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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 POSIDONIA 2018 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For POSIDONIA 2018 (TFC Event)
POSIDONIA 2018 (TFC Event) -- Port/Shipbuilding Eq.
Location/Date: Athens, Greece 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018
Event Summary:
ENHANCE YOUR SALES TO THE GLOBAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY, exhibit in the US PAVILION at POSIDONIA 2018, June 4-8, 2018, Athens, Greece. Every two years, POSIDONIA gathers an international audience, including visitors, exhibitors and journalists. Edition after edition, the exhibition organizer does its best so that all 5 continents are represented and strives for larger number of exhibitors and procurement officials. WHY EXHIBIT? • POSIDONIA provides direct access to Greek shipping • POSIDONIA hosts a comprehensive CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS program ( • Greek owners are drivers of the world shipping industry. The Greek-controlled fleet happens to be the largest commercial fleet in the world. • Greeks continue as leaders in the sale and purchase of market ships and major customers of finance and insurance providers. • POSIDONIA exhibitors are positioned at the heart of this multi-billion market, face to face with buyers ready to do business. • At POSIDONIA 2016, the Greek newbuilding orderbook stood at about $22bn, accounting for almost 10% OF THE TOTAL SHIPS on order worldwide by vessel numbers. In the first three quarters of 2016, Greek interests had invested a confirmed $2.4BN ON 200 SECONDHAND SHIPS. • Greek owners are among the biggest investors in new equipment, with BWM retrofits, for example running up to $5M FOR A VLCC. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR U.S. EXHIBITORS STATE TRADE EXPANSION PROGRAM The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) ( for U.S. small businesses that meet SBA size standards to help them sell their products and services abroad. • Learn how to export • Participate in foreign trade missions & trade shows • Obtain services to support foreign market entry • Develop websites to attract foreign buyers • Design international marketing materials Overseas exhibitions receiving TRADE FAIR CERTIFICATION (TFC) from the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE serve as vital access venues for U.S. firms to enter and expand foreign markets. A TFC event ensures a HIGH-QUALITY, MULTI-FACETED opportunity for American companies to successfully market overseas.

George Bonanos, Athens
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 30-210-720-2331
Michael Thompson, Trade Event Programs
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0671
Jessica Dulkadir, Trade Event Programs
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-2026
Brett Keil, Senior Vice President, The Maritime Executive

Phone: 561-797-0668

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