Sunday, June 18, 2017

De Beers launches new diamond ship

Mining giant De Beers has launched a state-of-art £122m exploration ship that will scan for diamonds on the seabed off the coast of Namibia. De Beers, majority owned by Anglo American, is the only miner in the world that produces diamonds from the seabed.
De Beers' cutting edge undersea mining technology, at a depth of up to 140m, is only carried out in Namibia, where it has a licence to operate until at least 2035. The 12,000-tonne vessel was built in Norway and fitted out in South Africa. It has a crew of 80.

The Nujoma is part of a joint venture between De Beers and the government of Namibia. It produced 1.2m carats in 2016.