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 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!


Archived Webinar:

Learn about opportunities to connect with the industry across Latin America by listening to our recorded webinar “Make a Big Splash in the Americas” in anticipation of Oceanology International Americas this February in San Diego! 

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  • Tim Gallaudet Gives  Keynote Address at 2018 Blue Tech Week

Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, delivered the Keynote
Speech at the 2018 Blue Tech Week in San Diego. In this address, Gallaudet delivered a comprehensive look inside his agencies priorities for the coming year and declared the first half of the 21st century as the "Ocean Age". 

For more information, visit: It is the 'Ocean Age', Gallaudet Declares

  • Federal Register Notice Seeking Public Comment 

The Bureau of Industry and Security has released an advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on controls for emerging technologies. To help inform this process, this ANPRM proposes several general areas for public comment. Given the challenges involved in identifying emerging and foundational technologies, this ANPRM will help Commerce and other agencies propose specific emerging technologies for control. The deadline to submit comments is now January 10, 2019. 

For more information, visit: Review of Controls for Certain Emerging Technologies

Upcoming Marine Tech Related Events

  • Miami International Boat Show - Miami, FL, USA (Feb. 14 - 18, 2018)

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). It attracts an estimated 100,000 boating enthusiasts from 35 countries to its home each year at Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. Entering its 78th year, the show features $3 billion in new boats and marine accessories from more than 1,100 exhibitors. It generates $854 million of economic activity and supports full-time employment for approximately 6,000 Floridians.

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  • Oceanology International Americas - San Diego, CA, USA (Feb. 25 - 27, 2019)

Oceanology International Americas is a world-class exhibition and conference to help organizations reach buyers from key market regions and sectors across North & South America and the Caribbean helping them improve their strategies for measuring, developing, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. With a target of 1000 more visitors and 40 more exhibitors compared to 2017, Oceanology International Americas is one event not to be missed.

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  •  Department of the Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition: Lowell, MA, USA (April 10 - 11, 2019)

This annual event will be held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The Forum, unique throughout the Federal government as the innovation marketplace, matches Department of the Navy (DON) needs with affordable and innovative small business technology solutions. Commercial and naval acquisition customers send more than a thousand people annually to The Forum to discover and leverage innovative solutions, and listen to Congressional and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders discuss key policy issues. 

Click here for the event flyer

  • USA Fair 2019: Lagos, Nigeria (May 21- 23, 2019)

CS Nigeria will be hosting its first ever USA Trade Fair Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to be held in Lagos, Nigeria. Even will be multi-sectoral and open to U.S. companies. USA Fair 2019 presents American manufactures, suppliers and service providers with product and company showcase opportunities in the Nigerian market. 

Click here to view the event flyer.

Trade Leads

  • Chile

The Chilean Under Secretariat for Telecommunications (SUBTEL) is developing a project to build 20,000-24,000 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable to connect Chile with Asia.  This ambitious infrastructure project would cost an estimated US$550-650 million. SUBTEL has voiced an interest in attracting global bidders, including from the United States. Last year, SUBTEL carried out a pre-feasibility study with the Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei, which identified three potential routes for the so-called Trans-Pacific Cable. SUBTEL is analyzing the routes and communicating with the lower Pacific Basin country governments in an effort to aggregate demand and potentially share costs. SUBTEL indicated that French Polynesia has already expressed interest in this Trans-Pacific Cable project. Chile is in the midst of one $100 million fiber optic project – Fibra Optica Austral (FOA) – an almost 4,000-kilometer submarine and terrestrial fiber optic cable that will deliver connectivity to extreme Southern Chile / Patagonia. The Chilean telecom company CTR, in partnership with Huawei Marine, won the FOA bid and they will receive approximately $86 million in subsidies. FOA marks the first project in a new public-private partnership model to finance telecom infrastructure in Chile over the next five years. Interested U.S. manufacturers and/or suppliers of submarine fiber optic cables should immediately contact Isabel Valensuela, Commercial Specialist, CS Chile, (Originally distributed June 2018).

  • Tunisia

The government of Tunisia has recently announced three private partnership projects that may be of interest to U.S. businesses. 1. The Port of Enfidah Project will upgrade Tunisia's Enfidah port into a global hub similar to the capacity of Singapore or Long Beach. Tunisia believes an American partner in this capacity would be very positive. 2. The Bizerte Bulk Terminal Project, estimated cost 300 million Tunisia Dinar (TND), is aimed at constructing a bulk terminal in Bizerte, intended for unloading, storage and handling of Pet Coke for use primarily in the cement industry, but also in other industries having reconverted to Pet Coke. 3. The Bizerte Ro-Pax Terminal Project (TND 80 million) is intended to create a Ro-Pax terminal at the southern bank of the port of Bizerte.

Interested parties can contact, or Aysa Miller ( and Sami Aouadhi (


  • 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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