Cover photo credit: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - Global Ocean Observing System (IOC-GOOS)

Artwork by Glynn Gorick depicting the Ocean Observing System

The Blue Economy


The U.S. Ocean Enterprise, focused on firms that support ocean measurement, observation and forecasting, is worth $7 Billion annually and supports 30,000 American jobs in 36 states.

"The Ocean Enterprise," U.S. IOOS (Feb 2016)

The value of the global Ocean Economy will grow from $1.5 Trillion (2010) to $3.0 Trillion by 2030

"The Ocean Economy in 2030," OECD (April 2016)


How is your company increasing BlueTech Exports?

Apply now to join the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative

The Maritime Alliance (TMA) has partnered with the International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to organize and partially fund an initiative to increase exports from small and medium size maritime technology companies from throughout the United States.  With partial funding through the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), this three-year export initiative will focus on markets primarily in Europe and Latin America, with a secondary focus in Asia.  There will be separate applications for each year of the initiative.

For 2017, U.S. companies are invited to apply to participate in one or both of the export related trade shows listed below, with an optional trade mission following Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.

For more information, contact TMA Executive Director, Greg Murphy at (619) 450-4600 x181 or GRMurphy(at)


OI North America 2017

February 14-16, 2017 - San Diego, CA

Oceanology International North America's (OINA) world-class exhibition and conference will help organizations reach buyers from key market regions and sectors and help them improve their strategies for measuring, developing, protecting and operating in the ocean.

$2,500 includes a small booth in a U.S. BlueTech pavilion, inclusive of raw space, build-out and signage (~40% discounted to normal rate.)

20 open spots.

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Ocean Business 2017

Ocean Business is a three-day international exhibition of technology and services backed up by a program of hands-on training and demonstration workshops.  As part of the export initiative, there will likely also be meetings on Monday, April 3rd & Friday April 7th with European business and clusters.

$3,300 includes a small space in a U.S. BlueTech Pavilion (inclusive of raw space, build-out and signage) + airfare, lodging, meals and incidentals for one person (discounted ~50% to normal rate).  TMA will coordinate all travel and booking arrangements.  Each additional person is $3,000. 

8 open spots.

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European Trade Mission 2017

Following Ocean Business 2017 in Southampton, UK, join U.S. companies and BlueTech cluster partners in Europe for a trade mission that includes the Ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Copenhagen.  The mission will include B2B meetings, site visits and VIP networking receptions.

$2,000 per person (~50% discounted to normal rate), assuming travelers are already in Europe as a result of attending Ocean Business.  TMA will coordinate all travel, lodging and meetings.

Up to 12 companies.

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