Green Rebel Marine has announced that it is creating 15 new jobs at Cork Airport.
Green Rebel Marine, which was established earlier this year to service the future needs of offshore wind farms, has purchased a DA42 multi-purpose aircraft for €1.5 million, which will be based at Cork Airport, resulting in the creation of the 15 new jobs.
The DA42 multi-purpose aircraft was purchased by Green Rebel Marine to conduct aerial surveys off the Irish coast.
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Green Rebel Marine will conduct an ecological assessment of thousands of square miles of ocean as part of the planning process for offshore wind farms.
With the purchase of its own survey aircraft, Green Rebel Marine will be the only domestic Irish company offering digital aerial surveys for offshore wind development companies.
The twin-engine DA42 MPP is rated as best in class in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, and is equipped with high performance aerial cameras to conduct ecological surveys.
Green Rebel Marine has also acquired Crosshaven Boatyard in Co. Cork and a survey vessel called the Bibby Athena, which is the first of a planned fleet of survey vessels.
Cork Airport Managing Director Statement
Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy stated, "2020 has been a tough year for everybody, so it's great to be starting 2021 with a good news story. 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. The Green Rebel Marine Diamond Aviation 42 aircraft will be based at the Weston General Aviation Hangar at Cork Airport and we wish them every success in this exciting new offshore wind venture."
Green Rebel Marine Head Of Aerial Surveys And Founder Statements
Meanwhile, Green Rebel Marine head of aerial surveys Sarah Kandrot commented, "Off-shore energy is part of the green revolution, however, the granting of licences for these wind farms is dependent on detailed surveys of the ocean to catalogue the ecology of the target areas. 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. Ultimately, the information we compile will ensure that offshore wind farms are built in the best locations to protect the ecology of the ocean."
Green Rebel Marine founder Pearse Flynn added, "The purchase of the survey aircraft, along with the first in our fleet of survey vessels, means that Green Rebel Marine is leading the charge towards sustainable and renewable energy off the Irish coast. This is an industry that will sustain thousands of jobs while transforming Ireland into a net generator of electricity. The oceans around Ireland are a vital resource, and the quality survey work being undertaken by Green Rebel Marine will help to both protect that resource while harnessing its potential."
The Green Rebel Marine aircraft will be permanently based at Cork Airport once it enters full-time operation early next year.
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