Marine Technology

Oceans span the globe - does your Marine Technology business? Keep your company growing by devising or expanding your international export strategy. The U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service’s Marine Technology team can assist your company take advantage of worldwide sales opportunities.

You can find international market research, business leads, and promotional events tailored to marine technology companies below listed by the key subsectors covered by our Team:

  • Ocean and Underwater Technology
  • Pleasure Boats and Accessories
  • Port Equipment and Services
  • Shipbuilding and Related-Industries

Your company can tap a world-wide network of Commercial Specialists to help advance your international business development plans including:  

  • Finding qualified business partners and end users
  • Navigating international documentation regulations
  • Successfully bidding on foreign government contracts
  • Promoting your technology overseas at trade shows and single company promotions.

We can also guide you to additional U.S. Government exporting resources including

  • U.S. Export-Import Bank export insurance and financing
  • Small Business Administration STEP export grants
  • U.S. Trade & Development Agency foreign buyer delegations and project feasibility studies

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Take action now: Contact a marine technology trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, sign up for email updates. We look forward to working with you! Locate your nearest ITA Marine Technology trade specialist.

**NEW!! - For detailed country by country analysis of Pleasure Boat markets in over 25 countries, please see the 2014 Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide. Click the cover below to download a copy!

Upcoming Events include:

Oceans Italy – Genova (May 18-21, 2015)
A unique opportunity to showcase your latest research results, products and prototypes,

and to establish relations and promote networking with fellow researchers in the oceanic engineering and marine technology field. The topic of this year’s conference is “Discovering Sustainable Ocean Energy for a New World”. For speakers and agenda, see

Nor-Shipping 2015 – Oslo, Norway (June 2-5, 2015)

Held biannually, Nor-Shipping is one of Europe’s leading maritime trade fairs and a U. S. Department of Commerce Certified Trade Fair. It attracts top buyers including senior management, ship owners and operators, shipyard operators, port authority management, maritime organizations, maritime journalists and technical personnel in shipping, shipbuilding and management companies. USA Pavilion exhibitors will receive the support of U.S. Commercial Service in Norway, which will include B2B introductions and matchmaking services, market intelligence and a networking reception. Exhibition product categories cover virtually all technology and services for shipbuilding, ship repair and ship operation. For details, see

DEFSEC Atlantic – Novascotia, Canada (September 8-10, 2015)

Join U.S. Commercial Service Canada’s U.S. Pavilion and explore the Government of Canada (GoC’s) defense opportunities. Meet face to face with defense prime contractors and its Tier suppliers, and connect you with government units and key partners operating in the maritime and aerospace sectors. For more information, contact: Luz Betancur at or Lucy Latka at

Oceans 2015 – Washington, D.C. (October 19-22, 2015)

The annual OCEANS North America conference and exhibition, jointly sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), rotates among locations with significant maritime communities. October 19-22, 2015, the event will once again be located in the Washington, DC area at the Gaylord Convention Center on National Harbor.

It expects to attract over 3,000 attendees and will feature over 500 technical presentations and workshops. The exhibition will showcase the latest equipment, products and services in up to 200 commercial and informational exhibits.  “Sea Change: Dive into Opportunity,” was selected as the conference theme to focus on the  opportunities related to economic challenges and oceanic changes and the ability to mitigate and adapt to these changes with the application of the best research, technological developments and policy decisions. For more details visit:

Oceanology International - Shanghai, China (November 3-5, 2015)

Oceanology International China, held annually in Shanghai for the last 2 years has tapped into this significant and expanding marine science and ocean technology

community. A USA Pavilion will be offered with value added services for U.S. exhibitors. For exhibition details, please visit and to participate, contact: Ray Filbert at Reed Exhibitions,

Upcoming Webinars:

BIS Export Administration Regulations Webinar (specific to Marine Category 8)

Date: May 19, 2015 (2 EDT/ 11am PDT)

Price: $35

Mitigating a Strengthening US dollar Webinar

Date: May 21 (2 pm EST/ 11 am PST)

Price: Free

Detailed Event Information For Dubai International Boat Show 2013 (DIBS 2013) Detailed Event Information For Dubai International Boat Show 2013 (DIBS 2013)
Dubai International Boat Show 2013 (DIBS 2013) -- Electrical Power Systems, Financial Services, Pleasure Boats/Accessories, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Security/Safety Eq., Sporting Goods/Recreational Eq., Telecommunications Eq., Travel and Tourism Industries
Location/Date: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03/05/2013 - 03/09/2013
Event Summary:
The Dubai International Boat Show 2013, held March 5-9, 2013 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai U.A.E., is the undisputed maritime sales platform uniting over 5,000 high-net-worth individuals from the local area and wider GCC with world-class suppliers and distributors from across the maritime spectrum. With a rich history and a proven track record spanning two decades, the Dubai International Boat Show 2013 is the most anticipated event in the Middle Eastern maritime calendar. With emphasis on brand message - partnership, passion, progress - the Show is an unparalleled platform for U.S. exhibitors to showcase boats and products to the Middle East's marine investors and enthusiasts. Consistently attracting over 26,000 visitors each year, the multi–award winning dynamic Dubai International Boat Show is among the top five leading boat shows around the world. Hosting over 33 world premieres and regional launches, the Show provides leading international brands the opportunity to make the most of the PR and advertising coverage worth over US$7.6 million. The 21st edition of the show will see the incorporation of the luxury lifestyle element added on to boating and yachting experience. The exhibition is divided into six dedicated sections catering to targeted visitor profiles varying from superyacht buyers to diving professionals and marine enthusiasts. U.S. companies interested in the marine products and services, boat construction and repair, deck equipment, navigation and communication, mechanics and electrics, safety equipment, finance and insurance, travel and tourism, and adventure sports sectors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), throughout the Middle East, and Europe should consider exhibiting at the Dubai International Boat Show 2013. Stay up-to-date with all the exciting developments. Visit

Robert Bannerman, Dubai
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: +971-4-309-4963
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Russell Hood, Oak Overseas Ltd.

Phone: 704/837-1980, x302
Hemesh Chandavarkar, Dubai World Trade Centre

Phone: 971.4.3086204
Ashok Ghosh, Dubai
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +971 4 309 4935