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.

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Upcoming Events include:

China International Boat Show – Shanghai, China – April 9-12, 2015

The China International Boat Show or CIBS is the top Asian boat exhibition. CIBS showcases current trends in the boating industry through their industry seminars offered throughout the show. Exhibits vary across boating sectors and include boats, maritime products and services, lifestyle and luxury accessories, and leisure and sports. The U.S. Department of Commerce has given CIBS a trade show certificate. For additional information, please visit

Ocean Business – Southampton, UK April 15-16, 2015

The Ocean Business Conference is an international conference of the latest oceanic technology and fosters business relationships between marine technology suppliers and service providers. The conference includes hands-on educational programs, as well as a technical conference on offshore surveying, known as Offshore Survey. Ocean Business Conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to test different technologies in multiple environments – such as classrooms, testing facilities, docks, and the sea. At the conference, there will be over 300 exhibitors from 21 countries from the oceanographic, maritime defense, environmental monitoring, pollution control, ports, renewable energy, and maritime engineering sectors. For more information, please visit

Oceans Italy – Genova, May 18-21, 2015 A unique opportunity to showcase your latest research results, products and prototypes, and to establish relations and promote networking with fellow researchers in the oceanic engineering and marine technology field. The topic of this year’s conference is “Discovering Sustainable Ocean Energy for a New World”. For speakers and agenda, see

Nor-Shipping 2015 – Oslo, Norway June 2-5, 2015

Held biannually, Nor-Shipping is one of Europe’s leading maritime trade fairs and a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Trade Fair. It attracts top buyers including senior management, ship owners and operators, shipyard operators, port authority management, maritime organizations, maritime journalists and technical personnel in shipping, shipbuilding and management companies. USA Pavilion exhibitors will receive the support of U.S. Commercial Service in Norway, which will include B2B introductions and matchmaking services, market intelligence and a networking reception. Exhibition product categories cover virtually all technology and services for shipbuilding, ship repair and ship operation. For details, see

Oceans 2015 – Washington, DC October 19-22, 2015

The annual OCEANS North America conference and exhibition, jointly sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), rotates among locations with significant maritime communities. October 19-22, 2015, the event will once again be located in the Washington, DC area at the Gaylord Convention Center on National Harbor. It expects to attract over 3,000 attendees and will feature over 500 technical presentations and workshops. The exhibition will showcase the latest equipment, products and services in up to 200 commercial and informational exhibits. “Sea Change: Dive into Opportunity,” was selected as the conference theme to focus on the opportunities related to economic challenges and oceanic changes and the ability to mitigate and adapt to these changes with the application of the best research, technological developments and policy decisions. For more details visit:

Oceanology International - Shanghai, China November 3-5, 2015

Oceanology International China, held annually in Shanghai for the last 2 years has tapped into this significant and expanding marine science and ocean technology community. A USA Pavilion will be offered with value added services for U.S. exhibitors. For exhibition details, please visit and to participate, contact: Ray Filbert at Reed Exhibitions,

Detailed Event Information For DIMDEX 2014 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For DIMDEX 2014 (TFC Event)
DIMDEX 2014 (TFC Event) -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Defense Industry Eq., Electronic Components, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Pumps/Valves/Compressors, Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: Doha, Qatar 03/25/2014 - 03/27/2014
Event Summary:
Founded in 2008, DIMDEX is the only specialized maritime defense exhibition in the Middle East bringing together companies representing the very latest technologies to meet the maritime security challenges of the 21st century and key decision-makers for those products. DIMDEX 2014 will be held March 25-27, 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. A biennial event, DIMDEX 2014 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and is supported by the Qatar Armed Forces and hosted by the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces along with a strong commitment from neighboring countries' naval defense forces. Concurrent with the Exhibition will be a series of Conferences and presentation programs: • Middle East Commanders Conference: High-level plenary sessions focused on operational strategy and developing future naval forces; • Capability Theater Sessions: Addressing key areas including littoral protection, C4ISR, naval aviation, and unmanned systems; • Naval Support Sessions: Addressing training and simulation, logistics and support, through-life capability and naval MRO. DIMDEX 2014 is expected to see significant growth with more than 200 exhibitors compared to 160 exhibitors at DIMDEX 2012 and an increase in delegations and trade visitors over that seen in 2012 -- 79 military delegations from 54 countries and over 9000 trade visitors. The U.S. Pavilion at DIMDEX 2014 will be organized by Clarion Defense with the full support of the Navy League of the United States and the U.S. Commercial Service. U.S. Commercial Service staff will be at DIMDEX 2014 to assist U.S. exhibitors. Participating in the U.S. Pavilion at DIMDEX 2014 will provide an excellent opportunity for U.S. companies to take advantage of current and future procurements for all naval defense requirements and protection of critical off shore infrastructure throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. U.S. companies will be able to access a wide spectrum of current and prospective customers with DIMDEX 2014's new exhibitor categories which include Unmanned Systems, Naval and Maritime Aviation, Training and Simulation, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. DIMDEX 2014 will feature surface, undersea and costal patrol aircraft and equipment, including the following: • Airborne Systems • Anti-Piracy Technologies • C4ISR • Coastal defense systems • Command & Control Systems • Communication Systems • Consultancy & Design • Diving & Underwater Operations and Vehicles • Logistics Management & Support Systems • MRO • Maritime Domain Awareness Technology • Maritime Patrol Aircraft • Naval Aviation • Navigation Systems • Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Equipment (NBC) • Offshore Patrol Vessels • Port Security Technologies • Propulsion, Transmission & Engine Room Systems & Equipment • Research & Development • SAR and Safety Equipment • Shipbuilders (surface combatants, submarine, service & auxiliary vessels) • Sonar & Radar Systems • Strike & Assault Craft • Technical Support • Unmanned Systems • Weapons & Combat Systems

Robert Dunn, Doha
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 974-4496-6739
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Doug Schlam, Clarion Events

Phone: 203/840-8014

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