Marine South East

Marine South East


Marine South East (MSE) is a marine sector, non-profit cluster organisation located in the leading maritime Solent region of the UK. Established in 2005, MSE aims to stimulate investment by public and private sectors in key areas of ‘Blue Growth’ such as maritime logistics, marine energy, security, aquaculture and management of environment and ocean resources.  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.

To do this, MSE mobilises three types of activity:

  • Consortium-building to invest in innovation, securing a wide range of finance from business and from public funds, and exploiting the rich capabilities within the region’s science base and business community


  • Strengthening channels to market, particularly for small and medium enterprises seeking to diversify into Blue Growth markets and their supply chains, via a network of UK and international partners


  • Promoting recognition of the opportunities for growth across a highly diverse global Blue Economy, particularly by UK regional authorities and Government departments.

MSE has successfully built up its project portfolio and international profile within Europe and North America. 

Expanding innovation capacity is a major theme within MSE’s innovation project portfolio.  MSE has created and led a series of major European projects targeting new innovation capacity in key markets such as marine energy and offshore infrastructure.  MSE has also been highly successful in building consortia that secure investment from Innovate UK, to address key market challenges such as cost reduction in marine energy and its supply chains.

In keeping with its non-profit status, MSE still maintains a web-based communications infrastructure of events and newsletters.  This ensures that firms can tap into new business opportunities that MSE identifies, and it enjoys an enviable subscriber base.

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Contact Information

Dr. Jonathan Williams


Venture Road
Southampton Science Park
SO16 7NP

(+44) (023) 8011.1595


Jonathan Williams - CEO, Marine South East:

“The Blue Economy is becoming an important global growth opportunity for business so we are keen to be part of the Blue Tech Cluster Alliance in order to realise its full potential.”

Nick Lambert, NLAI International, Marine South East member:

“The blue economy solutions company, NLAI Limited, has a long established relationship with Marine South East and have partnered with them on several projects.  We very much enjoy working with a team of innovative professionals with an intimate understanding of marine, maritime and the blue economy and a great network.’