Danielle spoke with Tim Greenwood to find out about the Wicklow based workboat operator Alpha Marine
Can you tell us about Alpha Marine?
Alpha Marine is a tug, workboat and marine services company based on the east coast of Ireland
in Wicklow – just south of Dublin. We own and operate two tugs and two CTVs. The company
was founded in 2004 and is currently run by myself and my brother Simon. We are part owned
by Mainport, a larger Irish shipping and marine organisation.
While we are based in Ireland we have worked in the UK on various projects over the years in
Marine Civils and Offshore Wind. Our four vessels are UK Flag and dual coded for Irish waters.
In recent years we have moved into larger projects putting solutions together for clients with a
network of strong supply chain partners which involve chartered vessels.
What is your role within the Company?
In addition to being Managing Director, I take particular responsibility for HSEQ Management as
well as Business Development. Like any small business I am always involved in project delivery.
What is your career background?
I have worked in a diverse range of industries over my career but have spent the last 20 years or
so in the Tug and Workboat sector.
What excites you most about your job?
I just love working on a marine business, it’s in my blood. Every day excites me because there
are so many possibilities and opportunities. More than anything, doing a good job for a client
makes me happy.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I’ve been a leisure sailor all my life and continue to race and cruise offshore. I have a small
motorboat in the West of Ireland and enjoy weekends aboard it fishing, boating and swimming. I
love mountain biking and living in Wicklow we have excellent trails here. Mountain biking keeps
me fit and active. Too old for rugby now but love watching and supporting Ireland. Finally,
when not too busy I enjoy playing snooker.
What has Alpha Marine achieved so far?
We’ve developed a strong business here in the Irish Sea for the charter of Tugs and Workboats.
The company has some great bluechip clients and we have a super network of partners and
subcontractors who we work with to deliver turnkey solutions to nearshore and offshore
What are your goals for Alpha Marine?
To continue to grow the business and make it more successful for shareholders and employees.
To ensure our excellent safety record continues.
Why did you decide to become a member of The Workboat Association?
The work that the WA does is highly commendable on so many fronts. Alpha Marine can benefit
hugely from the resources, knowledge, and contacts that the WA provides. We also very much
enjoy meeting fellow operators, exchanging yarns and comparing experiences.
How do you feel The Workboat Association can benefit you?
As above but additionally we can prepare for legislative changes, keep abreast of
technological advances, and critically ensure we develop the very best safety procedures and