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The Challenge

The global ocean economy is projected to double by 2030, however a significant knowledge gap remains with 95 percent of the world’s oceans still unmapped.

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Our Vision

To transform ocean data collection, supporting the sustainable and economic growth of our most precious resource — our oceans.

Business Model

Surveyors, Companies & Agencies

XOCEAN offers ocean data collection as a turnkey service to Surveyors, Companies and Agencies. We manage everything from mobilisation right up to the delivery of data to our customers.

Academic Partnerships

Universities & Research Institutions

While XOCEAN offers data collection as a service to Surveyors, Companies and Agencies we also partner with universities and research institutions. If you are interested in purchasing an XOCEAN USV or collaborating on a data collection project, please contact us through the form here.

Meet some of the XOCEAN Team

XOCEAN was founded in early 2017 and has offices in Ireland, UK, the US, Canada, Norway and Australia. Collectively, the team has many decades of experience in technology development and operational delivery in a marine environment.

James is the founder and CEO of XOCEAN. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. James was previously the CEO of an international marine energy business and a senior manager at Accenture.

Kevin is the Chief Operational Officer of XOCEAN, focused on providing high quality deliverables to our clients. He was previously a senior technical manager at an international marine engineering business. Kevin was the Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year 2013.


Karen is the CFO of XOCEAN. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has spent over 20 years working in Senior Management positions in organisations including Price Waterhouse Coopers, National Treasury Management Agency, Treasury Holdings and OpenHydro.

Shep is the Chief Technology Officer of XOCEAN. He served 28 years as a commissioned officer with NOAA in the US, where he rose to the rank of Rear Admiral as the Director of the Office of Coast Survey, where he oversaw the US national programs in hydrography and nautical cartography.

Lorraine is the CPO of XOCEAN, leading the development and execution of XOCEAN’s people strategy with a focus on international growth. With over 20 years HR management experience in the Aviation and Energy industries, Lorraine holds a 1st class honours MSc degree in HR strategies in addition to Post Grad Diploma in Business and BA French and Spanish. Lorraine is passionate about occupational engagement and neuroscience.

Duncan is the CSO of XOCEAN. He has over 29 years’ experience in the collection, processing and analysis of ocean data. A highly skilled hydrographic surveyor, Duncan was a pioneer and early adopter of high-resolution multibeam technology in the early 1990s and helped push the boundaries of multibeam technology from its infancy to the de facto tool for seabed mapping that it is today.

Andrea is the CCO of XOCEAN, focused on leading the Commercial team, including all Sales & Marketing activities. With over 15 years leadership experience in activating global commercial strategy, she previously worked in the Manufacturing and FMCG sectors. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Science with Business and an MBA.

Charlotte processes and analyses multibeam echo sounder data and is responsible for preparing the final reports and deliverables for seabed surveys. With a passion for seabed mapping, Charlotte has particularly enjoyed working on the UK civil hydrography programme, a systematic survey of UK coastal waters, administered by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Claire is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at XOCEAN. She holds an honours degree from Trinity College Dublin and has extensive experience managing strategy, public and media relations, branding, advertising and events in the marine industry.

Ali is the Human Resources Business Partner at XOCEAN. She is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds an honours degree in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast. Ali has extensive experience in all areas of human resources gained from working within the FMCG sector and aircraft seating before joining XOCEAN.

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