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New Nautilus Minerals underwater mining machine assembly commences at SMD

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article image The Collecting Machine is the lightest of the three SPTs weighing 200 tonnes when fully assembled

Nautilus Minerals Inc. announces that the assembly of the second of three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs), the Collecting Machine (CM) has commenced at Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Nautilus' CEO, Mike Johnston reports that the assembly of the CM has now commenced with the arrival of the chassis at the SMD facility. This follows the announcement in April of the completion of the assembly of the Bulk Cutter (BC). As the company continues with the build of the seafloor production equipment, Nautilus looks forward to the commencement of the assembly of the third and final SPT, the Auxiliary Cutter (AC), when its chassis is delivered next month.

The CM is the lightest of the three SPTs weighing 200 tonnes when fully assembled. It is designed to collect material cut from the seafloor by drawing it in as seawater slurry with internal pumps and pushing it through a flexible pipe to the Riser and Lifting System (RALS) and onto the Production Support Vessel (PSV), arrangements for which are to be in place by the end of the year.

Subsea vehicle designer and manufacturer, SMD of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK is the company responsible for building the SPTs for Nautilus.

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