60 new jobs at USV centre

Jennifer Melia, Enterprise Ireland, Heather Humphreys TD, James Ives, CEO XOCEAN Jennifer Melia, Enterprise Ireland, Heather Humphreys TD, James Ives, CEO XOCEAN
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Irish ocean data collection company, XOCEAN, has announced the creation of 60 new jobs following the official opening of its new Technical Centre near Carlingford, Co. Louth.

Using Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), XOCEAN provides turnkey ocean data collection services ranging from mapping the seabed to inspecting subsea structures to monitoring the environment. The new Technical Centre and 24-hour Control Room will act as a hub for operating XOCEAN’s fleet of USVs globally.

XOCEAN is set to grow exponentially in the next 12 months, with 8 additional vessels being added to the fleet. The company plans to recruit an additional 60 employees in the next year to meet increasing market demand.

XOCEAN has recently completed projects for clients such as the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Commenting on the visit, Minister Heather Humphreys TD said: “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. 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.”

By Jake Frith

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