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!


  • U.S. National Ocean Policy Announced

On June 19th, 2018, President Trump singed an order introducing a new National Ocean Policy, stressing economic benefits from ocean industries, and highlighting national security concerns.The new order states "ocean industries employ millions of Americans and support a strong national economy. (WorkBoat, June 2018)

For more information, visit: Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States.

  • Addressing Global Plastic Waste

As part of its series, Planet or Plastic?, National Geographic explored the misleading promise of biodegradables, emphasizing the time and conditions required for biodegradable plastics to decompose and the challenges of that process. Although several research initiatives, plastic recycling programs, and local efforts have served to increase the responsible disposal of plastics, changing consumer habits must remain an overarching goal. A more cyclical approach to consumerism, with an emphasis on reusable products and a shift away from plastic consumption, is encouraged. (National Geographic, June 2018)

For more information, visit: You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

  • Interview with TMA's Michael Jones

Marine Technology Reporter Magazine interviewed Michael Jones, President of The Maritime Alliance and the architect of Blue Tech Week in San Diego. In this interview Jones reveals some of the new features of the 2018 conference and discusses how Southern California has evolved over the past ten years into a marine technology hub. 

For more information, visit: Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

Upcoming Marine Tech Related Events

  • Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA (Oct. 31 - Nov. 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, 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. 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 (Nov. 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: https://

  • U.S. Commercial Service Global Chat Series (Nov. 8, 2018 from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

 U.S. participants at BlueTech Week are invited to register for “Global Chat” sessions – individual export counseling meetings with a group of U.S. Commercial Service industry specialists from Norway and Portugal.  These complimentary consultations allow you to present your product or service and business strategy, and receive country-specific marketing feedback.

Find further details and sign-up information here.  To sign up onsite, please visit the U.S. Commercial Service's booth at the BlueTech Expo on November 7-8. 

  • METSTRADE - Amsterdam, Netherlands (Nov. 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:

  • Free Webinar:  Make a Big Splash in the Americas – Marine Tech Opportunities in Latin America (November 14, 2018 at 2 pm EST) 

Learn about marine technology opportunities in Chile, Argentina and Brazil as well as the upcoming Oceanology Americas 2019 exhibition and conference February 25-27, 2019. 

For more information and registration, click here.

  • International Workboat Show - New Orleans, LA (Nov. 28 - 30, 2018)

Produced by the same team as WorkBoat Magazine and, The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them.

For more information, visit:

  • ArcticNet - Ottawa, Canada (Dec. 10 - 14, 2018)

The ArcticNet Network of Centers of Excellence announces the 14th annual ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held at the Shaw Center in Ottawa, Canada from December 10-14, 2018. Arctic researchers, Inuit, First Nations, Metis, and Norther Community representatives, government and non-government organizations, students and industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend. 

For more information, visit:

  • Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety Conference, or MASS18 (Nov. 15 - 16, 2018)

Hosted by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defense Association, ACADA, The aim of the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supported international conference is to promote stakeholder collaboration, technological innovation, harsh environment research and development, and world-class education efforts that are contributing to various components of northern development.  The two day conference will draw a diverse group of speakers and attendees representing government, military, Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard, industry, academic leaders, Northern Leaders, research and other key stakeholders.

For more information, visit:

  • 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.

 For more information, visit:

  • 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.

For more information, visit:

  • 19th Annual Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition UMass Lowell, MA USA (Apr. 10- 11, 2019)

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.

 For more information, visit:

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.

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

Detailed Event Information For Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) 2018 Detailed Event Information For Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) 2018
Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) 2018 -- Commercial Vessel/Eq. (Non-Fisheries), Electronic Components, Pleasure Boats/Accessories, Pumps/Valves/Compressors, Robotics
Location/Date: Miami, FL, United States 02/15/2018 - 02/19/2018
Event Summary:
MIBS is one of the largest boat shows in the world. From the latest in powerboats, sailboats, sailing gear and engines to cutting-edge marine electronics, equipment, and accessories, this 5-day event is your delegates' once-a-year chance to view all that the U.S. has to offer and meet with industry leaders all in one place. This year, the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail will be held at the new location at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key and will feature more than 2,000 boats and 3,000 exhibitors from all over the globe.

Benedicta Ngozi Nkwoh, Lagos
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (234) 1 460 3520
Julia Balzano, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)

Phone: 305-965-3385

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