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Oceanic Files NI 43-101 Technical Report in Respect of Resource Estimate Update at Hopes Advance

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oceanic Files NI 43-101 Technical Report in Respect of Resource Estimate Update at Hopes Advance12:48 EDT Thursday, May 17, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:FEO)(OTCQX:FEOVF) is pleased to announce that it has filed a National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the mineral resource estimate update in respect of the Company's Hopes Advance project, in Ungava Bay, Québec. The 43-101 mineral resource estimate update was announced in a press release dated April 2, 2012. There are no material differences between the results announced in the news release and the results in the Technical Report. The Updated In-Pit Mineral resource estimate for Hopes Advance is set out in Table 1 below.Table 1 - Updated In-Pit Mineral Resource Estimate for Hopes Advance (at a 25% Fe cut-off)ClassificationTonnesFe (%)Concentrate TonnesMeasured720,765,00032.4279,806,000Indicated547,518,00032.3211,516,000M+I1,268,283,00032.3491,322,000Inferred193,403,00032.975,112,000Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues. The mineral resources presented here were estimated using a block model with parent blocks of 50 m by 50 m by 15 m sub-blocked to a minimum size of 25 m by 25 m by 1 m and using ID3 methods for grade estimation. A total of 10 individual mineralized areas were identified and each estimated into a separate block model. Given the continuity of the iron assay values, no top cuts were applied. All resources are reported using an iron cut-off of 25% within Whittle optimization pit shells and a mining recovery of 100%. The quantity and grade of reported inferred resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred resources as an indicated or measured mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured mineral resource category. The mineral resources in this press release were estimated using the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions and adopted by CIM Council November 27, 2010.Eddy Canova, P.Geo., OGQ (403), the Director of Exploration for the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information contained in this news release.The full National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report is available on the Company's website (www.oceanicironore.com) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).OCEANIC IRON ORE CORP. (www.oceanicironore.com)On behalf of the Board of DirectorsSteven Dean, Chairman and Chief Executive OfficerThis news release includes certain "Forward-Looking Statements" as that term is used in applicable securities law. All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. ("Oceanic", or the "Company"), are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "scheduled", "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "potentially", "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions that management believes are reasonable at the time they are made. In making the forward-looking statements in this presentation, the Company has applied several material assumptions, including, but not limited to, the assumption that: (1) there being no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour/supply disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; (2) permitting, development, expansion and power supply proceeding on a basis consistent with the Company's current expectations; (3) certain price assumptions for iron ore; (4) prices for availability of natural gas, fuel oil, electricity, parts and equipment and other key supplies remaining consistent with current levels; (5) the accuracy of current mineral resource estimates on the Company's property; and (6) labour and material costs increasing on a basis consistent with the Company's current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Filing Statement dated November 22, 2010 (a copy of which is publicly available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company's profile) and elsewhere in documents filed from time to time, including MD&A, with the Toronto Stock Exchange and other regulatory authorities. Such factors include, among others, risks related to the ability of the Company to obtain necessary financing and adequate insurance; the economy generally; fluctuations in the currency markets; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of iron ore or certain other commodities (e.g., diesel fuel and electricity); changes in interest rates; disruption to the credit markets and delays in obtaining financing; the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses; employee relations. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on Forward-Looking Statements. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise Forward-Looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Steven DeanOceanic Iron Ore Corp.Chairman and Chief Executive Officer+1 604 566 9080+1 604 566 9081 (FAX)www.oceanicironore.comNeither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.