The Maritime Alliance (TMA) a non-profit industry association and organiser of the largest BlueTech cluster in the United States, has announced an unmissable series of presentations at Ocean Business 2017, which takes place at the NOC on 4-6 April 2017.  

Greg Murphy, Executive Director of The Maritime Alliance confirms: “Each session will be presented by one of the 17 top ‘US BlueTech Companies to watch in 2017’ with the aim of creating international collaboration. These companies were selected to participate in this year’s cohort of the US Maritime Technology Export Initiative, a collaboration between TMA and the International Trade Administration (ITA), part of the US Department of Commerce.”

Cheri Arvonio, Ocean Business Event Manager, explains: “The growth of Ocean Business over the past 10 years has led to an increase of support from international pavilions. The TMA sessions are a fantastic opportunity for Ocean Business visitors to hear from up and coming US companies in a series of 15 minute seminars who will present case studies, information about their technologies and discuss opportunities for collaboration.”

These top small US BlueTech companies have been selected to represent the US Maritime Technology Export Initiative for their innovative technologies and business potential. Each will be attending Ocean Business to build international collaboration and trade by creating partnerships with buyers and distributors in world markets. They have diverse technology backgrounds, including: aerial drones, ballast water, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), unmanned surface and underwater vehicles, vertical profiles and more.


BlueTech Company sessions on Wednesday 5 April, from 14.30 to 17.30:
  • Aquabotix, which specialises in smart technology and viewing systems for ROVs
  • Blue Robotics, which provides components for underwater robotic systems
  • Assure Controls, with products and services to support ballast water compliance in shipping
  • Del Mar Oceanographic, which produces the Wirewalker, a vertically profiling system powered by waves
  • Marine Advanced Research, offering innovative unmanned surface vehicle technology to improve operational efficiency
  • Plank Aerosystems, a developer of fully autonomous aerial drones for the commercial maritime industry
  • XST, which provides insight into weather and oceanography conditions utilising Big Data Analytics to improve environmental forecasting.

The TMA seminars will take place in room G1 on the sixth floor; open to all Ocean Business visitors there is no need to register but you are advised to arrive early.


For the full programme of activities at the show and for FREE visitor registration, visit the website at

Ocean Business 2017 will be taking place at the NOC, Southampton, UK from 4 – 6 April 2017.