IHC Mining, part of Royal IHC (IHC), has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). As a leader in responsible dredging and offshore mining activities, it is expanding its scope as one of the pioneers in deep-sea mining with initiatives such as this.
Using its extensive mining and ocean expertise, IHC Mining is working towards reaching deep-sea mineral deposits. This is being achieved with the support of a dedicated research and development program, as well as through its position as a leader of the EU Blue Mining project. The company is also demonstrating its commitment to understanding and addressing the environmental aspects of seabed mining through its participation in the EU Midas Project and other similar programs.
IHC Mining’s Managing Director, Henk van Muijen, says, “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.”
Rodney Norman, IHC Deep Sea Mining Director, adds, “The WOC provides a unique forum that enables IHC Mining to work with other ocean industries on key challenges and opportunities related to the responsible, science-based development of ocean resources.”
WOC CEO Paul Holthus notes, “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.”
About Royal IHC
Royal IHC (IHC) is focused on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of innovative ships and supplies for offshore construction.
IHC has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing integrated standard and custom-built vessels, advanced equipment and also providing life-cycle support. This integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships. The company’s broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Technological innovation will remain the company’s underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.