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OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

developments in ocean science and technology, Oceanology International (Oi) is due to celebrate its half-century with the Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19) conference and exhibition in the San Diego Convention Center, 25-27 February 2019, organised in association with The Maritime Alliance and featuring a Welcome Video by filmmaker James Cameron among its many highlights.From its comparatively modest but well-starred debut in Brighton in February 1969, this pivotal marine industry forum has steadily grown in terms of profile, attendance and commensurate influence, carrying with

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

to us. Oceanology International Americas 2019 is set for San Diego. Give us an overview of the exhibition… by the numbers… from the 2017 event. What are your expectations, in numbers, for 2019?Well, we’re hugely excited to be working with our partners, including local host, The Maritime Alliance, to deliver this next edition of the event in San Diego in February, and our plans are coming together really well. We’ve added a second exhibit hall this time, welcoming around 200 exhibitors of the latest ocean technology, up from 150 last time.I am also thrilled that we have managed

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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

Marine Technology 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

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A BlueTech Future

How The Maritime Alliance changed my perspective on what our oceans have to offerI recently moved to San Diego from Seattle to live in a city on the ocean. Many other San Diego residents, whether they surf, sail, fish, swim, or merely enjoy the beaches, are here for the same reason. 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”

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

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

thanks to digital technology.-splitting BOURBON into 3 independent companies:Bourbon Marine & Logistic: Marine integrated logistics servicesBourbon Mobility: Passenger experience transportationBourbon Subsea Services: Light turnkey project & integrated solutionsNo. 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.

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

for ships, and spoke about joint research being conducted by firms in the U.S. and Norway into hydrogen fuel for high-speed passenger ferries.   “Why has Norway been successful in this blue tech field?” Somdalen asked. “One important factor is clusters.”   The Maritime Alliance (TMA), host of BlueTech week and a supporter of San Diego’s “blue tech cluster,” has made collaboration and international outreach an integral part of its mission, and has seen its number of international collaborators increase year after year through its various initiatives

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

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All Eyes on Ireland

Industry Network and there will be a series of networking events launched this year, including the opportunity to participate in an Ireland Pavilion at international trade shows such as Nor-Shipping. We also attended Oceanology North America as a follow-up to San Diego Blue Tech Week hosted by The Maritime Alliance last November.”   Finding the money “Under the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme, new dedicated funds of €10.6 million targeted at integrated maritime policy initiatives have supported the establishment of the Marine Development Team to

Supervisor Greg Cox at the grand opening of the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market in San Diego in August 2014. It is a great success story in the local Blue Economy. (Photo: The office of Supervisor Greg Cox)

Greg Cox: Growing the Blue Economy

with collaboration and cooperation. For companies looking to export beyond the Southern California borders, or enter into cooperation with businesses and organizations in his area, he offers a simple piece of advice and conduit.   “I have become a strong advocate and supporter of The Maritime Alliance,” said Cox. “The Maritime Alliance has done an outstanding job in promoting blue tech and blue jobs, by focusing not only on businesses, but also on education, and policy as well as technological resources. By its very nature the blue economy is international,” and The Maritime

OINA 2017 - San Diego Aerial (Photo: OINA)

Eduation & Career Day Set for OINA 2017

activities to engage their student’s imagination and interest in the marine sector. Teachers will then have an opportunity to network with exhibitors and talk about their technologies and potential career opportunities within their organizations. OceanSTEM OceanSTEM, an initiative of The Maritime Alliance (TMA) that aims to raise awareness of ocean-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)careers and opportunities, will be the focus of one of the Tuesday conferences break out panels, OceanSTEM & Blue Economy Workforce Development. Chairing the panel, Linda Kurokawa, Director

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