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With 20,000 km of coastline and 60,000 km of shoreline, the maritime industry plays a vital role in the US as port activities account for 26% of the economy. The US domestic fleet consists of more than 40,000 vessels and the maritime share of US trade is projected to double by 2023, proving Danish companies with solid market opportunities.

Since the extension of the Panama Canal, Texas has become an increasing logistical hub for the maritime sector. Over 10 Danish shipping companies have their U.S. offices in Houston, many relocating from the Northeast. Easier access has increased cargo volumes from especially Asia and South America, making the ports in Houston and New Orleans rely heavily on container shipping, while the port of Corpus Christi is heavily invested in Oil exports, tank operations, and wind components for the increasing wind market in Texas.

Since 2018, the Trade Council in Houston has focused resources on working with Danish maritime companies and has since developed a strong focus on target segments like ship yards, ports, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and barge transportation. Danish companies represent among other things expertise within pollution control, and as well as relevant topics of increasing sustainability, safety, innovation and digitization. Houston is known as the energy capital of the world, which gives the local maritime industry a natural overlap into the Oil and Gas industry.
The Trade Council’s focus coincides with the government’s Blue Denmark-plan which sets out a vision for Denmark to be a leading maritime nation, especially for innovation and new technology development.

Contact information

Ralf Nielsen
Commcercial Advisor 
Maritime / Offshore / O&G  
Tel.:+1 (713) 540-5567