VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2012) - Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:FEO)(OTCQX:FEOVF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rodney (Rod) Johnson, Ph.D. as VP Geometallurgy. Mr. Johnson, who has been working with the Company in a consulting role over the past 10 months, is a seasoned mining professional with 26 years of experience specializing in the geometallurgy, geology, and mineralogy of iron ore deposits.

Prior to forming his own consulting company, Rod was chief geometallurgist and process mineralogist for Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., where he was pivotal in introducing geometallurgical practices and improving ore characterization, mine planning, and pellet quality. Mr. Johnson's other previous roles included chief geologist for Copper Range Company at the White Pine Mine, White Pine, Michigan, and senior exploration geologist and nickel commodity specialist for Western Mining Corporation.

Rod received his Ph.D. in Geology from Michigan Technological University with specialty in the areas of metallic ore deposits, structural geology, low temperature aqueous geochemistry, and geohydrology. Rod is an active registered member of SME and a member of AusImm.

Steven Dean, Chairman and CEO said: "We are excited that Rod will be assuming a formal role with the Company. His experience and knowledge in the field of geometallurgy will be key to the execution of the Company's metallurgical testing and ore characterization program as well as the production of future technical studies."


On behalf of the Board of Directors

Steven Dean, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Contact Information:

Oceanic Iron Ore Corp.
Steven Dean
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 566 9080
+1 604 566 9081 (FAX)