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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Firm is making waves with 60 new positions

Pictured left to right: Jennifer Melia, Enterprise Ireland, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and James Ives,CEO,XOCEAN
Pictured left to right: Jennifer Melia, Enterprise Ireland, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and James Ives,CEO,XOCEAN

Margaret Roddy

Greenore is to be home to an innovative firm which uses marine robotics known unmanned surface vessels to collect data from the oceans.

XOCEAN announced the creation of 60 new jobs as the firm welcomed Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to celebrate the official opening of its new Technical Centre at Greenore last Friday morning.

Minister Heather Humphreys TD said she was delighted to officially open XOCEAN's new marine robotics technical centre

'Ireland is one of the largest maritime states in Europe and has the potential to become a global leader in the USV market and marine-tech sector', she noted. 'Supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland, XOCEAN is a young, but truly innovative start-up company which is offering a safe and efficient USV service with both economic and environmental efficiencies. This is a great example of a highly innovative Irish company based in the regions, providing a jobs boost in the local area while also making an impact in the global marine-tech sector.'

James Ives, CEO, XOCEAN said: 'We're delighted to welcome Minister Humphreys to the opening our new Technical Centre. The next 12 months look set to be an exciting time for XOCEAN as we increase our team and our fleet of USVs to meet growing market demands.'

Jenny Melia, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland added: "Enterprise Ireland works closely with start-up companies to help them build scale and expand their reach in overseas markets. XOCEAN is a fast-growing company in the marine-tech space and is a perfect example of an Irish technology start-up with global ambition. With plans to roll out USVs in multiple sectors and markets, Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing to work with the XOCEAN team as it grows and expands internationally while creating jobs at home in the local region."

OCEAN collects ocean data using Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), which are designed and made by the company in Ireland. The USVs can map the seabed, inspect underwater structures and monitoring the environment.

XOCEAN's new Technical Centre and 24-hour Control Room will act as a hub for operating XOCEAN's fleet of USVs globally, meaning operators remain onshore and operations can continue 24/7.

The firm, which has completed projects for clients such as the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency, expects to add another eight low emission vessels to their fleet in the next 12 months with plans to recruit another 60 staff in the next year.

The company was founded in early 2017 by James Ives who was previously the CEO of the wave energy company Open Hydro for twelve years until 2016.

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