Green Rebel Marine has acquired Crosshaven Boatyard in County Cork, which will be used to service planned offshore wind projects in Ireland.
The nine-acre site, which will continue its normal operations as a boatyard, will serve as a base for the new operation to survey, equip and service a network of planned wind farms.
Green Rebel Marine purchased two vessels to service the industry. Bibby Athena, set to be renamed to Roman Rebel, has already arrived into Cork, while the second vessel is scheduled to arrive later this year.
The company has also revealed plans to develop a center of excellence in Crosshaven to train and develop the staff required to meet the future needs of the floating wind sector.
“Ireland is on the verge of a green revolution that will deliver 5 gigwatts of energy from wind not generated on land, but far out to sea. 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,” said Pearse Flynn, Green Rebel Marine Founder.
“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.”
The Irish Climate Action Plan commits to having at least 3.5 GW of offshore wind in Ireland in the next ten years, which will help renewables account for 70% of electricity generation by 2030.
Earlier this year, the government designated seven offshore wind projects to be fast-tracked through the new marine planning regime.