Green Rebel Marine to create 80 Cork jobs

Green Rebel Marine, a new business established to service the future needs of offshore wind farms, has announced plans to create 80 jobs in Cork over the next 18 months, according to RTÉ.

The company has also bought Crosshaven Boatyard in Co Cork. The nine-acre site will serve as a base for the new operation to survey, equip and service a network of planned wind farms along the Irish coast. Crosshaven Boatyard will continue its normal operations as a boatyard.

Green Rebel Marine was founded by Cork businessman Pearse Flynn, who has invested €10m of his own money into the project, including the purchase of two specially equipped, high-tech ships to service this nascent industry.

The first vessel – the Bibby Athena which will be renamed to Roman Rebel – has already arrived into Cork. The second is scheduled to arrive later this year.

RTÉ reports that plans for offshore wind farms are at an advanced stage with a number of potential fixed and floating operators examining sites along the coast from Dundalk in Co Louth, to the Cork coast and beyond. Their construction will not only increase Ireland’s ability to produce renewable energy, it will also create an entire new sector dedicated to servicing their operation.

According to Flynn, Ireland is on the verge of a green revolution that will deliver five gigawatts of energy from wind not generated on land, but far out to sea. He says: “Green Rebel Marine will work alongside the operators of this new array of wind turbines to ensure they remain operational by using skilled mariners who are trained here. We have already hired some of the industry’s leading scientists who will help conduct surveying in the months ahead, and our team will remain involved in these projects until they are operational and beyond. This is a new sector, and one that has incredible potential to deliver for our maritime community.”

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