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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

Reporter interviews Michael Jones, the ubiquitous leader of The Maritime Alliance and the architect of the Blue Tech Week in San Diego. The theme for the 10th Annual Blue Tech Week is “UN Sustainable Development Goals – Industry Solutions”.For MTR readers not familiar with BlueTech Week, please give a synopsis in a sentence or two.The Maritime Alliance (TMA) creates a Blue Voice via unique events, information sharing, national & international outreach, networking, research, and workforce development. The 10th annual BlueTech Week (BTW) scheduled for November 5-9, 2018

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A BlueTech Future

We love the ocean, but do we ever think about how much concrete value it adds to society?It was only when I saw Greg Murphy, the executive director of The Maritime Alliance (TMA), speak at the San Diego Global Investment Forum that I grasped how fundamental ocean- and water-focused technology, or “BlueTech”, is to the current economic health of the San Diego area, and how important BlueTech will be to this region’s future prosperity. TMA is a nonprofit industry association and organizer of the nation’s largest BlueTech cluster that is connected internationally through the BlueTech

The Maritime Alliance Seeks Executive Director

The Maritime Alliance in San Diego is search for an executive director, a full-time salaried position with a compensation range from $75,000 to $100,000.The executive director would help manage operations of a leading BlueTech cluster organization and oversee day-to-day programs. The TMA Mission Statement is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean & Water Industries”. The ideal candidate understands the need to balance conservation and economic development and has a passion for working with academia/education, industry and government/policy makers (the Triple Helix) to promote a

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A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

zero,” Melvin said.“The 32 minute exercise was an amazing display of using autonomous vehicles for mine detection and clearance in a small harbor while keeping the warfighter out of harm’s way.”Marine Technology Reporter was on hand to witness a similar exercise at the 2017 BlueTech week in San Diego

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

. 10Michael Jones, The Maritime AllianceNumber 10 is Michael Jones, President of The Maritime Alliance. )Photo: TMA)You would be hard-pressed to find many in the subsea sector that have not run across, to or through Michael Jones, President of The Maritime Alliance which is now recognized as a leading BlueTech Cluster in the U.S. Jones was a driving force that caused the U.S. Department of Commerce to focus on BlueTech, and why the U.S. Commercial Service decide to form a global marine technology team.  While Jones is “Number 10” in our subsea influential leaders ranking, you would search

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

As part of the annual BlueTech Week in San Diego, attendees were given an opportunity to see several unmanned vehicle technologies in action.   The main event was put on by a team consisting of Marine Advanced Research, Inc.; Planck Aerosystems, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest

Pål Narve Somdalen delivers the morning keynote speech at the BlueTech Summit & Tech Expo in San Diego on November 8, 2017 (Photo: Eric Haun)

BlueTech Week: International Smart Collaboration in Focus

Delivering the keynote address to a packed room during the BlueTech Summit & Tech Expo in San Diego on November 8, Pål Narve Somdalen, Counselor for Trade and Industrial Affairs, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington D.C., discussed Norway’s role within the maritime, marine, energy and technology sectors, and touched upon areas for collaboration with partners in the U.S. and around the globe.   Now in its ninth running, the annual BlueTech Week encompasses seven events from November 6-10, and this year centers on the theme “smart ocean, smart water.” As Somdalen

The event in San Diego has grown from two events over two days to seven events over five days of BlueTech Week 2017 with a theme of “Smart Ocean, Smart Water.” (Photo: The Maritime Alliance)

What's New at BlueTech Week?

BlueTech Week 2017 aims to bring together industry, academia and government in sunny southern California. Now in its ninth year, the annual event has grown to encompass seven events in five days, scheduled for November 6-10, 2017. MTR caught up with Michael Jones, president of The Maritime Alliance (TMA), to discuss ‘what’s new’ at this year’s event.   How has BlueTech Week evolved over the years, and in what ways has it stayed the same? The basic concepts are the same – to “Promote BlueTech & Blue Jobs”, foster collaboration and international

Joe Turner and Exocetus' Coastal Glider (Photo: Eric Haun)

US Blue Tech Companies to Watch in 2017

States, and we're looking forward to helping them grow their business through increased exports and partnerships abroad.”   Each participating company is provided a complimentary one-year membership with The Maritime Alliance (if not already a member) and the opportunity to participate in BlueTech Week held November 6-10, 2017 in San Diego, including the annual BlueTech PitchFest.   The ability to enter foreign markets is buoyed by the ITA and the U.S. Commercial Service, which has regional offices around the world to help U.S. businesses. The timing of this initiative also coincides

Global BlueTech Clusters Form Alliance

Several BlueTech clusters from around the world have come together to launch a global BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA) to foster innovation and economic development in the maritime domain.   The seven Charter Members represent leading BlueTech clusters in seven countries – Canada, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, UK and U.S. – and will constitute the Steering Committee. In addition, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique has signed as the first Regular Member of BTCA.   The clusters will leverage differences in their structures, funding sources and areas of focus to promote

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

With the inaugural Oceanology International North America (OINA 2017) conference and exhibition fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product

OINA 2017 home city San Diego played host to ocean industry gathering BlueTech Week this November (Photo: OINA 2017)

BlueTech Week Paves the Way for OI North America

The Maritime Alliance’s BlueTech Week brings ocean industry and organizations to San Diego, host city of new Oceanology International North America conference and exhibition   Oceanology International North America 2017 (OINA 17) partner The Maritime Alliance (TMA) held its annual ‘BlueTech Week’ in San Diego last week from November 7 to 11. The event provided a platform for more than 400 delegates to network with academic and government leaders, industry executives, investors and BlueTech clusters from around the world to promote BlueTech and Blue Jobs, while highlighting San

Greg Murphy - Executive Director, The Maritime Alliance & TMA Foundation

View from the Top: Greg Murphy

readers not familiar with The Maritime Alliance, can you give a brief on the organization and its reach in the subsea sector. The Maritime Alliance (TMA) is the nonprofit industry association and organizer of the largest ocean and water technology cluster in the United States. Its tagline is Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs with a focus on economic development, ecosystem development and international outreach. TMA brings together 16 sectors of the Blue Economy that include, aquaculture, defense and security, desalination and clean water technology, marine recreation, maritime robotics, ocean energy and

Blue Economy Seminar to Be Held at Ocean Business

terms of new markets, new customers and new technologies.   Other highlights of the seminar include a talk by Michael Jones, President of the Maritime Alliance, who will address a fundamental question: ‘How big is the Blue Economy?’ by looking at the size of the U.S. Blue Economy and BlueTech and efforts that are underway to quantify and promote them. Dr. Gordon Drummond, Project Director of Subsea UK, will provide a perspective on innovation and the offshore industry opportunities. Also of interest are success stories such as the talk to be given by Massimo Sarti, Project Director at

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Greg Cox on San Diego's Blue Tech Cluster

traditional and technology-oriented sectors.   Why has this cluster grown here in San Diego?     The Blue Economy is anchored in our naval heritage.  The Navy attracted the talent, the manpower and the companies that produce the technologies that drive innovation including BlueTech.  Now, San Diego’s BlueTech cluster represents the next big thing for our regional economy as BlueTech companies continue to develop and export products and technologies.  Our location at the far southwest corner of the United States, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Mexico

Crew aboard the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored research vessel (R/V) Melville retrieve a wave buoy during an at-sea demonstration of the Environmental & Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) program.

Blue Tech Economic Engine Shifts into High Gear

a company in the Netherlands,” says Pool. Defining the Blue Community Michael Jones of The Maritime Alliance (TMA) in San Diego says we don’t know just how big the ocean and maritime technology industries are in the U.S.  TMA has worked with partners on several studies to understand BlueTech companies and organizations in San Diego and their importance to each other and the regional economy. Jones says San Diego is not alone in studying and developing its Blue Economy.  TMA is collaborating with a number of U.S. and international organizations to promote the Blue Economy and BlueTech

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Marine Technology Summit Bolsters Growth in the Pacific Northwest

to strategize about next steps for moving their industry forward. A series of panels organized around the themes of “marine economy” and “marine technology” highlighted industry updates and encouraged coalition building for the purpose of growing a marine technology, or “BlueTech”, cluster in the Pacific Northwest. Just over half of the conference’s attendees came from outside of Oregon— representing seven states and provinces in total—while one-third arrived from within Lincoln County. Michael Jones, of San Diego’s The Maritime Alliance

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