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 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