AN island-based renewable services provider has expanded its operations with the acquisition of an additional safety vessel and a move to one of the best-known buildings in Stromness, Orkney.

Green Marine, which specialises in support services for the renewable energy sector, has bought and renovated the town’s 1600sq ft former police station, with financial backing from RBS and Lombard.

It has also expanded its fleet of vessels with Green Storm and is planning to take on a further five members of staff as it increases its operations across Europe.

The firm has become well established within the energy sector and has built up a strong reputation in the installation and maintenance of tidal and wind energy facilities. Green Storm will primarily service its clients with offshore installations ensuring the safe transportation of personnel and cargo.

Former fisherman Jason Schofield established Green Marine in 2012 and has seen it grow to employ more than 20 people in Scotland and work with more than 35 clients in the renewables sector.

Schofield said: “Across the world, marine forms an important piece of the energy puzzle, and the north east of Scotland acts as a hub of experience for the sector.

“The funding provided has allowed us to significantly invest in our operations.

“Moving to new offices in the former police station gives us continued access to an experienced talent pool, more space, and, most importantly, allows us to keep our headquarters on Orkney.

“The purchase of the vessel demonstrates our continued investment in providing clients with first-class services.

“Royal Bank of Scotland and Lombard have been instrumental in helping us realise our ambitions and provided us with continued support throughout our growth.”

RBS relationship manager, Margaret Keenan, and Nathan Sikorski, business development director at Lombard, supported the funding.

“Green Marine is at the centre of a growing industry within the Northern Isles and it’s positive to see its growth ambitions come to life with its new premises and vessel purchase,” said Keenan.

“As the firm continues to grow and support the budding economy of Orkney through job creation and continued investment, we wish the Green Marine team the best of luck for the future.”

Sikorski added: “It has been a pleasure to get to know Jason and Green Marine over the years, understand their growth plans, and provide help where possible.”