more copper, cobalt and rare earths continues, the industry begins to look beyond traditional frontiers – and into regions such as the deep sea and the Arctic. But how can these riches and resources on the Arctic sea bottom be mined without causing severe environmental damage and exorbitant costs? What innovative maritime technologies available today could be used? And how would all this affect pristine ecosystems?