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  • An in-depth conversation with Greg Cox, a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and California Coastal Commission and a key proponent of the San Diego Blue Tech Cluster.

     

    Greg Cox has been a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995, where he oversees a regional government with a $5.08 billion budget and 17,000 employees. He represents the First District, which extends along the Pacific Ocean and the popular beaches along Coronado to the coastal community of Point Loma. At the heart of the district lies San Diego Bay, a 23-square mile resource for commerce, ecology and recreation. He is currently serving a 4-year term on the California Coastal Commission.
     
    Describe the “Blue Tech Community” and “Blue Economy?”


        San Diego’s maritime industry and related economic activity comprise the regional “Blue Economy” that was recognized in the 2012 San Diego Maritime Industry Report as an economic powerhouse. It includes everything from shipbuilding to underwater robotics, from desalination technology to aquafarms. It even includes our new open-air, dockside seafood market that is providing San Diego’s commercial fishermen a way to sell directly to the public and support their families.  Essentially, if it’s wet, it’s blue.

    Why is Blue Tech important to the San Diego area? And to California? 

        San Diego, and California, is the perfect host for our Blue Economy. We have maritime cities located at the strategic “pivot point” for the Pacific and San Diego has the largest concentrated maritime technology cluster in the U.S. and probably in the world. It represents the “Next Big Thing” for our region and we will be actively supporting its development. Blue Tech represents a diversity of jobs from blue-collar manufacturing to PhD level research.  This industry tackles our greatest challenges like drinking water, conservation, atmospheric research, and sustainable food and provides solutions that will benefit the rest of the country.  San Diego is a hotbed of economic activity and our highly educated workforce is able to keep that going.

    What is the size, magnitude and scope of the San Diego Blue Tech cluster? 

        It includes more than 1,400 companies producing over $14 billion of annual direct sales and a workforce of almost 46,000 spread across an array of 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 to our south, a desert to our east and a marine base to our north, creates a unique ecosystem that fosters innovation to address society’s biggest challenges. Technologies like water desalination, underwater robotics, alternative energy and sustainable aquaculture are firmly rooted in San Diego.  There is also an incredible group of organizations and leaders who are working together to nurture this Blue Economy — the County and City of San Diego, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Maritime Alliance and the San Diego Association of Governments.

    What advantages do Blue Tech companies have by being located here?

        We have the largest concentrated maritime technology cluster in the U.S. and probably in the world and we have a commitment from government, businesses and community leaders to support and develop our Blue Economy.  San Diego is a strategic military base as we focus more on security concerns in the Pacific, and we have the largest concentration of military personnel in the world.  We have a highly educated workforce thanks to leading universities and research institutions.  We have the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; a world-renowned oceanographic research institute. 

    How can someone engage in the San Diego Blue Tech cluster?


        Get involved with The Maritime Alliance. They have been the main driver of our civic conversation about the Blue Economy and they have the resources to help local companies.
     

    (As published in the October 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)

  • Southwest Marine, Inc., San Diego, Calif., has announced that the purchase of Bethlehem Steel's shipyard in San Pedro, Calif., has been finalized. Operations began immediately following the announcement, with a management team and staff of 50. Steadily increasing staff additions are anticipated until

  • Southwest Marine, Inc. of San Diego, Calif., recently announced two major achievements in its more than $40-million renovation project — the signing of a contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan to construct a new hi-tech computerized drydock, and the acquisition of a major West Coast

  • The San Diego Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers has announced the following program for the 1978-79 season: September 20, 1978—Regular meeting of the San Diego Section. Paper: "Heavy Lift Ship Design and Costs," by Benjamin V. Andrews, consultant, Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Service Engineering Co. (SECO) has announced completion of the purchase of Continental Maritime of San Francisco and of Continental Maritime of San Diego. The acquisition of the San Diego operation fulfills the company's goal of expanding its presence on the West Coast. According to Orlindo Barsetti

  • Southwest Marine, Inc., San Diego Division, recently drydocked the Navy vessels USS Thach and USS McCluskey together for extensive repair work. The dual docking occurred in accordance with tight Navy schedules in order that the two vessels could rejoin the fleet as quickly as possible. Southwest

  • Roger A. Ficchi, chairman of Maritime Capital, Inc. of San Francisco, has announced that D. Whitney Thornton II has been named president of the company. Maritime Capital is the parent of two ship repair and conversion subsidiaries—SFW Corporation located in San Francisco, and San Diego Iron & Steel

  • , sales and marketing. Southwest Marine is a multifaceted marine repair and construction facility located on seven acres in Chula Vista, Calif., on San Diego Bay. Mr. Hurd has responsibility for ship repair and construction sales in both the commercial and government markets. A native of Berkeley

  • Credit Corporation (GECC), Stamford, Conn., announced it has acquired through a leveraged lease transaction its 12th tanker, the 188,- 500-dwt B.T. San Diego, from National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif. Purchase price of the new vessel, which completed its sea trials in September

  • Southwest Marine's San Diego, Calif., yard recently accepted delivery of the "Pride of San Diego," a new dry dock ordered as part of the yard's modernization plan. Art Engel, president of Southwest Marine and Roger Hedgecock, mayor of San Diego, rode the new dock into the harbor to mark the special

  • Fabrica de San Carlos (FSC) (San Carlos Factory) of San Fernando (Cadiz), Spain, which began its activities in the marine industry in 1964, has since specialized in the design, fabrication and startup of marine boilers. In 1971, as a sister company of Astilleros Espanoles, San Carlos Factory

  • Victor Bericochea, vice president, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Berwind Lines Inc. of San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced board chairman Hugh McComas. Mr. McComas also announced that he himself has assumed the presidency of the maritime cargo line after

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company in San Diego. At Vision Robotics)
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    degree tinuously collect data for long durations in severe conditions from Harvard University, he joined Vision Robotics, a robotics company in San Diego. At Vision Robotics, Ryan built autono- that would negate human exploration and observation. In ad- mous robots in the agricultural and defense

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sity of California - San Diego in La Jolla, Calif)
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    schedule limi- tations and inability to conduct adaptive sampling. The two customers are Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Univer- sity of California - San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. and The Cen- ter for Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Cefas, in the U.K. Scripps Institution of Oceanography-University

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    Bay (about half-way ci? c wind energy areas (WEAs)! BOEM spread use. However, wind energy com- the almost 100,000 GWh of renewable between LA and San Francisco). received nominations from 14 compa- panies believe these platforms, in vari- electric generation in 2018. Castle’s ? ling started a federal-sta

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    the 2018 totals Already, many lists by TEU include Los Angeles/Long Beach to- we have used the ports’ own statistics from 2018 as described in gether as San Pedro Bay. They include SeaTac or Seattle/Tacoma as each of their press releases. Shipping Alliances 2018 AllianceMembersDetails of Alliance 223 ships

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    Credit: Port of Long Beach San Pedro Bay, the location of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, side-by-side. January 2019 has seen a slight drop in TEU volume from 221,000 third consecutive calendar year of record TEU volume for SCPA. TEUs in 2018 to 215,000 last month. “A strong February

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    March. Research by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Long Beach ?nished 2018 by also setting a record, moving the shows the trade sanctions will impact nine percent of the total volume most cargo in its 108-year history: 8.1 million TEUs compared of products imported and exported

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    (JAMSTEC) for continuous by delivering real time data-driven marine resources monitoring. insights through a single portal, is currently in use at the San Pedro Bay port complex, the busiest port com- plex in North America. The latest updates include features Dimensions 4.4m × 1.9m × 1.8m that speci

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    four to ? ve decades carbon footprint of production. Image: Aker Solutions Aker Solutions has focused on solutions for the offshore oil When we met in San Diego you said “our big bet and gas industry. The global energy sector is undergoing right now is on offshore ? oating wind”. Can you massive change

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    The catamaran Moose ‘Checking’ all the Boxes Boats is currently building for Westar Marine Services in Westar Marine Services sought out Moose Boats with San Francisco – 75 feet LOA and 130,000 pounds of full basic criteria that called for crew boats to ferry personnel displacement – is a perfect example

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