UK-USA - Marine Energy Industrial Strategy 2019






OCEAN BUSINESS - Following on from the US - UK SME exchange was the Ocean Business event, also hosted by the NOC in Southampton. This was another knock-out event, packed with exhibitors of the latest marine technology.



The Marine Technology SME Best Practice Exchange is convened by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the UK Department for International Trade with the US Department of Commerce, the Office of the US Trade Representative, and the US Small Business Administration.




The proposal for this first sectoral best practice exchange was discussed at the fourth meeting of the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) in July of 2018. The best practice exchange aims to raise awareness of the close regional connections  between the UK and US in the ocean and marine technology sector and explore pilot opportunities for the US-UK trade promotion and trade-show collaboration focused on SMEs in 2019.




The objective of this best practice exchange is to bring together marine technology SMEs on both sides of the Atlantic with UK and US government officials to identify ways to strengthen co-operation on issues of mutual interest to SMEs in the sector and drive specific outcomes which respond to SME needs in meeting technological demands of the Ocean Economy.




US EU POLICY ADVISER - Lori Cooper serves as Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the European Union, within the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. A career federal government policymaker, Ms. Cooper has been at the forefront in developing innovative approaches for ensuring access to the European Union (EU) market for U.S. businesses, including negotiating ground-breaking agreements to enhance transatlantic trade and investment.

Ms. Cooper received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, is a member of the Ohio Bar, and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations and French.




United Kingdom – United States Marine Technology Small and Medium Enterprise Best Practice Exchange

Southampton – Ocean Business 19
Monday 8th April 2019
10:00 – 12:30



10:00 – 10:30 Registration, refreshments and networking


10:30 – 10:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks from the United Kingdom and United States


· Angelina Cannizzaro, Business Growth Directorate, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
· Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


10:40 – 12:00 Opportunities and challenges for marine technology SMEs: in the ocean economy and accessing UK and U.S. markets


Facilitator: Tom Chant, Society of Maritime Industries




· Dr. Ralph Rayner, President, Society for Underwater Technology
· Terry Sloane, Managing Director, Planet Ocean
· Marybeth Gilliam, COO, Greensea Systems, Richmond, Vermont
· Mark Hamson, International Trade Advisor, UK Department for International Trade
· PJ Menner, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Embassy, London
· Matt Quartley, Managing Director, Valeport
· Mark Gundersen, CEO, Marine Advanced Research, Richmond, California






US EMBASSY - PJ Menner is a commercial specialist. He  retired from the U.S Navy as a Commander in 2014. Between October 2009 and June 2013 Mr Menner worked for the Defense Contracts Management Agency, Northern Europe, as management and program analyst, where he planned, implemented and oversaw the relocation of DCMA NE to its new home in RAF Wyton. He now works in: Automotive & Transportation; Aviation; Defense Equipment; Ports & Shipbuilding; Law Enforcement Equipment and Marine Technology. Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7891 3470  Email:



12:00 – 12:20 Supporting SMEs: Access to finance and wider business support

· Facilitator: Lori Cooper, Office of the European Union, U.S. Department of Commerce




· Deborah Matthews, Business Growth Directorate, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Supported by Rodney Boyd, British Business Bank and Wedad Kurukgy, UK Export Finance


· Aron Davidson, U.S. Department of Commerce, San Diego, California




12:20 – 12:30 Closing remarks


· Angelina Cannizzaro, Business Growth Directorate, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
· Christina Sevilla, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
· Aron Davidson, U.S. Department of Commerce


12:30 – 13:00 Optional networking for UK – U.S. SME Dialogue Participants




US TRADE - Dr Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. trade representative for small to medium size businesses, is a negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade involved in the preparation of the SME Chapter of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).




PLANET OCEAN - Terry Sloane is the managing director of Planet Ocean Ltd, a company specializing in underwater vehicles and water measuring equipment. Unit 16, Camberly Business Centre, Bracebridge, Surrey GU15 3DP.





Parking is available at the Ocean Cruise Terminal Car Park which is a 5-minute walk to the National Oceanography Centre. The address is: Ocean Cruise Terminal, Cunard Road, Southampton, SO14 3QN.

Please follow the AA signs to ‘Ocean Business’. The parking tariff is in place for Monday and you are able to pay via credit card, App or cash. If you return on the opening days of Ocean Business, there will be a flat fee of £10 per day (which is cheaper than the regular price charged at the meter).

Address for the Event

National Oceanography Centre
European Way
SO14 3ZH

On arrival - Please make your way to the main entrance of the National Oceanography Centre (not the Ocean Business entrance). You will be directed to the UK-U.S. SME registration area which will be on the 4th floor.

Badges - Your badge will provide you with access to the UK-U.S. SME meeting and also to the Ocean Business event for the rest of the week.

Welcome Drinks Reception - For anyone opting to stay overnight in Southampton on the Monday evening, please note that there will be a Welcome Drinks Reception that is open to all visitors and exhibitors who are pre-registered for the event. For details please visit 

Information Relating to Ocean Business - To see the full programme of what is going on at Ocean Business please find the show preview attached or visit the website 



SUT - Putting in multiple appearances with this exchange and the opening session at Ocean Business, President of the Society of Underwater Technology, Ralph Rayner, is on a panel of Industry Experts to debate the future of the Ocean Economy.



Delegates from the Cleaner Ocean Foundation will be attending this event. The Foundation has a special interest in driving zero carbon transport and ocean cleaning technology, hoping to draw attention to the value of supporting not for profit organizations that are developing future marine craft that will benefit the shipbuilding and workboat service industry as a whole.

The UK-USA marine technology best practice exchange will take place on Monday 8 April 2019 between 10:00am - 12:30pm at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.




GREENSEA - Marybeth Gilliam is from Richmond Vermont. Her company, Greensea Systems, produces and installs autonomous navigation systems as a complete service.







Ella Hawkins
Business Finance, International and Engagement 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

Business Growth Directorate: helping businesses start, grow and thrive – building an economy for all
Tel: 020 7215-1001
4th floor | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET |





Blue Economy Triple Helix (Academia, Government & Industry) Dialogue Workshop 

Our second “formal” dialogue on behalf of the Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and The Maritime Alliance (TMA) and BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA).

We will have short presentations to update you on the activities of the EU-US-Canada Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation), the EU-South Africa-Brazil Belem Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation, and the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Center. Following the presentations, we will explore the opportunities for collaboration across the Triple-Helix of academia, industry and government as partners around the Atlantic through case studies and moderated discussion.

Michael Jones, President at The Maritime Alliance, has graciously agreed to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this Dialogue Workshop. There will be a reception following the workshop where we will have an opportunity to continue our conversations. 

Monday, April 8, 2019 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM CEST

Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre (room 104/20)

National Oceanography Centre
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom

Terry Schaefer
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
+1 (301) 734-1187




MARINE ADVANCED ROBOTICS - CEO Mark Gundersen obtained his Bachelor's degree in engineering at Stanford University, then working in Alaska on fishing boats and industrial projects. His company is creating scalable multi-domain robots that can explore our oceans at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. Today, these robots are mapping our oceans and soon they will protect our valuable ocean resources while at the same time dramatically reduce our heavy carbon footprint at sea. He has a passion for all things ocean. He oversaw the build of MAR's flagship vessel, Proteus, responsible for all mechanical systems and co-designed their 2nd generation WAM-V using CAD.





Amos Barkai  -  OLSPS - CEO
Revital Barkai  -  OLSPS - CEO
Alessandra Bianchi  -  SeaTrac Systems, Inc. - Communications Director
Margaret Brady  -  NOAA - Coordinator, Ecosystem & Habitat Science Programs
José Joaquín Brito  -  AIR CENTRE - CEO
Kyle Burton  -  Innovacorp - Program Coordinator, Start-Up Yard
Ping Tuck Chai  -  SeaTrac Systems, Inc. - Director of Sales and Marketing
Jayne Codling  -  Enterprise Europe Network South West,Business West - Advanced Eng & Manufacturing Sector Lead
Ron Collier  -  SubC Imaging - VP, Business Development



Lolita D'Ortona


SEAVAX DESIGN - Lolita D'Ortona is an agri engineering student working on the robotic wind tracking boom as part of SeaVax and RiverVax development. Copyright © photograph March 2019 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.



Lolita D'Ortona  -  Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd - Agri Engineer
David Condino  -  Outer Island Marine - Maritime Consultant
Aron Davidson  -  US Department of Commerce / US Commercial Service - Sr. International Trade Specialist
Bill Donovan  -  Kraken Robotic Systems Inc - Kraken Robotic Systems Inc
Frederico Ferreira  -  Forum Oceano - Project Officer
David Golding  -  Innovate UK - Head of North America and Global Networks
Mark Gundersen  -  Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc. - President & CEO
Chad Hagerty  -  Earthwise Sorbents - Partner
Owe Hagesæther  -  GCE Ocean Technology - CEO
Peter Holm  -  Sea Machines Robotics Inc - European Director
Agostino Inguscio  -  European Commission - Policy Officer
James Ives  -  XOcean - CEO


Nelson Kay


FABRICATOR - Nelson Kay is seen here making a small component in steel. Nelson will be using MIG, TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) and Arc using flux coated electrodes to weld the boom and mast structures as part of an autonomous energy experiment aimed at SeaVax ocean cleaning machines. With a fair wind and a successful crowd funding campaign, he hopes to manage  the build of a coastal test rig in 2020-21.


Nelson Kay  -  Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd - Conceptual Engineer
Sam Kirby  -  Chelsea Technologies Group - Marine Sales Manager
Kate Larkin  -  European Marine Observation and Data Network - Deputy Head of Secretariat
Barry Lyon  -  Sea-Bird Scientific - President
Tyler MacCready  -  Apium - CEO
Geoff MacIntyre  -  Sensor Technology Ltd. - Head of Business Development
Derek Mackenzie  -  Sensor Tech Canada - Operations.
Caroline Martin  -  High Commission of Canada - Trade Commissioner (Science & Innovation)
Laura McDonagh  -  European Commission - Policy Officer
Pj Menner  -  U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Department of Commerce
Thomas Mitchell  -  Sea-Bird Scientific - Vice President, Commercial Team
James Mullen  -  Earthwise Sorbents - CEO
Shara Narsipur  -  The Maritime Alliance - Project Coordinator
Gisle Nondal  -  GCE Ocean Technology - R&D Manager
Edel O'Connor  -  Irish Maritime Development Office@Marine Institute - Business Development Manager
Simon Quinn  -  University of Southampton - Industrial Liaison Manager, SMMI
Ralph Rayner  -  Society for Underwater Technology - President
Murray Roberts  -  University of Edinburgh - Professor Marine Biology
Terry Schaefer  -  NOAA - Program Analyst
Joy Shapiro  -  Apium - Operations Manager
Dave Shea  -  Kraken Robotic Systems Inc - Kraken Robotic Systems Inc
Paul Snelgrove  -  Memorial University of Newfoundland - Assoc. Scient. Director, Ocean Frontier Institute
Niru Somayajula  -  Sensor Technology Ltd - CEO
Richard Spinrad  -  Marine Technology Society - President
Aidan Thorn  -  National Oceanography Centre - Marine Robotics Innovation Centre Manager
Bradley Thorne  -  Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Provincial Trade Commissioner
Don Ventura  -  Fugro - Hydrographic BDM
Darrin Verge  -  ROMOR - CEO
Pushkar Wadke  -  National Oceanography Centre - Associate Director, Strategic Business Development
Jonathan Williams  -  Marine South East - CEO
Mark Wood  -  Ocean Sonics - President




KONGSBERG - Peer Fietzek, Manager, Science & Research Kongsberg Maritime (Cronos).





1530 – 1545: Welcome


1545 – 1600: Short self-introductions


1600 – 1620: Short presentations on the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the Belém Statement and Horizon 2020 project ATLAS


1620 – 1640: Case Study 1 – Russ Wynn, Associate Director Government, International and Public Engagement and Chief Scientist for Marine Robotics Systems, NOC


1640 – 1700: Case Study 2 – Dave Shae, VP of Engineering, Kraken Robotics


1700 – 1720: Case Study 3 – Don Ventura, Hydrographic Business Development Manager in the Americas Region, FUGRO


1720 – 1740: Case Study 4 – Peer Fietzek, Manager, Science & Research (KM Cronos), Kongsberg Maritime


1740 – 1800: Wrap up and next steps


1800 – 1915: Reception in the NOC Waterfront Cafe




DELEGATE - As part of the SeaVax development team, Lolita D'Ortona attended the morning and afternoon sessions listed on this page, also networking with other delegates on behalf of the Foundation. Copyright photograph © 8-04-19 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, all rights reserved.




European Commission: Agostino Inguscio ( and Laura Mc Donagh (


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Terry Schaefer (


Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Karen Davison (


The Maritime Alliance (



If you are interested in BlueTech clusters, join The Maritime Alliance & BTCA meeting at Ocean Business

BlueTech Clusters bring together the Triple Helix – academia, industry and policy makers – to create a “Blue Voice” region-by-region, country-by-country.

Monday 8 April 2019, 1pm – 3pm, Lecture Theatre, 4th Floor. Free to attend

The Maritime Alliance is a member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA) – 10 leading BlueTech Clusters from 8 countries. BTCA will meet at Ocean Business 2019 and invites anyone interested in BlueTech clusters to join them. Discussions will centre around how BTCA member clusters & member companies collaborate and explore ways they can work with developing clusters globally. The Maritime Alliance and BTCA members clusters look forward to seeing you on Monday afternoon, April 8 in Southampton!

Registration IS REQUIRED to ensure smooth access to the building and for planning purposes.








Stephen Lloyd MP at the Enterprise Centre, Eastbourne


OCEAN CLEANING MACHINE - The SeaVax concept model was on display in January at the Enterprise Centre in Eastbourne, seen here with MP Stephen Lloyd and the youngest member of the development team. SeaVax is designed to be fully autonomous in its final 44m guise. A 12m coastal rig could be in the water before the end of 2020 if funding is secured for this stage of development, following the testing of a wind turbine experiment on a converted Ford Transit. Copyright photograph © 26-01-19 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, all rights reserved.









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