Oceanic Mineral Projects personnel have been involved with the exploration, resource estimation and diamond mining offshore Namibia from the first discoveries in the early 1990's by the BHP-Benco JV, Namco and Diamond Fields International. Our personnel have worked along the entire Namibian offshore area between Oranjemund and northwards to Walvis Bay. Our activities include:
- Permit acquisition
- Geophysical Survey & Interpretation
- Bulk Sampling and analysis
- Establishment of Government Permits
- EIA and EMPR
- Design of Engineering equipment
- Mining and mine development
- Resource Estimation
- Due Diligence
- Database assembly
- Reports to Government & Shareholders
Namibia is well established as a marine diamond producer and the prospect names such as Marshall Fork, Staple Basin, Conical Beach and Diaz Reef are legendary with workers in the field of marine diamonds.
In 2006, the Bonaparte Diamond Mines BoSS seabed sampler and modular materials processing plant was successfully shipped to Cape Town and mobilised on the De Beers Marine M.V. Douglas Bay, a specialised marine diamond sampling vessel. The BoSS was modified and lengthened to achieve and effective sampling penetration of 5m. The BoSS was installed on the M.V. Douglas Bay in Cape Town and operated simultaneously with the De Beers Mega Drill in a marine sampling programme in Diamond Fields International Pty (DFI) ML 111 Diaz Reef prospect. The programme ran for 24 days onsite acquiring 577 samples giving a total of 291 diamonds weighing 136.05 carats.
Based on the results of the 2006 sampling programme, the original JO area was expanded six-fold to a prospective area of 10.8 km squared and mining commenced om late January 2007 utilising the M.V. DF Discoverer, owned by DFI and fitted with twin airlift mining heads and an onboard materials processing system. The vessel operated between between 2007 and 2009 to the cessation of mining, associated with the GFC.