We are delighted to announce the official launch of the Global Maritime Alliance (GMA) in Belfast on 17th June 2010. The GMA is an alliance of world leading companies and individuals, providing capabilities in technical research, testing, engineering, logistics and operation and maintenance. Acting together as a virtual corporation creates a significant competitive advantage and an ability to offer a complete range of services to clients.
We are equally delighted that DETI and Matrix have endorsed the GMA as the first Industry led Innovation Community (IIC).
Speaking at the launch event, DETI Minister Arlene Foster said, "Collaboration is an essential tool for local companies seeking to share skills and knowledge in order to enhance their competitiveness. The Global Maritime Alliance will bring together businesses already working in the marine energy sector as well as those who perhaps have not even realized the potential the industry holds for them. By sharing expertise, local companies will increasingly place themselves at the forefront of a dynamic and multi-billion pound international industry."
Clifford McSpadden, GMA Chairman and CEO of CMS Global Ltd added, "The Global Maritime Alliance will utilize the exceptional geographical assets offered here and across the UK and Ireland including significant wave and tidal energy resources, transportation networks, ports, testing facilities and cross-sector engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The shared knowledge throughout the alliance and the breadth of capabilities will be the driving force behind the growth of this lucrative industry."