Prior to founding Clipper Marine, Richard began his career in the mid 1980s, in the offshore oil and gas service vessel industry, gaining experience first as a deckhand and unlicensed vessel engineer aboard company vessels owned by his father, Hugh Jackson, the founder and president of Jackson Marine Corporation, and later, Jackson Offshore, in Ventura, California. The position as assistant Operations Manager opened the spectrum of knowledge and experience in the marine industry. In1989, Richard was appointed Port Captain of a six-boat fleet chartered by Exxon to assist in the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster in Prince William Sound, Alaska. In 1990, Richard earned his first Master’s license issued by the USCG.
Remaining on the west coast of California, Richard gained experience as a vessel captain, operating in the Santa Barbara Channel oilfields. Appointed by company management, Richard was the Designated Person Ashore during the implementation and certification of ISM. As he continued to gain experience working with clients such as Exxon Mobil, Unocal, Veneco and other large players on the CA coast, Richard built a bank of knowledge of different companies’ Safety Management Systems. His good relationship with his employer’s clients further developed valuable trust that is essential to the industry. The need for a full-time safety and training coordinator became evident as the industry’s safety culture surged. Richard’s “can do” attitude and his relationship with vessel crews resulted in a highly-successful record as the liaison between company management and the client. Richard’s ambition to gain international experience resulted in holding the position as vessel
Master in Brazil for a few years, which advanced his experience working with Port State and other foreign entities. Upon his return to the US, Richard worked in many positions such as vessel Master, OICNW and Senior DPO, which resulted in license upgrades and credentials over the next ten years.
Richard holds a Master 1600 GRT (Gross Register Tons), 3,000 GT and Mate (OSV) Unlimited Tonnage license from the US Coast Guard. Additionally, he has an Unlimited DPO Certificate issued by the Nautical Institute.