GREEN MARINE TEAM

JASON SCHOFIELD
Managing Director
Responsible for company management and business development and operational planning.

Following school, I achieved a qualification in mechanical engineering, and fulfilled my ambition to work at sea. I started on fishing vessels when I was 19 years old, initially as a deckhand, then used my engineering skills to become chief engineer on the largest whitefish trawler in Orkney, the River Dee. My aim was always to become mate and skipper of a fishing vessel. 

I achieved my unlimited fishing vessel mates qualifications when I was 25 years old, and my deck officer Class 1 when I was 29 years old. Having served as mate & skipper on vessels that were owned by others, I decided the next step was to purchase a vessel of my own. After successfully securing funding, I purchased the Dorothy Gray from Aberdeen, which I converted and renamed the Norlantean. At the time, the Norlantean was one of the biggest whitefish vessels in the UK. I skippered and took charge of all the operations for this vessel for many years and subsequently replaced her with a newer vessel and purchased another in 2008.

I have worked in the harshest environments known, from Orkney to Rockall in the Atlantic and also in the strongest tidal currents in the World. I have navigated vessels all around the UK, Norway, France, Croatia and many other parts of Europe, all without incident or accident.

I currently manage and operate our vessels, crews and barges from our office in Stromness, constantly monitoring all operations in Orkney waters so that Green Marine can provide timely and effective support whenever and wherever required.

RECENT ACTIVITY IN AND AROUND ORKNEY WATERS

Green Marine has been heavily involved in various marine operations in the waters around the Orkney Islands from its inception in 2012. The company was formed to provide marine services to the energy sector using the decades of knowledge gained in the fishing industry working around Orkney and beyond.

We initially started working in the energy sector by utilising our fishing vessels, placing mooring bases and laying pipelines and have moored in the strong tidal currents for periods lasting up to six weeks through all tidal conditions.

We then progressed into purchasing and using more specialised vessels for operations in the marine renewable energy sector. Green Marine has been involved installing wave and tidal generating devices around Orkney. Andritz Hydro Hammerfest’s tidal turbine installed by Green Marine has proven to be one of the most successful in the world to date, with much of the necessary preparation, planning and advice delivered by Green Marine.

wave-energy-scotland-logoJason is a member of the Wave Energy Scotland Advisory Board

Jason explaining Green Marine operations to Minister of Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing.