Demand for raw materials is expected to double during the coming decades. It is therefore widely acknowledged that existing resources on land will not be adequate to meet such strong demand.
At the same time, the field of deepsea mining techniques is developing increasingly rapidly and the technical feasibility is now evident. These trends have led to a growing interest in the possibilities offered by deepsea mining.
To meet this demand for both expertise and exploitation techniques in the field of deepsea mining, DEME, together with its joint venture partner IHC Merwede, established a specialist company, OceanflORE. Ocean Resource Extraction represents an alternative for mineral and metal supply as global onshore extraction and production becomes more challenging.