Offshore Resources Management Staff

Katinia Funganitao

Assistant Geologist

Mafoa Penisoni

Assistant Geologist

Titie Kaufusi

Professional Contractor

Vision

The Ministry’s vision is to promote sustainable use and access to the Kingdom’s land and natural resources to generate social, economic, and environmental benefits for the people of Tonga. The Offshore vision is to promote sustainable use and access to sea bed minerals and all natural resources found offshore to create social, economic and environmental benefits for the people of Tonga.

Offshore Responsibilities

1. MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (MSR)
2. ADMINISTRATION OF APPLICATION FOR Deep SEA MINERAL (DSM) AND PETROLEUM
3. MANAGEMENT OF EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES
4. MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING (MSP)
5. MARITIME BOUNDARY
6. LEGAL FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT
7. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT and PUBLIC AWARENESS

NORI Offshore Campaign

Deep Green Metal Inc Trainee (ISA student)

On December 2019, Mr Kaufusi was nominate by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to participated on the Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) offshore campaign as a trainee with Deep Green Metal Inc for the first quarter of 2020.

NORI is a fully owned subsidiary of the Deep Green Metal Inc and it has an exploration contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean.

The main objective of the NORI offshore campaign were to provide a capacity building and also a training opportunities for the professionals from the developing states.

The focus of this offshore campaign was to conduct a bulk sampling program and also a design to recover 120 to 150 tons of the polymetallic nodules. This offshore campaign was conducted on the Maersk Launcher vessel in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) between Hawaii and Mexico on the North East of the Pacific Ocean from January 8th 2020 until February 4th 2020.

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