About Us

Fellows-Staff.jpgFellows offer the complete UXO risk management process from the preliminary and detailed desk study though to the physical site survey and finally, the identification and removal or disposal of an item, either in house or in liaison with military disposal assets. Our desk top studies enable our clients to accurately assess the UXO risk and take proportionate, cost effective action to manage the ever-present threat posed by unexploded aerial bombs and other munitions.

In the offshore environment Fellows is a specialist in risk assessment, target identification, classification and disposal. Our highly qualified and experienced, ex- Royal Navy operators are able to mobilise at short notice to address the threat posed by ordnance in the marine environment. Our operating procedures, applied by the most appropriately qualified people ensure safe and efficient operations in any underwater environment.
While Fellows is mainly active in the UK, we also have a long history of operating overseas on projects all over the globe. We are proud to support both the construction and offshore industries with the right experience, people, qualifications and equipment to best identify, quantify and mitigate the UXO risk wherever it may be present.


Fellows is much more than just a UXO contractor, we offer other services in the field of consultancy and equipment and personnel hire. Please get in touch to find out more about our consultancy services

Where we work

Fellows is based in the UK and can undertake projects all over the world.


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Fellows International Limited was founded as an incorporated company in 1994 by former Royal Navy Clearance Diver, Michael (Mick) Fellows MBE DSC BEM. Fellows was one of the first commercial munitions disposal and mine clearance companies in the UK. 


Fellows provided project management for a 3 year munitions clearance project in Somaliland. This project was Fellows first large international contract and the first of many.  


Fellows completed minefield surveys, clearance feasibility studies and EOD risk assessments all over the world, including The Falklands, Hong Kong, Angola, Bosnia, Slovenia Northern Ireland and Lebanon. 


Gunwharf Quays – Fellows carried out Munitions contamination surveys, UXO risk mitigation activities at the site of HMS Vernon which was being developed into housing and shopping areas. During ground investigation works an underground vault was discovered which contained explosive shells, amongst other things from the mid 1800s. Fellows was contracted to enter the confined space, identify and remove all traces of explosive material. 


Fellows achieved BS EN ISO 9001 accreditation. Fellows was the first company in Britain to hold such an accreditation in diving, explosives and munitions clearance and still hold it today. 


Fellows supported the Horizon Survey company as the EOD contractor during an Ordnance Hazard Assessment at the Al-Amaya and Al-Basrah Oil Terminals off the coast of Iraq. The objective of the survey was to locate and identify any suspected ordnance risk. 


In June 2008 Fellows safely moved and disposed of a WW2 1000lb bomb from alongside a North Sea gas pipeline. One of the first commercial operations of its kind in the UK and the foundation for our offshore business today.  



In 2016 Fellows International was acquired by the Optima Group heralding a new era for the company. Optima are world leaders in explosive threat mitigation and in this challenging global market, Fellows, supported by Optima can provide the scale and scope of expertise required to meet not only the existing threat, but also the developing threat now and in the future.


Fellows has a new identity and has relocated to a new office in Gosport. We are investing for the future and have purchased new equipment to maintain our position at the forefront of the industry.

Fellows is looking to return to its maritime roots as it invests in a new offshore UXO disposal capability. With its ex-Royal Navy pedigree, Fellows will soon be returning to maritime clearance operations. 

The Team

All of the staff at Fellows International have significant experience of working with unexploded ordnance and managing the risk it presents. The management at Fellows are all ex-Officers and Senior Rates of the Royal Navy and all of our Operations Team have completed the Advanced, Land and Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operators course. With many years of military and commercial experience, the team at Fellows can advise how best to manage the UXO risk at any site and will give an informed opinion of the most suitable process to mitigate the risk in a timely and cost effective manner.

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