In January, 1978 I left KISR, Kuwait
and traveled via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
to Port Sudan, flying across the Red Sea.
To my surprise, I was greeted at the airport by a man who asked me if I was "the Marine Geologist?"
Thinking that someone at KISR had arranged this pickup, I acknowledged that I was a marine geologist and went along in his car to the hotel where he told me I was to stay.
On the way, we talked about the Red Sea mud deposits and Ocean Mining A.G. which was to explore the deeps where the metalliferous muds had been discovered.
It was only apparent the next day that they were awaiting a German marine geologist. But what with my Dutch accent I did understand the error.
In my defense, I did at some time work for Ocean Science and Engineering, the parent company of Ocean Mining, and furthermore, one of the WHOI scientists who had co-authored "the" book about Red Sea muds was my fellow student Dave Ross at Scripps....
Anyhow, I did visit some old ruins along the coast and took a fantastic coral reef dive from the Cambridge platform in the Red Sea.
Prospects for mining polymetallic sulfides
Early activities in ocean mining of polymetallic sulfides were government sponsored. The German company, Preussag, explored for seafloor sulfides until 1990 supported by large government subsidies. The company, on behalf of the Red Sea Commission, systematically evaluated the Atlantis II Deep and conducted trial mining of the metalliferous mud using a modified drill ship. Full mining was deemed to be uneconomic. The Metal Mining Agency of Japan and associates carried out extensive seafloor surveys in the exclusive economic zones of some Pacific island nations and elsewhere during the 1990s but did not pursue mining.
in: Deep ocean mining: S.D. Scott* (University of Toronto) Department of Geology, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver from the Sea, 1982