Nautilus Minerals, a Toronto-based mining company, is making moves on the ocean floor and bringing a force of giant robot mining machines with it. This fleet of mining robots is filtering through the Bismark sea bed, off the northern shore of Papua New Guinea, and burrowing for copper, silver and the most coveted, gold.
[Image source: Nautilus Minerals]
Originally attempting exploration in 2012, Nautilus Minerals had some disagreements with the Papua New Guinea government over the deployment of the fleet. However, after some revised contracts regarding the intellectual property rights, the country known for its oceanic wonders agreed to allow its soil-rich sand beds to be combed through by these massive mining instruments.
Soil Machine Dynamics, the company that built the robotic mining vessels is also responsible for supplying equipment for underwater cables, maintaining off-shore oil rigs, and other deep sea related contracts.