Irish Sea Contractors Appoints New Managing Director

As company grows their subsea cables and offshore renewables business

Irish Sea Contractors, has appointed a David Barrett as Managing Director with former  Managing Director David Kinsella remaining as Chairman.Irish Sea Contractors Press Release
December 14, 2021

Irish Sea Contractors, a global subsea engineering organisation, has appointed a new Managing Director, David Barrett, to lead the company and deliver on their growth strategy. Barrett is a Chartered and Fellow Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience leading construction projects throughout Ireland, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The outgoing Managing Director, David Kinsella, will continue to play an active role as Chairman.

Irish Sea Contractors is a family-owned business based in Co. Wexford Ireland and specialises in subsea cable and marine engineering services. Delivering projects globally for some of the leading organisations in offshore renewables, telecommunications, oil and gas, ports, shipping, and construction engineering, the company continues to grow and deliver projects for international clients.

Welcoming the recent appointment, Chairman David Kinsella said, “I am delighted to announce David Barrett as the new Managing Director of Irish Sea Contractors. The appointment reflects our vision and commitment to deliver high quality projects for our clients globally. I look forward to working with and supporting David in my role as Chairman.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Barrett said, “I am honoured to lead the Irish Sea Contractors’ team. David Kinsella has been a leader in this industry for over 30 years’ and I look forward to working with him and our team on the next stage of our growth plans.”

Subsea cables market

The company is experiencing a growing demand for nearshore and intertidal experience in subsea cable installation, burial and protection services. “We have a number of exciting projects lined up over the next few years as the volume of subsea cables installed across Europe continues to increase based on demands from data centres, telecommunications, offshore windfarms,” said Barrett. “Our team recently completed a subsea cable installation project between the UK and the Netherlands, and we’re seeing a demand for intertidal subsea cable expertise which our team has developed over the past number of years on projects across Europe”.

Irish Sea Contractors continues to enhance their offerings for Clients in this space and their growth is also driven by their 2022 launch plans for their unique subsea cable repair solution, AERSUB™, with further announcements expected next year.

Offshore renewables market

The offshore renewables market in Ireland is at an exciting time and presents opportunities for Irish companies with experience in offshore windfarm projects and knowledge of the Irish market. “We are in discussions with windfarm companies who are looking to develop an Irish supply chain, and as a company who worked on the installation of Arklow Bank Windfarm and with experience working on windfarms in the UK, we look forward to offering local knowledge and expertise to the developers and contractors developing the Irish Windfarms,” says Barrett.


For further information, please contact:

Áine Kinsella
Business Operations Manager
+353 85 858 4654
[email protected]

About Irish Sea Contractors
Irish Sea Contractors is a global subsea engineering organisation headquartered in Ferns, Co. Wexford. We deliver subsea cables and marine engineering services for clients in telecommunications, offshore renewables, oil & gas, shipping and ports, and marine engineering. We believe that “anything you can do on land, we can do under the sea.” To deliver on this we use a combination of technology advancement, an innovative spirit to think outside the box, and a highly skilled team of engineers, divers, fabricators and welders, dive mechanics and electricians.

Irish Sea Contractors is an innovative organisation with a wealth of knowledge and experience in subsea engineering services. Our services include:

  • Subsea Cables Installation – turnkey nearshore and shallow water installation of fibre optic and power cables.
  • Subsea Cable Repair & Maintenance– using our new global patented cable repair solution, AERSUB™ to repair cables on the seabed
  • Offshore energy services – supporting in the construction, operations and maintenance of offshore renewables and oil & gas projects globally
  • Shipping & Port Services – Marine engineering for ports, certified inspections and repairs of ships, and salvage of vessels

Irish Sea Contractors has a team of talented, skilled and highly trained personnel working for us. Our culture is to create a home of innovation and continuous learning which enables our team to develop new methods and services to meet the changing needs of our clients. Our subsea innovation facility allows our divers to train and prepare for projects in different tidal conditions. This facility ensures we can continue to offer bespoke services for our clients.