The BlueTech Cluster Alliance Launched in January 2017

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.  See a press release about the launch of BTCA (PDF).  See article in Marine Technology news: https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/global-bluetech-clusters-alliance-543671

Mission of BTCA

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.

Goal of BTCA

Work together in areas where members of participating clusters can share information, collaborate on research and development initiatives, and jointly pursue business development opportunities.


BTCA Members

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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