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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

  • Jim Grissom has been appointed San Juan, Puerto Rico, operations manager for Crowley Maritime Corporation's Caribbean Division, according to a recent announcement by Robert G. Homan, senior vice president of the division. Formerly Jacksonville, Fla., terminal manager for Trailer Marine Transport

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    PEOPLE & COMPANY NEWS Seaspan Shipyards Clarke MacLeod Hargreaves Thomson Oliver Diaz Sandy studied aircraft maintenance Seaspan Shipyards Announces at Northrop University in Inglewood, Management Additions Seaspan Shipyards announced the ap- California and graduated as a me- pointment of James

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    maintenance dredging projects in the United States, such as in the Houston Ship Chan- nel, Baltimore, Savannah, Charleston, Port Canaveral, Boston, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. dredging industry has a long history of adapt- ing and building a ? eet tailored to meet the demands of the market in accordance

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    so that we can have the beneft of the experi- within the 2017 CAAP is $14 billion. He noted that some private ences and knowledge.” He says that the “San Pedro ports are like sector companies think the total will be closer to $30 billion. The a giant test bed for new technologies.” Ports, of course

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    two ports in the world have been more active, per- CO increases are sometimes allowed as a tradeoff. In their report Wsistent – and successful – than the San Pedro Ports: Los on 2018 emissions LA offcials explain: Angeles and Long Beach. “The CO emissions increase for several categories is due to the Consider

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    ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW SAN PEDRO PORTS – Clearing the Air As the nation’s largest and busiest port complex pushes towards a (mandated) zero-emissions future, most of the low hanging fruit has already been picked. The work, nevertheless, goes on. By Tom Ewing 40 Maritime Logistics Professional

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    pressures. IMO 2020 and the ongoing trade wars could decide whether the latest run of robust LNG BUNKERS WHO’S FUELING WHOM? THE EMISSIONS- FREE PORT SAN PEDRO PORTS: AS ‘X’ freight rates can continue. Barry Parker’s report APPROACHES ZERO MANAGING MARINER WELFARE IT’S COMPLICATED, begins on page

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    Case Study Plastics in the Ocean Photo: © Alejandro/AdobeStock Plastics in Marine Sediment An explosion since WWII he amount of plastic fragments in Santa Barbara The study is the ? rst of its kind in that it examined accumula- Basin sediments has been increasing exponentially tion of plastic over

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    is the Research Director with Mahan of leaders within the industry. Support at General Dynamics NASS- Rykiel Associates Inc. in Baltimore, CO in San Diego, CA, was elected MD and Brian Davis is a Professor Crowley Honors USMMA ECB Treasurer. of Cornell University. In the White Midshipman with

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    Rico and ceeding Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president of supply chain management. Fields the Virgin Islands. Menoyo joined and CEO since 1995. Crowley in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in holds a bachelor’s degree in mechani- Massport Votes to Approve 1993 as a mate in the tug and barge cal engineering from

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    history of operational excellence, and three 43.5 meter passenger ferries for Navy’s most recent contract vehicle, is well respected by the industry and San Francisco Bay’s Water Emergency SeaPort-NxG. Through this contract, its customers.” Transportation Authority (WETA), BHGI will have the ability

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    , federal and interna- degree in Business and Economics from been named vice president of Carib- tional levels. Prior to joining LADOT, the University of San Francisco and is a bean logistics, and Claudia Kattán de Cohen oversaw state and federal gov- graduate of the UCLA Executive Pro- Jordán has been

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    would turn into an issue.” DAPI program. A few others, once attached to the offce, have since seen those billets reallocated. Nevertheless, says Cosco Busan: Game Changer Mannion, “Although the program itself has gotten smaller, The infamous 2007 Cosco Busan accident – the ill-fated we’ve become more effective

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    passenger ferries and other record. But perhaps most importantly short-sea vessels. ABS, in partnership for proactive owners looking for a path with Sandia National Laboratories, to IMO emissions compliance in 2030 recently confrmed the feasibility of and 2050, hydrogen fuel cell systems high-speed

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    PROPULSION Credit: © Polina Krasnikova/Shutterstock industry examines options in race to zero emissions A maritime consortium, including ABS and Sandia National Laboratories, recently proved the viability of a hydrogen fuel cell ferry designed for operations in the environmentally sensitive San Francisco

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    and operators. By Thomas C. Escher The Red and White Fleet is a pas- AHT coastal and inland waterways trades as CCF Program senger vessel operator on San Francisco “qualifed vessel” participants.” Cook continues, adding, bay with roots back to 1892. We make “The 2007 Act gave MARAD the authority to

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    emissions A maritime consortium recently proved the viability of a hydrogen fuel cell ferry designed for operations in the environmentally sensitive San Francisco Bay area. Features Credit: Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville By Domenic Carlucci 36 Ports of Indiana: TOWING COMPANY PROFILE Big Successes

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    William M. Brown No. of Employees: 50,000 www.l3harris.com L3Harris L3Harris Unmanned Maritime Systems division is helping to mission of over 14 hours in San Diego Bay. The route of over rede? ne the way the world works at sea with unmanned and 35nm saw the Iver4 UUV collect high-quality side scan and

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    MTR 100 Remote Ocean Systems San Diego, California President/CEO: Bob Acks No. of Employees: 30+ www.rosys.com Remote Ocean Systems is an ISO 9001- 2015 certi? ed company with a 28,000 sq. ft. research and manufacturing facility dedi- Oceanology International cated to producing products that are reliable

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    MTR 100 AXSUB Turner Design www.axsub.com AXSUB Inc. is a supplier for the commercial diving, hy- San Jose, Calif. perbaric, S&R and military, with its systems used for video President/CEO: James Crawford recording and continuous real time depth monitoring system (DMS) for commercial divers. www.turnerdesi

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    in the discovery of a new vent activity in ? sheries for their sustainable tion for a World Heritage Site nomina- future. tion. Traversing thousands of miles, two ? eld in the Pescadero Basin. The list of Saildrones, unmanned wind and solar species occurrences for the area pro- powered vehicles