Prior to founding Clipper Marine, Roberts started in the sport fishing and live aboard dive industries out of Santa Barbara Harbor and held his first Captain license at the age of 19. While fishing and diving the Channel Islands off of the California Coast he realized his passion for working offshore.
As his offshore career advanced he moved into the petroleum industry as Captain working in the Santa Barbara Channel before moving to Texas in 1996 and continuing his career in the Gulf of Mexico. He soon advanced to a position that would offer him the opportunity to work in locations from Trinidad, West Africa, Brazil and Alaska gaining valuable experience working with both Port State and Federal agents. He soon moved into Seismic and the Anchor Handling Towing and supply vessels moving drilling rigs installing and recovering anchor mooring systems from conventional plow style anchors to suction piles and vertical load anchors (VLA). This experience would drive him to continue advancing and getting into subsea construction and ROV work, installing and maintaining subsea assets in the Gulf of Mexico and South America on subsea construction vessels.
Roberts holds a Master AGT (Any Gross Tons) with Master of Towing upon Oceans from the US Coast Guard and Vanuatu. Additionally he has Unlimited DPO Certificate issued by the Nautical Institute. He brings experience from large projects for companies like BP, Shell, Anadarko and many others developing and maintaining the deep water infrastructure from Alaska to South America.