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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Specific Upcoming Events include:

Free Webinar – Be A Part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil – January 13, 2015 at 2pm EST
Join this webinar to learn about the $20 billion investment being made in preparing for the 2016 Olympics and the tenders and RFP’s for recreational boating products, including competition boats, life jackets, jet skis, rowing and sailing, anchoring and more. Patrick Levy of the US Commercial Service in Sao Paulo will review the current Olympic Committee’s tenders for recreational boats and related products. During this webinar, Mr. Levy will review specific opportunities, provide an overview of the tender process and provide guidance as to how you can submit a proposal for these existing tenders. For more information, contact

Discover Global Markets Conference: Sustainable Solutions – Santa Clara, CA February 9-11, 2015
The U.S. Commercial Service, in cooperation with NASA, will host a dynamic, three-day business forum in Silicon Valley focused on opportunities for U.S. companies to meet global demand for sustainable solutions.  This dynamic conference will focus on the link between advanced research and innovation, global business and planetary sustainability.  Countries worldwide are implementing business practices and standards to conserve energy, preserve clean air and water, and use land more effectively. U.S. companies can participate in these changes by offering world-class technologies, services and products. Visit for more information.

Miami International Boat Show – Miami, FL – February 12-16, 2015
The Miami International Boat Show showcases powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics, and services. This large event provides attendees with opportunities to compare latest models, and features clinics, seminars, and hands-on boating opportunities. This is a U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer’s Program event, which will bring delegations of foreign buyers to the show for introductions and matchmaking. Contact Dan Bjerk at for additional details.

Cartagena International Boat Show – Cartagena, Colombia March 21-23, 2015
The Cartagena International Boat Show showcases local and international maritime exhibitors. Exhibits will feature boats displayed in water or on ground, and include boats, yachts, sailboats, and other recreational marine vehicles. CIBS will have a USA pavilion featuring 20 U.S. exhibitors, sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. The Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism recently prioritized development of Nautical Tourism in Colombia, to meet growing demand of the nautical tourism industry. This is an important time to engage in the market. For further information, please visit

Ocean Business – Southampton, UK April 15-16, 2015
The Ocean Business Conference is an international conference of the latest oceanic technology and fosters business relationships between marine technology suppliers and service providers. The conference includes hands-on educational programs, as well as a technical conference on offshore surveying, known as Offshore Survey. Ocean Business Conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to test different technologies in multiple environments – such as classrooms, testing facilities, docks, and the sea. At the conference, there will be over 300 exhibitors from 21 countries from the oceanographic, maritime defense, environmental monitoring, pollution control, ports, renewable energy, and maritime engineering sectors. For more information, please visit

China International Boat Show – Shanghai, China – April 9-12, 2015
The China International Boat Show or CIBS is the top Asian boat exhibition. CIBS showcases current trends in the boating industry through their industry seminars offered throughout the show. Exhibits vary across boating sectors and include boats, maritime products and services, lifestyle and luxury accessories, and leisure and sports. The U.S. Department of Commerce has given CIBS a trade show certificate. For additional information, please visit

Marine and Port Equipment & Infrastructure Trade Mission to Four of India’s Top Port Areas of Kochi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Goa – April/May 2015
This U.S. Department of Commerce executive-led trade mission provides the opportunity to visit and engage in three port cities across India. The Indian Shipping Ministry expects traffic at federal ports to grow from 561 million tons in 2010 to 1.2 billion tons by 2020, and traffic at state/ private ports from 289 million tons to 1.2 billion tons in that same decade. Plans are underway to develop new terminals, upgrade existing berths, and modernize operations to accommodate this growing traffic. Plans consist of underwater mapping, dredging, vessel tracking systems and more. Additionally, India’s National Institute of Oceanography seeks advanced technologies to support their efforts in ocean exploration, coastline protection, and oil spill recovery. Be a part of this exciting mission with scheduled one-on-one matchmaking appointments with pre-screened potential business partners and interact with U.S. and Indian Government representatives. For details, visit and for questions, contact or

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

Oceans 2015 – Washington, DC 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,

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