BTCA'S MISSION - To "promote sustaiable investment & growth of the knowledge-based ocean and water industries, to the mutual benefit of all parties, through active regional, national and international collaboration."



According to their website the mission of the BTCA is to promote sustainable investment & growth of the knowledge-based ocean and water industries, to the mutual benefit of all parties, through active regional, national and international collaboration. The aim is to Work together in areas where members of participating clusters can share information, collaborate on research and development initiatives, and jointly pursue business development opportunities.




After several years of coordination, the BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA) formally launched in January 2017 with seven charter members including Forum Oceano (Portugal), Marine Institute (Ireland), Oceans Advance (Canada), PLOCAN (Spain), Pole Mer Mediterranee (France), The Maritime Alliance (US) and the UK Blue Growth Network (UK). The BTCA now includes ten clusters in total from eight countries.


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Ocean Business 2019 (Southampton, UK)

Tue, Apr 9, 2019 08:30 Thu, Apr 11, 2019 16:00

More than 360 international exhibitors, over 180 hours of training and demonstration workshops, a cutting edge conference, industry led associated meetings, a careers event and innovative networking opportunities.

Most BTCA member clusters will be represented at Ocean Business 2019 including the TMA BlueTech Pavilion showcasing a number of SMEs from across the U.S.

In addition, BTCA cluster members will host a meeting from 1-3 pm on Monday, April 8 (the day before Ocean Business opens) and welcomes anyone interested in developing BlueTech clusters in their region.



FOWT2019 ( Montpellier, FR)
Apr 24 to Apr 26

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 08:30 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 14:30

FOWT 2019 (Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: once again the world's largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind.

Following FOWT 2018's resounding success with nearly 6800 participants from 25 different countries, preparation of FOWT 2019 is actively under way and will take place in Occitanie/Pyrénées Méditerranée region in spring. 

FOWT2019 is co-sponsored by BTCA cluster member Pole Mer Mediterranee (PMM).



European Maritime Day (EMD2019) (Lisbon, PT)
May 16 to May 17

Thu, May 16, 2019 09:30 Fri, May 17, 2019 14:45

The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean.

The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from Academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions.



Nor-Shipping 2019 (Oslo, NO)
Jun 4 to Jun 7

Tue, Jun 4, 2019 09:30 Fri, Jun 7, 2019 16:30

Nor-Shipping is at the centre of the oceans. This is where the maritime and ocean industries meet every two years – a natural hub for key decision makers from across the world to connect, collaborate and do deals to unlock new business opportunity. This is your arena for ocean solutions. For the first time, Nor-Shipping will devote an entire hall - Hall A - to the concept of Blue Economy, showcasing ‘tomorrow’s business solutions today’. 

Various BTCA member clusters will be represented at Nor-Shipping including the TMA BlueTech Pavilion showcasing a number of SMEs from across the U.S.



Underwater Technology Conference 2019 (Bergen, NO)
Jun 11 to Jun 13

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 09:00 Thu, Jun 13, 2019 16:00

Subsea and Beyond - the power to transform. Welcome to the 25th Underwater Technology Conference in Bergen. UTC is put on by BTCA member GCE Ocean Technology.



BlueTech Week 2019 (San Diego, CA)
Nov 18 to Nov 22

Mon, Nov 18, 2019 08:30 Fri, Nov 22, 2019 17:00

The 10th annual BlueTech Week organized by BTCA member The Maritime Alliance held on 5-9 Nov. 2018 was our biggest ever with over 550+ attendees at 7 events over 5 days from 16 countries including 150+ speakers and representatives of 140+ companies. We expect the 11th annual BlueTech Week to continue the growth trajectory with an increasing number of representatives of academia, clusters, government, industry, military, NGOs and policy makers from a growing number of countries. 

The BTW2019 theme will be "The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Clusters and the Triple Helix." Monday, Nov. 18 will be the 5th annual “by-invitation” BlueTech Cluster Convening; Tuesday will be a one-day conference co-hosted with Scripps Institution of Oceanography on “The Decade of Ocean Science: Promoting Industry & Science Collaboration”; Wednesday-Thursday will be the BlueTech Summit & Tech Expo with multiple tracks on Aquaculture/BioMarine, Maritime Robotics, Offshore Renewable Energy, Water/Wastewater technologies and Workforce Development plus - on Wednesday evening - the 11th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony; and on Friday, Nov. 22, the 4th annual BlueTech Investor Day. Visit for information and registration.



Oceanology International Americas (OiA) 2019 (San Diego, CA)
Feb 25 to Feb 27

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 09:30 Wed, Feb 27, 2019 15:00

As a growing hub for the blue economy in Americas, San Diego is the perfect location to discover the best technology and research in the industry. The 2nd edition of Oceanology International Americas (OiA) is organized in association with The Maritime Alliance. The exhibition and conference will focus on key issues in ocean science and marine technology for the Americas and globally, whilst also placing the spotlight on world-class technology and research projects.

Oi portfolio of events first started in the UK. In 2019 Ai celebrate s its 50th anniversary in San Diego. Over the years, the Oi portfolio has established itself as a truly global portfolio with events in London, China and San Diego.



10th annual BlueTech Week
Nov 5 to Nov 9

Mon, Nov 5, 2018 08:00 Fri, Nov 9, 2018 17:00

The 10th annual BlueTech Week, organized by The Maritime Alliance, in San Diego will feature 500+ registered attendees for 7 events over 5 days in San Diego, CA USA. We anticipate representatives of 100+ companies and 16+ countries will participate.

This year's theme will be "Sustainable Development Goals - Industry Solutions." There will be a full-day by-invitation event for BlueTech clusters, a full-day conference co-hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Marine Debris Solutions, and multiple tracks on Aquaculture/BioMarine, Maritime Robotics, Offshore Renewable Energy, Water/Wastewater technologies and Workforce Development. There will also be the 10th annual Maritime Gala Dinner and the 3rd annual BlueTech PitchFest for investors. Visit for information and registration.





Cornwall Marine (UK) -

We're an organisation dedicated to supporting the Marine sector in Cornwall via initiatives that improve profitability and encourage growth through quality and innovation.


Forum Oceano (Portugal) - 

Internationalisation of products, services and technology related with the maritime economy. Fórum Oceano, works in relation with its partners comprising companies, research and higher education institutes as well as business associations and public authorities from various business sectors of the blue economy.


GCE Ocean Technology (Norway) -

On Feb. 1, 2019, GCE Subsea adopted a new name of GCE Ocean Technology to recognize its expanded focus. The cluster is building on its traditional extensive underwater oil & gas expertise into other ocean sectors including aquaculture, deep sea mining & renewable energy (i.e. offshore wind, tidal power, and wave power).


Marine Institute (Ireland) -

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Oceans Advance (Canada) -

Oceans Advance is the voice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology Innovation Cluster.


PLOCAN (Spain) -

PLOCAN is a multipurpose technical-scientific service infrastructure that provides support for research, technological development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors, available to public and private users.


Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique (Fr) -

Established since 2005, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (PMBA) is a Sea Innovation Cluster located in the western part of France. Gathering a membership of about 350 and driven by reseach-industry-government relationships, PMBA aims at facilitating the emergence of collaborative R&D projects and supports the growth of its members at national but also international level.


Pole Mer Mediterranee (France) -

Created in 2005, Pôle Mer Méditerranée is a business and innovation world class sea cluster located in South of France. It aims to promote sustainable development of the maritime and coastal economy, in the Mediterranean, Europe and the rest of the world.


The Maritime Alliance (US) -

TMA is the largest BlueTech (ocean & water/wastewater) cluster organizer in the United States with over 100 members.  Its Mission Statement is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean & Water Industries”. It does this by bringing together the Triple Helix - academia, industry and policy makers - to create a regional Blue Voice.  Its tagline is “Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs®”


Marine South East (UK) -

Marine South East supports a wide range of activities to support the strategic growth of the marine sector through consultancy projects, collaborations, European partnerships and strategic projects.











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