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!

Upcoming Events include:

Miami International Boat Show- Virginia Key, Florida (February 11-15, 2016)

With a new location just across the Bay from downtown Miami, Virginia Key is easy to get to by land or sea. For the fourth year, the Progressive© Insurance International Boat Show© has partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce to invite qualified business-to-business buyers from around the world to join us at recreational boating’s biggest marketplace in the U.S.A! For more information, visit

Oceanology International 2016- London, England (March 15-17, 2016)

The free to attend Oceanology International 2016 extensive technical program will include insights and case studies from industry, government and academic experts and provided excellent educational, learning and networking opportunities for all attendees. For more information, visit .

Hannover Messe 2016 Partner Country logo

Connect to global opportunities in the Marine Technology at HANNOVER MESSE – April 25-29, 2016

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker invites U.S. companies to join the U.S. delegation at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. USA Partner Country status makes the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology an even better opportunity for American businesses. Learn more

Detailed Event Information For METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event)
METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event) -- Apparel, Construction Eq., Computer Software, Electrical Power Systems, Pleasure Boats/Accessories, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Pumps/Valves/Compressors, Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: Amsterdam, Netherlands 11/19/2013 - 11/21/2013
Event Summary:
METS 2013, the world's largest exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry, will take place November 19-21, 2013 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Organized by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), METS 2013 is the place to exhibit for U.S. companies interested in accessing the European and global marine leisure industry market. Exhibiting at METS 2013 provides U.S. companies with an excellent opportunity to sell to a truly global market. Integrated in METS is The SuperYacht Pavilion, the central platform for the worldwide super yacht industry and a 'show within a show' at METS. The SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) is the only truly international business-to-business exhibition for companies providing products and services for the large luxury yacht industry, set within the environment of METS - the world's number one marine equipment trade show. Additional specialist pavilions are the Marina and Yard Pavilion (MYP), dedicated to the global network of marinas and associated boatyards, and the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) which is the comprehensive materials showcase and information resource. METS 2013 also offers a technical program consisting of: • Global SuperYacht Forum 2013; • HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction; • NMEA ConnectFest 2013 with its educational seminars; and • Technology Forum. METS 2013 trade visitors will include yacht builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators, and equipment manufacturers from around the world. Product categories at METS 2013 will include: propulsion, anchors, boat trailers accessories, communications systems, construction materials, deck fittings, electrical engines, interiors, yacht harbor equipment, clothing & apparel, engines, navigation equipment, pumps & accessories, software, steering mechanisms, technical accessories, safety & lifesaving equipment, painting & maintenance, and heating and masts. METS 2012 hosted more than 13,380 trade visitors from 104 countries -- 555 trade visitors from the United States, and 1,318 exhibitors from 42 countries – 148 exhibitors hailed from the United States. METS 2013, the 26th anniversary of this remarkable show, is expected to surpass these impressive statistics.

Alan Ras, The Hague
Head of Section
Phone: +31-70-3102418
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Jan Van der Molen, RAI Group

Phone: 704/243-0236
Philip Hammerstein, The Hague
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 0031 70 310 2416

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