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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**NEW!! - For detailed country by country analysis of Pleasure Boat markets in over 32 countries, please see the 2018 Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide.

The Global Marine Technology team is pleased to bring you a new Pleasure Boat Resource Guide filled with valuable information about key international market opportunities to support your exporting goals and help you succeed in markets around the world. The guide includes 32 market briefs of the major global markets for recreational marine craft, parts, and accessories. Major global markets include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, and Mexico

Click the cover below to download a copy!

Upcoming Marine Tech Related Events:

Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition – Athens, Greece (June 4-8, 2018)

Posidonia has become the largest trade show in Greece and has established itself as a major event for the shipping industry. The show occurs every two years. The 2016 show had more than 33,000 attendees as well as 1,825 exhibiting companies from 90 countries. Posidonia links the international shipping community with Greek ship-owners who own a fleet of more than 4,000 vessels globally. For more information, visit:

Capitol Hill Ocean Week & Ocean Technology Exhibition – Washington, D.C., USA (June 4, 2018) Join IOSTIA and Sea Technology Magazine to promote ocean "blue" technology and innovation. The year's premier bluetech event on Capitol Hill will be held June 4th, 2018 in conjunction with the annual Capitol Hill Ocean Week. The BlueTech Expo will feature an exhibition of ocean innovators demonstrating and discussing their products, services and customer success stories with key decision-makers, members of Congress and their staff. The exhibition will be followed by an innovative B2G networking event. This year’s conference takes place over two days and includes high-level plenaries from ocean visionaries and breakout sessions for deeper discussions. Conversations will focus on our changing ocean, restoration of our ocean and Great Lakes, and working together for sustainable waters. For more information, visit:

SMM Hamburg – Hamburg, Germany (September 4 - 7, 2018)

More than just a trade fair: SMM offers you a diverse programme in the form of workshops, symposiums and seminars. Look forward to listening to some of the biggest names in the maritime industry. Get to know the leading forces in the maritime business – personally – and exchange ideas and experience in a unique environment. Discover for yourself why visitors from all over the world come specially to Hamburg for this event. For more information, visit:

DEFSEC Atlantic 2018 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (October 2 – 4, 2018)

A major networking opportunity for the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries – the second largest of its kind in Canada. Focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian opportunities, the show’s worldwide reach creates partnership potential for all attendees. It provides access to “the right people” in an engaging and professional setting. All attendees have opportunities, through the B2B/B2G program, social events and expert panel discussions, to interact with all levels of defence, industry and government participants. For more information, visit:

Oceans 2018 – Charlestown, SC, USA (October 25-28, 2018)

OCEANS is the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. These industry thought leaders gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends. Global thought leaders & innovators gather to learn from industry experts regarding the latest research, innovations, & technologies, discuss current environmental issues and politics, and collaborate to move the fields of marine technology & engineering forward. For more information, visit:

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA (October 31 – November 4, 2018) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the "Yachting Capital of the World" will host the 59th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31- Nov 4, 2018. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including runabouts, sport fishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. The 2017 boating spectacle, which ran Nov. 1-5 across seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, attracted 105,000 visitors. For more information, visit:

Blue Tech Week – San Diego, CA, USA (November 5 - 9, 2018)

The 10th annual BlueTech Week will include 7 events over 5 days and networking opportunities for professionals and stakeholders from academia, industry and government focused on promoting collaboration and innovation in the Blue Economy. Each event is sold separately and requires individual registration. TMA member rates apply and discounts available for education, government, military and non-profit partners. For more information, visit:

METSTRADE - Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 13-15, 2018)

METSTRADE is the world’s largest and most visited B2B leisure marine equipment show, which has been bringing the marine industry together for decades. This global business platform and community focuses on innovation, market developments, and on-site networking. METSTRADE will feature specialized pavilions for superyachts, marinas& yards, and construction & materials. For more information, visit:

ArcticNet – Ottawa, Canada (December 10-14, 2018)

The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence announces the 14th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada from December 10-14, 2018. Arctic researchers, Inuit, First Nations, Métis and Northern Community representatives, government and non-government organizations, students, and industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit:


  • Marine Technology Society (MTS):

MTS is an organization that aims to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Its mission is to facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues, and to promote related educational programs.

  • National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA):

NMMA is dedicated to advocating for and promoting the strength of marine manufacturing, the sales and service networks of its members, and the boating lifestyle. It represents the industry on public policy issues, assists the industry in improving customer satisfaction, and produces the trade event IBEX, among others.

  • The Maritime Alliance (TMA):

The mission of TMA is "Promoting Blue Tech & Blue Jobs". The non-profit is a cluster organizer for the San Diego maritime technology community and fosters maritime business and technology innovation through collaboration around the U.S. and the world.

  • American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA):

The mission of American Association of Port Authorities is to educate stakeholders, provide services, and advocate policies that strengthen the ability of member seaports to serve their global customers and create economic and social value for their communities.

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