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 25 countries, please see the 2014 Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide. Click the cover below to download a copy!

Upcoming Webinars

Korea’s Emerging Recreational Boating Industry and Opportunities for US Manufacturers

Join us for a Webinar on April 2

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Space is limited.
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The recreational boating market in Korea is steadily growing with boat registration increasing by an average of 16% annually. The country’s extensive natural coastline is ideal for boating with twenty marinas now open and operational and 12 more under construction. Fishing and scuba diving are increasing in popularity too.

In just six years, the Korea International Boat Show has grown to become one of the 3 leading boat shows in Asia and an ideal platform for U.S. companies looking to sell to this growing market.

Additionally, the U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement provides new opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell American manufactured goods and services as import duties on boats and related products are phased out. These low barriers to market entry, coupled with “Made In America” quality and prestige, make U.S. imports highly competitive in the Korean market.   

Join us for this informative webinar to learn more about Korea’s emerging recreational boating industry, the Free Trade Agreement and opportunities to exhibit, with the support of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the US Department of Commerce, in the Korea International Boat Show in June. Contact Julie Balzano

Upcoming Trade Events

Offshore Technology Conference 2014 - Houston, TX, May 5-8, 2014

The Offshore Technology Conference 2014 (OTC14), supported by the International Buyer Program (IBP), is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The U.S. Commercial Service is currently recruiting delegations from over 25 countries and will organize various programs at OTC14 to assist U.S. companies export their products and services to these markets. Countries currently recruiting delegations include Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. U.S. Commercial Services at OTC include Showtime Export Counseling meetings, B2B matchmaking and Country briefings/Procurement Seminars. For details and registration please visit:

Korea International Boat Show 2014- June 12–15, 2014 in Seoul, Korea

In just six years, the Korea International Boat Show (KIBS) has become one of the three leading boat shows in Asia.  Recreational boating in Korea is growing steadily; boat registrations increase at an average of 16% annually, and units have increased to 10,000 vessels during the past six years.  Currently, the greatest demand is for the outboard power boat category, including sport fishing boats less than 10m.  There is a growing interest in larger “cruiser” motorboats as the rapid expansion of coastal berthing in new marinas created a cruising corridor from the center of Seoul down to the west coast.

Since the U.S. Congress ratified the U.S.—Korea Free Trade Agreement, opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell American manufactured goods and services are increasing exponentially. In 2013, Korea is the United States’ sixth-largest largest trading partner while the U.S. is Korea’s third-largest.  Under the FTA, nearly 95% of consumer and industrial products will become duty free within the next three years.  With a U.S. Pavilion managed by CS Strategic Partner NMMA (The National Marine Manufacturers Association), this is an event not to be missed.  The U.S. Commerce Department can help you get the most out of your time in Korea through introductions to potential distributors and end-users, site visits and counseling on how to penetrate the Korean Pleasure Craft Sector.  For details and registration please contact Julie Balzano at (Tel: 954.441.3234) or Bill Lawton at  Visit for more information on the show.

DefSec Atlantic 2014 – Nova Scotia, Canada, September 3-5, 2014

Realize your business export potential in Canada. The U.S. Commercial Service Canada has partnered with organizers from the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic to introduce your business to marine opportunities under the Department of National Defence’s C35 billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Receive special benefits and individualized counseling with U.S. Department of Commerce support. Contact Jessica Gordon for more information:

SMM Hamburg 2014 – Hamburg, Germany, September 9-12, 2014

SMM in Hamburg is the international platform and the leading forum for the maritime industry. This is where the world’s leading companies present their innovations, trends and forward looking technologies and set the course for future success of the industry. Fly the flag for your company by exhibiting at this fair – present your company, its products and services. Take this unique opportunity to present your new products and services to the trade visitors and experts from all parts of the world. For more information visit or contact Claus Faltin at

OCEANS 2014 - Newfoundland, Canada September 14-19, 2014

To be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada September 14-19, 2014 will bring MTS members to one of the world’s most dynamic marine technology markets. The U.S. Commerce Department can help you get the most out of your time in Canada through introductions to potential distributors and end-users in the underwater marine technology, oil and gas, and fisheries sectors. For details contact: Maryanne Burke at in Boston or Luz Betancourt at in Ottawa.

India Port and Marine Technology Trade Mission - November 9-15, 2014

This official U.S. Department of Commerce will visit the cities of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kochi to introduce U.S. firms and U.S. trade associations to India’s rapidly expanding ports and marine technology market and to assist U.S. companies to pursue export opportunities in this sector. The mission to India is intended to include representatives from leading U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide state-of-the-art ports and marine technologies, including equipment and services for security, logistics, vessel tracking, oil spill detection and contingency preparedness, dredging, underwater exploration and mapping, among other goods and services. During the trade mission delegates will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key port officials and prospective partners. As an optional add-on stop, interested participants can also visit the National Institute of Oceanology (NIO) in the State of Goa. For more details contact Julia Rauner at or 858-467-7038.

Detailed Event Information For International Workboat Show (IWS 2013) Detailed Event Information For International Workboat Show (IWS 2013)
International Workboat Show (IWS 2013) -- Commercial Fishing Eq., Commercial Vessel/Eq. (Non-Fisheries), Electronic Components, Operations/Maintenance Services, Pleasure Boats/Accessories, Port/Shipbuilding Eq.
Location/Date: New Orleans, Louisiana, LA, United States 10/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Event Summary:
The International WorkBoat Show is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America serving people and businesses working on the coastal, inland and offshore waters. This trade show showcases the leading commercial marine manufacturers, boatbuilders, distributors and service providers as well as the latest technologies and thousands of products for offshore supply vessels, tugs, barges, boat building, marine construction, passenger vessels, commercial fishing vessels and more.

Rebecca Armand, Clearwater
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 727-453-7108
Delilah DeSouza, New Orleans
International Trade Specialist
Phone: Direct 504-915-3301 Main #504-589-6546
Benedicta Ngozi Nkwoh, Lagos
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 234-1- 460 3400,ext 3520,4704694
Janelle Weyek, Lagos
Commercial Officer
Phone: +234-1-460-3618