Port of San Diego, Navy Partner on Blue Economy

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego’s Blue Economy effort has acquired a significant partner in the US Navy.

The port and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport have signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement to help push the innovation of a Blue Economy, which seeks to balance economic growth and coastal preservation in the San Diego area.

“Our role in the arrangement with the Port of San Diego is to provide expertise, and collaborate, where possible, in developing ocean technologies that may benefit the US Navy,” said NUWC Division, Keyport Deputy Customer Advocate Jay Cavalieri. “This arrangement allows the Port of San Diego to identify possible technologies, and together we will work to develop a plan to test, evaluate and transition those technologies to the Fleet. This PIA is really a starting point for future efforts and I’m excited about the partnership because it allows Keyport to gain a different view into non-traditional companies and ideas. Our Ballast Point Facility is a perfect location to test and evaluate some of those emerging technologies.”

According to Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos, the ports leadership in the Blue Economy is well established with cargo, shipbuilding and fishing industries and now the port is leading the way into the next generation of opportunities on its dynamic waterfront.

“I am pleased that we have achieved one of the goals I set this year of coming to an agreement with the US Navy to further drive innovation in San Diego Bay,” said Castellanos.

By Sarah Spangler