Practical Ocean mining and project development experience

Ocean Mineral Projects was established in 2016 by an enthusiastic pair of highly experienced marine geologists and mineral project managers. OMP also have connections with a team of associates, all specializing in the comprehensive development of mineral prospects.

Mike Woodborne


Fiona Fitzpatrick



Mike Woodborne moved from South Africa to Australia in 2002 and has been involved in exploration and mining developments for more than 25 years, specialising in marine minerals and diamonds. A 1986 M.Sc. Cum Laude (Marine Geology) graduate from the University of Cape Town, he has specialist knowledge and practical experience in the areas of marine geophysics, marine minerals exploration and underwater mining technologies. After 7 years with the  with the Geological Survey of South Africa, he set up and ran an independent geological consultancy in South Africa for 10 years before taking on various full time corporate and senior management roles including directorship positions in private and publicly-listed resource companies in Australia, including Fugro Services, Bonaparte Diamond Mines Ltd, Minemakers Ltd and UCL Resources Ltd. Ocean exploration and responsible development of marine resources as part of the emerging blue economy are a lifelong focus of interest.


Fiona is a marine geologist/geophysicist with over twenty years experience in the oil & gas and marine minerals industry, working in Australasia, Southern Africa, Europe, Caribbean and International Waters. Fiona graduated from the University of Dundee in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and from the University of Southampton in 1987 with an MSc in Oceanography.  After a brief spell in seismic data processing, Fiona completed PhD studies at the University of Plymouth with a thesis describing the development of Plymouth Sound in the last 20,000 years, followed by a post-doctoral position in the University of Jamaica.  Whilst at Plymouth, she did concurrent work as a Geo on MoD surveys within the Civil Hydrography Programme. This lead to spending 10 years working offshore on geophysical, hydrographic and sediment surveys. Work in Australia extended to the early phase of diamond exploration in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and later the exploration of diamonds offshore South Africa and Namibia.  In 2000, as Principal Geologist for privately-owned Oceanic Minerals, Fiona undertook the evaluation of K2O offshore Namibia and bulk sampling for diamonds in deep water South African concession 18d. Fiona joined the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland in 2003 as Section Manager for Seabed Survey, responsible for the delivery of the Irish National Seabed Survey Programme (2003-2005) and the successor INFOMAR programme (2006-2020) on the state vessels, the R.V’s Celtic Explorer & Celtic Voyager and other chartered vessels, including management of the Advanced Services Team and design of  inshore, offshore and airborne surveys, biological and geological sample campaigns and analyses. In 2008, Fiona returned to Australia and has been working for RPS Australasia carrying out 2D and 3D seismic interpretation for geohazards and mapping and project manager for geophysical surveys, working in basins around Australia and Australasia, as well as acting as client representative on geophysical surveys. An early convert to the blue economy and integrated surveys, Fiona believes every project undertaken offshore should maximise resources and collect as much information as possible to support and assist research.