Maritime BLUE: 2050 Vision for a Sustainable Maritime Industry

Maritime BLUE: 2050 Vision for a Sustainable Maritime Industry
Sarah Lee
Washington State Department of Commerce

 

Washington State will be home to the nation’s most sustainable maritime industry by 2050. We will lead the country in maritime clean tech innovation and best management practices that support living-wage jobs, a healthy environment and resilient communities. The state will accomplish this in partnership with business, academic institutions, Ports, Labor, Economic, and Workforce Development organizations.

Abstract:
This project is entitled: Washington Maritime BLUE: 2050 Vision for a Sustainable Maritime Industry. It is a systemic approach to technology innovation and job creation through a three-part approach: Development of a vision and strategy to achieve that vision by 2050, establishment of a Maritime Innovation Center, and leveraging of industry assets through Blue Tech cluster coordination.

Proposal
Develop a “Washington Maritime Innovation Center” that will serve as a Cluster Organization, Incubator and Commercialization Test Lab for Washington’s growing Blue Tech cluster. The Blue Tech cluster is defined as: Business and technology development that supports a sustainable, science-based ocean and maritime economy.

Vision
The Washington Maritime Innovation Center envisions a maritime industry that is deeply decarbonized and supports healthy and resilient ecosystems and communities in Washington State.

Mission
The Washington Maritime Innovation Center seeks to help sustain the region’s maritime cluster through innovation and environmental stewardship. By harnessing the integration of research, industry expertise and job creation we support continued global leadership in sustainability in the maritime sector. Washington’s Maritime Innovation Center will support commercialization and integration of innovative technology in the maritime industry. With lab testing facilities and co-working space, we will connect existing and start-up businesses to the resources and necessary partners to create new opportunities in Blue Tech and Blue Jobs.

Strategy
Setting a course towards maritime innovation and resiliency will require a strategic plan that encompasses a clear understanding of the multi-facetted industry and its future direction. The state will accomplish this in partnership with business, academic institutions, Ports, Maritime Labor Organizations, Economic, and Workforce Development organizations. The plan will include strategic goals and a timeline in the areas of:

  • Research and Development / Incubation and Commercialization
  • Demonstration Projects
  • Policy and Incentives
  • Workforce Development, Education and Training
  • Communications, Outreach and Education

The Department of Commerce will lead an advisory committee of diverse stakeholders and interests to engage in a visioning and strategic planning process. This includes a full capacity and gap analysis survey, the development of the strategic plan with vision, as well as a clear timeline and metrics to measure progress.

 

Presenter Bio:
Sarah Lee – Project Director, Sector Integration -Washington State Department of Commerce

As the Director of Maritime and Governor’s Sector Lead for the State of Washington, Joshua works as the liaison between maritime industry interests, Governor’s office, legislature, and state agencies. As Sector Lead he focuses on economic development, building public/private partnerships, and ensuring a 21stcentury workforce. In his role, Joshua is facilitating the development of Washington’s strategic vision for a sustainable, decarbonized maritime industry alongside the development of a Maritime Innovation Center. Previously, Joshua served as the founding Director of the Washington Maritime Federation and brings extensive maritime industry experience to his position. He earned a Master’s Degree from Antioch University Seattle in Participatory Planning. Joshua is also a professional Merchant Mariner having worked in the towing industry and spent six years as captain, of the historic schooner Adventuress.

Contact:
Sarah Lee
Project Director
Sector Integration, Washington State Department of Commerce
sarah.lee@commerce.wa.gov
206-898-2025