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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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Read about recent U.S. marine technology company international sales successes.

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 2016 Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide. Click the cover below to download a copy!


Apply Now for U.S. Maritime Export Initiative – (Deadline: October 20, 2017) o The Maritime Alliance (TMA) has been organizing with ITA this initiative to increase exports from small to medium sized maritime technology companies across the U.S. and marine tech companies may apply to participate in either of the following export-generating opportunities:

  • Oceanology International, London, Excel Centre (March 13-15, 2018)
  • U.S. BlueTech Trade Mission, stops across Southern Europe (March 16-23, 2018)

For more information, contact Victoria Yue at and visit

Upcoming Marine Tech Related Events:

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show–Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 1-7, 2017)

Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Yachting Capital of the World" and will be hosting the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. Many different kinds of boats will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, 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. For more information, visit:

9th Annual BlueTech Week– San Diego, CA (November 6-10, 2017)

BlueTech Week 2017's theme is “Smart Ocean, Smart Water”. The Maritime Alliance will host 7 events over 5 days with a focus on the importance of both ocean and water technologies. TMA price is available for academia, clusters, government, military, NGOs, and corporate attendees under contractual relationships. Sponsorships for clusters and corporations are available. For more information, visit:

Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) – Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 14-16, 2017)

The METSTRADE Show is the premier event for bringing together professionals from the worldwide leisure marine equipment industry in Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. During the three days, the METSTRADE Show provides unrivalled networking opportunities and showcases an extraordinary range of innovations relevant to the whole sector. This largest and most complete marine equipment trade show in the world is an unmissable event for every professional in the leisure marine industry. For more information, visit: information/

International WorkBoat Show - New Orleans, Louisiana (November 29-December 1, 2017)

Attend the International WorkBoat Show at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The WorkBoat Show is a great opportunity to work face to face with your suppliers, learn about new products and discover the latest innovations across the industry from the people bringing them to life. For more information, visit:

Miami International Boat Show – Miami, Florida (February 15-19, 2018)

See what's new at the Greatest Boat Show in the World! Florida's largest annual event spans three locations - the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail at Miamarina at Bayside - and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe. more information, visit:

Oceanology International – London, England (March 13-15, 2018)

Oceanology International 2018 is the world’s leading forum where industry, academia, and government share knowledge and connect with the marine science and ocean technology communities. Oceanology International’s world-class exhibition and conference help organizations reach buyers from key market regions and sectors worldwide and helps them improve their strategies for measuring, developing, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. For more information, visit:

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:

CS Strategic Partners and Useful Resources:

  • 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.

If you want more information about ITA’s Marine Technology Team, please visit our site:

Detailed Event Information For Brazil Offshore 2013 Detailed Event Information For Brazil Offshore 2013
Brazil Offshore 2013 -- Environmental Technologies, Oil/Gas Field Machinery, Oil/Gas/Mineral Prod/Explor Serv., Pollution Control Eq., Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Water Resources Eq./Services
Location/Date: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 06/11/2013 - 06/14/2013
Event Summary:
This event is a global forum in Brazil that showcases the latest developments in the offshore oil & gas exploration, refining and energy logistics sectors and is the leading energy exhibition in South America. The show attracts more than 630 exhibitors and 50,000 trade visitors from 40 countries. It presents a significant sales potential to U.S. Energy companies. Brazil Offshore 2013 is South America's largest energy exploration, refining and energy logistics exhibition and offers the best market entry point for a U.S. exporter. In 2007, Brazil discovered new large oil and gas deposits that could turn Brazil into a net energy exporter. In August 2009, the Brazilian government announced a new exploration and drilling regulatory environment change from a concession model to a production sharing agreement to best exploit the new found reserves. Industry investment is estimated to be at $174 billion through 2013 to increase production capacity to 3.6 million barrels per day. The U.S. Export-Import Bank issued a $2 billion preliminary commitment to facilitate U.S. oil and gas field equipment and services. Petrobras is considering at a minimum, a $300 million medium-term financing facility from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and is exploring possible contracts that could be applied to its long-term program with the bank. U.S. exporters wanting additional information regarding opportunities with the support of the Export-Import Bank should visit: . Longer-term equipment and services procurement and operational expense needs from all energy companies in Brazil (Petrobras and others) could exceed one trillion dollars through 2020 as all the newly discovered fields are explored

Alan Long, Monterrey
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: 011-52-81-8047-3223
Kevin Haley, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-6434
Sergio Teixeira, Rio De Janeiro
Trade Event Manager/Coordinator
Phone: 55 21 3823-2419
Regina Cunha, Rio De Janeiro
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: 55-21-3823-2416
Mary Ellen Guerrlich, Reed Exhibitions, Inc.

Phone: 203-840-5342

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