Seabed mining company IHC Mining has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC), which is a cross-sectoral alliance of private companies for ‘Corporate Ocean Responsibility’.
The Netherlands-based company is part of Royal IHC and is engaged in responsible dredging and offshore mining activities.
IHC Mining uses its mining and ocean expertise and is working towards reaching deep-sea mineral deposits.
The company is already undertaking research on sea bed mining as well as a leader in EU Blue Mining project, which is consortium of 19 large industry and research bodies from marine industry to develop solutions for sustainable deepsea mining.
By participating in the EU Midas Project and other similar initiatives, the company also proposes to understand and address the environmental aspects of seabed mining.
IHC Mining managing director Henk van Muijen said: "IHC Mining is pleased to become a WOC member.
"With activities such as the recent Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, it is creating valuable opportunities for ocean industry collaboration and leadership on issues critical to the future of seabed mining."
The seabed mining company will be able to work with other ocean industries on key challenges and opportunities that are related to the responsible, science-based development of ocean resources with a new forum provided by WOC.
WOC CEO Paul Holthus said: "More and more companies involved in seabed mining are engaging with the WOC efforts to develop the leadership and collaboration for this new industry to advance responsibly in a shared marine environment.
"As part of this, the WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit in Singapore in November 2015 will include a significant focus on seabed mining."