De Beers: A New Ship to Probe for Seafloor Diamonds

The mv SS Nujoma

The diamond hunter units sail: World’s largest gem discovering vessel 

De Beers has formally launched the mv SS Nujoma, what the diamond mining big calls the “world’s largest and most superior diamond exploration and sampling vessel” to discover diamond deposits within the waters off the coast of Namibia.

The $ 157 million vessel is beneath the possession of Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 three way partnership between the Authorities of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group. It’s the solely firm on the earth to mine diamonds offshore, having began in 2002. It produced round 1.2 million carats in 2016.

An inauguration ceremony was held Thursday in Walvis Bay, Namibia, attended by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Founding President Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, who the vessel was named after, in addition to Obeth Kandjoze, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Power.


Mining of Namibia’s diamonds takes place at round one hundred twenty to one hundred forty meters under sea degree, Debmarine Namibia says. By way of the superior exploration capabilities of the mv SS Nujoma, the corporate expects to extend useful resource improvement for the mining fleet.

The mv SS Nujoma is the primary within the firm’s fleet of 5 different vessels to be devoted to exploration and sampling. It incorporates a variety of applied sciences that permit it to pattern quicker, take bigger samples and gather extra info per pattern than another diamond sampling vessel. It’s able to sampling at greater than double the velocity of its predecessor.

The corporate says the 12,000 ton diesel-electrical powered vessel has created one hundred forty direct new jobs, the overwhelming majority of which have been crammed by Namibians. At 113 meters lengthy, it will possibly accommodate a crew of eighty and has a helicopter deck appropriate for Sikorsky S61s. It was constructed in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and fitted with a “subsea sampling system,” designed by De Beers Group, in Cape City, South Africa. The inauguration adopted 5 months of profitable sea trials.

“Offshore diamond mining is turning into more and more essential in assembly international demand for diamonds as most of the main onshore deposits have now been found,” stated Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group. “The mv SS Nujoma will permit much more of Namibia’s top quality offshore diamonds to be found and mined, making certain a robust future for Namibia’s diamond business, in addition to the worldwide diamond market.”

Diamond mining is the only largest contributor to Namibia’s financial system. The partnership between De Beers Group and the Namibian Authorities delivers greater than N$ 10 billion ($ 776.5 million) in income yearly.

The above story is predicated on materials offered by Mining.com.


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