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 2014 Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide. Click the cover below to download a copy!

Upcoming Trade Events

Archived Webinar: Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market

Click HERE to download the recorded webinar presentation.  Please allow for 30 seconds to download the recording.

Whether you are ramping up efforts again or looking to re-engage after the recession, learn about the current improving conditions of the Spanish boating market. 

Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the growing opportunities in Spain as well as the NMMA’s efforts to lead the first USA Pavilion to the Salon Nautico de Barcelona in October, in conjunction with our strategic partners at the US Department of Commerce in Madrid and in association with the Marine Industry Association of South Florida.

Jose Fayos, Export Manager for ANEN (Spanish Marine Trade Association), will discuss the current market situation in Spain as well as identify the most promising areas for growth. Recent legislative changes have eased the tax burdens imposed on boat ownership for vessels larger than 8 meters, opening up a new segment of the market for domestic and international boat builders. He will highlight the positive changes impacting Spain’s boating industry and discuss why companies in the medium size boat market, the superyacht refit sector and marina development should be focusing on Spain. 

Julie Balzano, Export Development Director for NMMA, will follow with a brief overview of the plans in place for the 1st USA Pavilion at the Barcelona Boat Show – including details for a planned interactive marina hop tour, to several area marinas as part of the trip experience and our pavilion cocktail reception, sponsored by the MIASF.   

Free Webinar: Ports and Marine Technology Mission to India
Date: September 10, 2014, Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Free with advance registration (for password access) at: Ports and Marine Technology Webinar – Trade Mission to India

India’s rapid port infrastructure growth and marine technology developments open tremendous opportunities for U.S. companies.  During this September 10th  webinar, you will hear first-hand from U.S Embassy Commercial Officer, Ernst and Young on Indian ports,  a private port representative about  the latest port expansion and upgrade trends, and the National Institute of Ocean Technology Director.  Join  this webinar to hear about specific market opportunities for U.S. companies focused in the fastest growth southern coast regions of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kochi. These destinations will be featured on an upcoming U.S. Department of Commerce Executive-Led Port and Marine Technology Trade Mission to India February 2-6, 2015 that will be outlined during this webinar. India’s extensive coast is home to more than 200 ports, with most equipment obsolete and projected cargo growth rates tripling by 2020. Sales opportunities are coming from government tenders as well as private ports and terminal operators with upgrades and new projects. Leading equipment and services opportunities for U.S. exports to India’s port and marine sectors concentrate in the areas of security, logistics, vessel tracking, oil spill detection and contingency preparedness, dredging, underwater exploration and mapping, among other goods and services.

For details on Trade Mission visit:

For further inquiries please contact:  Hector Rodriguez at and Tel: 202-482-0629 or Jessica Gordon at and Tel: (601) 373-0784.

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.

Barcelona Boat Show – Barcelona, Spain, October 15–19, 2014

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the NMMA to exhibit in the USA Pavilion at the Barcelona Boat Show.  The option to exhibit is open to NMMA members and non-members.  Barcelona is one of the world’s most beautiful and popular boating destinations. Last year, this five-day show drew more than 52,000 visitors (66% general public vs. 33% professional) making it an ideal opportunity for both B2B and consumer connections. Spain’s 7,000 km coastline and warm temperate climate, ample marina and mooring facilities and a vibrant tourist trade make Spain a desirable boating market.  U.S. exports of boats and marine engines to Spain in 2013 increased more than 50% from the year prior, and are showing stronger signs of recovery than U.S. exports to other European markets.  Exhibition packages include exhibition space, furniture, increased exposure through pre-show promotional campaigns and a “Buy USA” seminar during the show, plus comprehensive support from the NMMA’s Export Development Director and U.S. Department of Commerce staff.  For more information, visit: or contact Angela Turrin at

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 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