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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BA1.V1/S03.048

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AT TRANSPORT OF POLYMETALLIC NODULES FROM SEABED BY MEANS OF SELF-PROPELLED MINING MACHINE WITH FLEXIBLE RISER

D. Kudelas, J. Kosco, P. Taus
Monday 5 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Science and Technologies In Geology, Exploration and Mining, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-954-91818-7-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 1, 578 - 594 pp

ABSTRACT

At the present, the "self-propelled mining machine with a flexible hose”, which has
been developed and constructed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology in
cooperation with the German Institut für Konstruktion of University of Siegen, appears
to be the most advanced method of polymetallic nodules seabed extraction and transport
systems. It was tested in-situ in the Indian Ocean in 2000 and 2006. Above-mentioned
method of extraction appears to be the most effective and the most environment-friendly
one. In this work, we point out what might be the possible complications of said method
for extraction and transport of polymetalic nodules from the seabed to the mother
station as it is likely that said system or a similar one will be used by the
Interoceanmetal in the near future.

Keywords: polymetalic nodules, seabed extraction, transport systems, underwater
mining vehicle

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