The company is set to hire 15 people after purchasing an aircraft to conduct aerial surveys for offshore windfarms.
Green Rebel Marine has today (15 December) announced plans to expand its operation with the purchase of a DA42 multi-purpose survey aircraft, which will be stationed at Cork Airport.
The aircraft represents an investment of €1.5m and will be used to conduct aerial surveys off the coast of Ireland. This will help Green Rebel Marine assess areas for offshore windfarms.
In September, the recently launched company announced its acquisition of Crosshaven Boatyard in Co Cork. It said that 80 jobs would be created over the next year and a half to survey, equip and service windfarms. Since then it has also acquired its first survey vessel, the Bibby Athena.
Today’s expansion announcement brings news of 15 additional jobs at Green Rebel Marine. The company will be looking for pilots, sensor task specialists – such as camera operators and data analysts – IT specialists and ecologists, a spokesperson told Siliconrepublic.com. The jobs will be advertised on the company’s website shortly.
Sarah Kandrot, head of aerial surveys with Green Rebel Marine, said the new aircraft will enable “detailed surveys of the ocean”.
“The purchase of this aircraft means that large sections can be digitally surveyed over a shorter period of time, with the aircraft flying at heights that will not disturb birds or marine megafauna,” she said.
“Ultimately, the information we compile will ensure that offshore windfarms are built in the best locations to protect the ecology of the ocean.”
The company’s founder, Pearse Flynn, added that the renewable energy industry will “sustain thousands of jobs” and transform Ireland into a “new generator of electricity”.
Green Rebel Marine said the purchase of the aircraft makes it the only domestic Irish company offering digital aerial surveys for offshore wind development. The aircraft will be permanently based in the Weston General Aviation Hangar at Cork Airport and will enter full operation in early 2021.
Cork Airport MD Niall MacCarthy said: “Recovery and jobs will be the theme for 2021 and an aircraft based with us in Cork which helps create new jobs, particularly in the green energy sector, is very welcome.”