A new business established to service the future needs of offshore wind farms, has this week announced plans to create 80 new jobs.
The company, Green Rebel Marine, has also acquired Crosshaven boatyard in County Cork, with the nine acre site serving 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 boat yard.
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 County 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.
Pearse Flynn pictured at the Crosshaven boatyard in Cork. Mr Flynn has established a new company called Green Rebel Marine to service the future needs of offshore wind farms and announced plans to create 80 new jobs. (Pic: Clare Keogh)
Green Rebel Marine has been founded by Cork businessman Pearse Flynn, a native of Ballycotton, who has invested €10 million of his own money into the project, including the purchase of two specially equipped, high tech ships to service this nascent industry.
The new jobs will be created in Crosshaven within the next 18 months. 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.
The company also has plans to develop a centre of excellence in Crosshaven to train and develop the staff required to meet the future needs of the floating wind farm industry.