German Shipbuilding, Maritime and Offshore Technology Delegation to the Gulf of Mexico, USA

From June 4 - 8, 2018, a five-day business delegation to the Gulf Coast region of the Southern US will take place. The trip is geared towards German companies engaged in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.

With this business delegation, the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) is supporting German SMEs from the industry with their foreign trade engagement through the targeted development and expansion of business contacts in the USA. The business delegation will uncover market opportunities and potentially generate long-term sales opportunities for the participants.

Overview of the Shipbuilding industry in the Southern USA

In the USA, shipbuilding primarily takes place in several hubs along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and on the Great Lakes. Florida (Miami), Louisiana (New Orleans), Washington (Seattle), California (San Diego), and Texas (Houston) are the leading states in the shipbuilding industry with a concentration of industrial activity in each of the states listed.

The ocean carrier business in the USA is also important to the shipbuilding supplier industry, and has further areas of emphasis in the US, such as in New York. For the cruise ship industry, Florida is especially important. The barge and inland water vessel industry also plays an important role, with considerably larger ships and tugboats than in the European barge industry.

Houston remains the worldwide largest oil market hub. Due to low oil prices, offshore firms are subject to cost reduction measures to lower the enormous costs of drilling oil wells, and will place stronger value than previously on product reliability, low-maintenance service and security by implementing digital technologies, among other methods. Due to the large geographic area covered in the shipbuilding industry, the delegation will focus on the Gulf Coast region from Houston to Miami.

Product Presentation Event

We would like to invite you to attend a conference which will take place during the shipbuilding business delegation on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Date & Time: 

June 5, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Omni Riverfront Hotel
701 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130


The event is free to attend, registration is required.
A light lunch will be served.

Register here!

During the conference, the delegation participants will present their products, services, and potential areas of collaboration. 

Take advantage of this opportunity in order to experience the newest production and process technologies from the German shipbuilding and offshore industries, as well as to develop new business contacts. 

The event program will be updated soon. If you are interested in attending the product presentation event, please contact Catherine Malone.





Catherine Malone

Senior Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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