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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**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!

Specific Upcoming Events include:

Nigerian Maritime Delegates visit International Workboat Show - New Orleans, December 4, 2014

A distinguished Nigerian delegation of maritime and safety representatives and government officials from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are attending the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, December 3-5.

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, and one of the largest countries - with around 500 miles of coastline. Nigeria's maritime sector attracts a huge commercial port business, making up 68% of total maritime trade in West Africa.

NIMASA's breakfast briefing will feature Mr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi, the Director General & CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. Featured topics include upcoming deep sea ports and Free-Trade Zones, tremendous investments in Human Capital Development, re-positioning of the entire Maritime sector by NIMASA, increasing demand for Cargo, Nigeria's strategic location in Africa, and more. 

To RSVP for this breakfast briefing, and for further details regarding one-on-one meetings with members of the Nigerian delegation, please contact, or 504.589.6546.

Free Webinar – Be A Part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil – January 13, 2015 at 2pm EST
Join this webinar to learn about the $20 billion investment being made in preparing for the 2016 Olympics and the tenders and RFP’s for recreational boating products, including competition boats, life jackets, jet skis, rowing and sailing, anchoring and more. Patrick Levy of the US Commercial Service in Sao Paulo will review the current Olympic Committee’s tenders for recreational boats and related products. During this webinar, Mr. Levy will review specific opportunities, provide an overview of the tender process and provide guidance as to how you can submit a proposal for these existing tenders. For more information, contact

India Ports and Marine Technology Trade Mission to Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad - February 2-6, 2015

This U.S. Department of Commerce executive-led trade mission provides the opportunity to visit and engage in three port cities across India. The Indian Shipping Ministry expects traffic at federal ports to grow from 561 million tons in 2010 to 1.2 billion tons by 2020, and traffic at state/ private ports from 289 million tons to 1.2 billion tons in that same decade. Plans are underway to develop new terminals, upgrade existing berths, and modernize operations to accommodate this growing traffic. Plans consist of underwater mapping, dredging, vessel tracking systems and more. Additionally, India’s National Institute of Oceanography seeks advanced technologies to support their efforts in ocean exploration, coastline protection, and oil spill recovery. Be a part of this exciting mission with scheduled one-on-one matchmaking appointments with pre-screened potential business partners and interact with U.S. and Indian Government representatives. For details, visit and for questions, contact or

Miami International Boat Show – Miami, FL – February 12-16, 2015

The Miami International Boat Show showcases powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics, and services. This large event provides attendees with opportunities to compare latest models, and features clinics, seminars, and hands-on boating opportunities. This is a U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer’s Program event, which will bring delegations of foreign buyers to the show for introductions and matchmaking. Contact Dan Bjerk at for additional details.

IDEX 2015 – International Defense Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi – February 22-26, 2015 (and NAVDEX)

IDEX is the only defense conference of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, showcasing the latest air, land, and sea defense technologies. IDEX is a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Trade Fair. IDEX provides opportunities to meet with government officials, businesses, and armed forces in the MENA region. With multiple exhibition halls, live demonstrations, and the Future Defense Summit, IDEX is an opportunity to develop new business relationships, engage with decision makers, and learn about the latest innovations in the defense sector. IDEX is hosted by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. For further information on this event and the Future Defense Summit, please visit

NAVDEX is the naval and maritime component of the IDEX exhibition. Naval defense and maritime security technologies and services are showcased through exhibits, on-water exhibits, and docked naval ships. Exhibits range from naval defense, maritime security, and vessels. Daily on-water exhibits demonstrate the latest maritime equipment. In 2013, NAVDEX docked warships from countries across the globe, including UAE, USA, France, UK, Italy, and Pakistan, and provided exhibition attendees the opportunity to view the latest operational technologies on multiple vessels. For additional information, visit

Cartagena International Boat Show – Cartagena, Colombia March 21-23, 2015
The Cartagena International Boat Show showcases local and international maritime exhibitors. Exhibits will feature boats displayed in water or on ground, and include boats, yachts, sailboats, and other recreational marine vehicles. CIBS will have a USA pavilion featuring 20 U.S. exhibitors, sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. The Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism recently prioritized development of Nautical Tourism in Colombia, to meet growing demand of the nautical tourism industry. This is an important time to engage in the market. For further information, please visit

Sea-Air-Space Exposition – National Harbor, MD April 13-15, 2015

The Sea-Air-Space Exposition, sponsored by the Navy League, is the biggest U.S. maritime exposition bringing together private U.S. defense companies, the U.S. defense industrial base, and important military officials. Exhibitors present the latest maritime technology and equipment, and provide opportunities for testing. This exposition features panels with the DOD, DHS, State, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Maritime Administration. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition features an International Maritime reception for international networking opportunities. For more information, 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

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

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

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,

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.   

Detailed Event Information For Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2014 (BSDA 2014) (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2014 (BSDA 2014) (TFC Event)
Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2014 (BSDA 2014) (TFC Event) -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Defense Industry Eq., Electronic Components, Health Care Services, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: Bucharest, Romania 05/14/2014 - 05/16/2014
Event Summary:
U.S. companies interested in reaping the benefits of exhibiting in a specialized tri-service defense exhibition in large and growing market should participate in Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition and Conference 2014 (BSDA 2014). BSDA 2014 will take place May 14-16, 2014 at ROMAERO, in Bucharest, Romania. Supported by the Romanian Government and Romanian Intelligence Service, BSDA 2014 covers the Land, Sea and Air Defense, Civil Aerospace, Homeland Security and Safety & Security industries. BSDA 2014 is the largest international tri-service defense exhibition on Europe's newest border. The Black Sea region's significance will continue to increase as NATO's military alignment expands eastward and southward. Recognizing the strategic importance of the area where Central Europe, South East Europe, Eastern Europe and the Black Sea-Caucasus-Central Asia converge, the United States and Romania have agreed to station U.S. Army and Air Force units in four (4) “Forward Operating Sites” within Romania. At BSDA 2014, U.S. companies specializing in the product categories below will be able to showcase their products to a targeted audience. More than 12,450 official visitors, which included senior defense, military, SAR, customs and police, airline, airport, and emergency and health delegations from 24 countries along with trade and industry visitors from 39 countries, attended Black Sea Defense & Aerospace (BSDA) 2012. Official MoD delegations from 21 countries also were hosted at BSDA 2012. Major exhibition themes include: • LAND DEFENSE: Armored & unarmored vehicles; Weapons & ammunition; Body armor & personal defense systems; Anti-aircraft defense systems; Anti-tank defense systems; Command & control systems; and Simulation & training systems. • AIR DEFENSE: Military aircraft, helicopters, UCAVs, UAVs; Armaments & ordinance; Missiles & weapons systems; Simulation & training systems; Avionics & airport infrastructure. • SEA DEFENSE: Naval & Coast Guard vessels; Command & control systems; Naval weapons systems; Navigation, sonar & radar systems; Port infrastructure services & systems; Personal rescue & survival systems; and Simulation & training systems. • CIVIL AEROSPACE: Civilian aircraft; Business & corporate aviation; Avionics & radar systems; MRO equipment and services; Airport infrastructure. • POLICE & SECURITY: Homeland defense systems; Police & security aircraft & helicopters; Coast Guard systems & technologies; and Search & rescue (SAR) equipment & technologies. BSDA 2014 is a great opportunity for U.S. companies to exhibit their land, air and naval defense, civil aerospace, ATC, security, police and coast guard products and services and to increase their sales to this rapidly growing area of the world.

Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
James Cunningham, Bucharest
Commercial Officer
Phone: (40-21) 200-3372
Monica Eremia, Bucharest
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +40 21 200 3358
Katja S. Kravetsky, Bucharest
Commercial Officer
Phone: +40 21 270 6218
Justin Pelham-Webb, TNT Productions, Inc.

Phone: 703/406-0010, x703