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:

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

DEFSEC Atlantic – Novascotia, Canada (September 8-10, 2015)

Join U.S. Commercial Service Canada’s U.S. Pavilion and explore the Government of Canada (GoC’s) defense opportunities. Meet face to face with defense prime contractors and its Tier suppliers, and connect you with government units and key partners operating in the maritime and aerospace sectors. For more information, contact: Luz Betancur at or Lucy Latka at

Oceans 2015 – Washington, D.C. (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,

Upcoming Webinars:

BIS Export Administration Regulations Webinar (specific to Marine Category 8)

Date: May 19, 2015 (2 EDT/ 11am PDT)

Price: $35

Mitigating a Strengthening US dollar Webinar

Date: May 21 (2 pm EST/ 11 am PST)

Price: Free

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