Blue Forum: Agenda

Connecting WA’s Maritime Industry with R&D Institutions for maritime energy solutions.

October 29, 2019

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Edgewater Hotel – Olympic Ballroom                     2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121 


Tuesday October, 29


8:00am – 8:30am

Edgewater Hotel - Olympic Ballroom

Registration Opens with Coffee & Networking

Join us for coffee as you get to know who is participating.

8:30AM - 8:40AM

Olympic Room

Welcome and Introductions

By Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead  / Founder & Board Chair, Washington Maritime Blue

This is what #WaMaritimeBlue looks like!

Joshua will provide some context for the day’s conversation by giving an overview of Washington State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy and the role for WA Maritime Blue – a strategic alliance for maritime innovation and sustainability.


8:40AM – 8:50AM

Olympic Room

The Blue Economy: It takes a fleet!

Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Yes - "It takes a village" to raise our children to be safe, healthy, resilient and happy. The same can be said for our Ocean! Craig McLean gives his perspective on the global effort to create a sustainable ocean economy - the blue economy. (expand for Craig's full bio)

Craig McLean is now serving as the Acting Chief Scientist and will act as is the senior scientist for the agency providing direction for science and technology priorities. He also serves as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

In his role at Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, he is responsible for overseeing, directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and the execution of NOAA programs including the Climate Program, National Sea Grant, Ocean Exploration, to name a few. Among a number of formal international engagements in science and technology, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and as the Co-chair of the U.S. European Union Marine Working Group.

Mr. McLean has previously served in NOAA as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean served aboard hydrographic, oceanographic, and fisheries research ships and was the first commanding officer of the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter. Craig led NOAA’s innovation and planning for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, and achieved a National Ocean Action Plan goal of securing a permanent, dedicated ship for the National Ocean Exploration Program, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

Craig is also an attorney and has practiced marine resource law for NOAA. He has been awarded the Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze Medals, the NOAA Corps Commendation Medal, and Special Achievement Medal. Mr. McLean is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, and of the Marine Technology Society, and a past-president and chairman of the Sea-Space Symposium. 

Part I: Current Approaches to R&D from Industry, Agencies, and Labs


8:50AM - 9:00AM

Olympic Room

Maritime Energy Transition Outlook 2050

By Jennifer States, Business Development Manager, DNV GL 

DNV GL's look at the current status of fuel types, technology, and policy for the global maritime industry.

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Olympic Room

Panel: Philosophy of Innovation in the Federal R&D Enterprise

Alejandro Moreno (DOE-WPTO), Pete Devlin (DOE-FCTO), Dan Yuska (MARAD)

What is the philosophy of innovation in the federal R&D enterprise? What do we do, why do we do it? Why don’t we do certain things? Why does maritime fall through the cracks? (expand for speaker list)

 Speakers Include:

Alejandro Moreno – Director, US Department of Energy (DOE) – Water Power Technology Office

Pete Devlin – Program Manager, US Department of Energy (DOE) – Fuel Cell Technology Office  

Dan Yuska – Environmental Protection Specialist, US Maritime Administration (MARAD)


9:30AM - 9:40AM

Olympic Room

Industry Innovation: Priorities, Challenges & Vision

By, John Hatley PE, Americas VP of Marine Solutions & Director of Market Shaping, Wartsila North America  

What is the challenge? What is context and philosophy for R&D within industry to meet the challenges? What are the priorities? What are the needs? (expand for John's bio)

John Hatley PE, (MBA, MSE )  Americas VP Marine Solutions and Director Market Shaping for Wartsila North America, has over 30 years of combined marine experience spanning business development, sales, project management of domestic and overseas vessel construction, owner’s representation, advisor pension fund shipping investment, ship operations, and vessel design.  His expertise resides in market development shaping activities for gas initiatives (LNG, LEG, LPG, Methane) plus hybrids with focus on financial business case metrics for decision making and environmental currency.  Prior to joining Wartsila he held positions with General Electric, Marine Industries NW, Pension Fund Investment First American Bulk Carriers, US Lines, Trinidad Tankers, and John J. McMullen Naval Architects.  He is a licensed Chief Engineer for Steam, Diesel, and Gas Turbines.  He is a graduate of 3 schools; BS United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, MSE University of Michigan, and MBA University of Washington each with distinct honors.  


9:40AM - 9:50AM

Olympic Room

Cross Sector Dialogue: Speakers and Participants Engage

Moderated by Joshua Berger

Part II: R&D to Implementation: Models, Examples and Gaps


10:10AM - 11:00AM

Olympic Room

Industry and Agency Panel: Models & Examples

Moderated By David Hume, Marine Engineer, US Department of Energy – Water Power Technology Office

Moving from R&D to implementation and commercialization can be challenging. Here are examples of how industry and agencies have been pushing the transition. (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Gordon Fry – Engineering Manager, Spear Power Systems

Dr. Lennie Klebenoff – Principle Member, Sandia National Laboratories

Cam LeHouillier – Energy R&D Manager, Tacoma Power

Cyril Tatar – Vice President of Newbuilding, Holland America Group


11:00AM – 12:30PM

Olympic Room

Workshop: Energy Reduction Measures – Creating the R&D Roadmap

Moderated By David Hume, Marine Engineer, US Department of Energy – Water Power Technology Office

Using a compiled list of current Energy Reduction Measures R&D projects across the federal enterprise, provide detailed input to ensure that programs are in-line with industry direction and input. Help create the first piece of a national agenda for maritime energy solutions.

12:30pm – 1:15PM

Olympic Room

Networking Lunch

Part III: Organizing for Success: Clusters, Collaborations & “Coopetition”


1:15PM – 1:35PM

Olympic Room

The Role of Clusters and Washington Maritime Blue

By Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead / Founder & Board Chair, Washington Maritime Blue

What are formal Cluster Organizations doing around the globe to help accelerate innovation through the triple or quadruple helix model - government, industry, research institutions, and community based organizations working together. Hear about the specific scope of work of Washington Maritime Blue - a Strategic Alliance for Maritime Innovation and Sustainability.

1:35PM - 2:20PM

Olympic Room

Panel & Group Discussion: Getting the Work Done – Initiatives, Accelerators, Working Groups, and Investments.

Moderated By Simon Geerlofs, Strategy Lead, Blue Economy and Ocean Science Partnerships, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Where do we see the work getting done? Who is organizing, making commitments, investing in solutions? We start with some lighting presentations to seed a conversation between the panelists and participants. We will discuss the Blue Accelerator, Pacific Coast Collaborative, Clean Cargo Working Group, a Joint Innovation Project and more... (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Dennis McLerran – Cascadia Law Group, Fmr. EPA Region 10 Administrator

Elizabeth Scallon – Head of Labs, Pacific Northwest and Silicon Valley, WeWork Labs

Dan SmithClean Cargo Working Group and Sustainability Director, Crowley Maritime

Linda Styrk – Executive Director, Puget Sound Pilots



2:20PM – 2:30PM

Olympic Room

Next Steps, Announcements, & Closing Remarks



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