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:

First IORA Ministerial Blue Economy Conference 2015- Mauritius (September 2-4, 2015)

The first IORA Ministerial Blue Economy Conference will recognize the importance of: The Fisheries and Aquaculture sector to ensure food security and contribute to poverty alleviation as well as sustainable livelihoods, Renewable Ocean Energy to reduce stress on fossil fuel stock and to mitigate and adapt to climate change-driven disturbances, Seaport and Shipping to promote trade and investment in the Indian Ocean Rim region to promote maritime connectivity, Seabed Exploration and Minerals to capture new business opportunities and attract investment in the Indian Ocean. For more information contact Economics/Commercial Officer at the U.S. Mission in Mauritius: Patrick Koucheravy at, Econ/Commercial Specialists Rahmat Caunhye at and Shariff Jathoonia at .

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

Barcelona International Boat Show, Salon Nautico- Barcelona, Spain (October 14-18, 2015)

Barcelona, one of the world’s most beautiful and popular boating destinations,

is the backdrop for the Barcelona International Boat Show. Last year, this five day

show attracted more than 53,000 visitors (73% general public vs. 27%

professional) and had more than 650 boats on display. The show attracted

an audience of loyal and quality visitors, and reported an upturn in sales–

all factors that point to an end to Spain’s difficult economic situation. To learn more about the show, visit

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,

7th Annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit- San Diego, California (November 9-10, 2015)

Save the date! More details coming soon. The Summit will discuss technologies for the Blue Economy 2030. There will be presentations from business and industry leaders. Visit for more information soon. Following the Summit, they will host a BlueTech Cluster Convening on Nov. 11 and currently expect 8-12 clusters from different countries.

World Congress Smart City Expo- Barcelona, Spain (November 17-19, 2015)

The Expo is the key smart cities event globally, with over 400 cities, 242 companies and 10,000 visitors. Customized services provided to US companies include: access to European Resource Guide on Smart Cities, matchmaking coordination, networking opportunities during cocktail reception, introductions to European cities, access to top-notch seminars and presentations.

Important industry and government leaders will be speaking in Keynote and Plenary Sessions on the following topics: Smart Societies, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility, and Sustainability. Barcelona’s Smart City Expo World Congress 2015 will continue to investigate the most innovative developments transforming our cities and enabling them to tackle these challenges. The event is an excellent meeting point for companies, public administrations, entrepreneurs and research centers to show, learn, share, network, and gather inspiration to support the development of the cities of the future. Visit (2014) or contact

METS- Marine Equipment Trade Show- Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 17-19, 2015)

During METS, more than 21,000 international marine industry professionals will convene in Amsterdam RAI. During 3 days filled with inspiration and innovation, METS provides the perfect platform to network, exchange ideas and do business. METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It provides everything there is to know about building and keeping a boat. For more information, visit or contact

Miami International Boat Show- Virginia Key, Florida (February 11-15, 2016)

With a new location just across the Bay from downtown Miami, Virginia Key is easy to get to by land or sea. For the fourth year, the Progressive© Insurance International Boat Show© has partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce to invite qualified business-to-business buyers from around the world to join us at recreational boating’s biggest marketplace in the U.S.A! For more information, visit

Oceanology International 2016- London, England (March 15-17, 2016)

The free to attend Oceanology International 2016 extensive technical program will include insights and case studies from industry, government and academic experts and provided excellent educational, learning and networking opportunities for all attendees. For more information, visit .

Detailed Event Information For Review of United State's Export Control Regimes and Canada's IRB Programs Detailed Event Information For Review of United State's Export Control Regimes and Canada's IRB Programs
Review of United State's Export Control Regimes and Canada's IRB Programs -- Defense Industry Eq., Port/Shipbuilding Eq.
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Ottawa, Canada 02/14/2013 - 02/14/2013
Event Summary:
The Government of Canada (GOC) is one of the largest purchasing entities in the world, with yearly military expenditures reaching an average of US$20 billion, mostly on air, land and marine equipment, and related support services. With the United States being the biggest supplier of the majority of military related products for the marine, aerospace and defense sectors, Canada represents a key export target market for U.S. manufacturers, as Canada continues aligning its military spending (upgrade and replacement of equipment) to reinforce surveillance and monitoring of Canada's northern regions, and to meet its UN, NORAD, and NATO obligations. Our webinar will begin with an update under the $35 billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, followed by a review of the United States and Canada's Export Control Regimes, the Canadian Government Procurement Process, and an overview of Canada's Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program. Experts from legal firm Heenan Blaikie LLP will provide a general overview of procurement processes when pursuing opportunities under Canada's Marine, Aerospace and Defense sectors. At the end of the presentation, U.S. suppliers will learn of a number of U.S. Commercial Service programs created to enhance your competitiveness and business presence in Canada. A Q&A session will be available at the end of the webinar.

Luz Betancur, Ottawa
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 613-688-5411
Blake Farquharson, Ottawa
Phone: 613-688-5174