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HSVA – Setting standards in ship optimisation
for more than 100 years

For a century, the private and independent Hamburg Ship Model Basin HSVA has been at the forefront of hydrodynamic research. HSVA has influenced and led developments of testing technology, methods, standardisation and numerical procedures to solve complex problems.

Today, HSVA is also a service and consulting company for industrial customers worldwide. Highly skilled staff is trained to interact with customers to optimise products and procedures quickly with high precision. HSVA skills are acknowledged in other areas as well such as the aircraft industry. Its leading role in national and international research programs makes HSVA a most competent partner in science and services around the field of hydrodynamics and related areas.

Meet us in Hamburg at OMAE 2022 - International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, June 5-10.

Visit us at our booth or join our technical tour on Friday June 10 during which you will view live demonstrations of our main model test facilities and learn about different measurement techniques and special equipment used at HSVA.

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OMAE 2022


Rapid change in climate conditions and marine traffic require the development of versatile vessels to support research, monitoring, safeguarding and environmental protection tasks in polar waters. With its numerical and experimental capabilities #HSVA can support the development of such complex vessels. For more insight please also follow our webinar on Multi Mission Polar Vessels:

HSVA Recommends:

A very good read for those interested in ship safety, damage stability and numerical modeling was just published in Applied Ocean Research. The article Results of an international benchmark study on numerical simulation of flooding and motions of a damaged ropax ship is based on HSVA model tests in the framework of the EU-project Flooding Accident Response (FLARE) together with several numerical contributions by distinguished workers in the field.

Our paper on the FLARE ropax ship benchmark study, with open access, is now available using the link below:

Hydro-Acoustic Measurements in HYKAT

In the HSVA archive we found this nice picture showing a ship model in the HYKAT (Hydrodynamic and cavitation tunnel) with the (illuminated) acoustic chamber below the measuring section. The HYKAT of HSVA has especially been designed with focus on its hydro-acoustic abilities. Due to its very low self-noise level - around 20dB lower than standard cavitation tunnels – it offers best conditions to measure propeller radiated noise. The results give foresight of the real ship’s and offshore structure’s underwater noise level.

For detailed information please contact


HSVA has been contracted by The Norwegian Ship Design Company

HSVA has been contracted by The Norwegian Ship Design Company (TNSDC) to optimize their all zero-emission self-discharging hydrogen-fuelled bulk carrier "With Orca" of Norwegian ship owner Egil Ulvan Rederi AS. The project was recently awarded with the Approval in Principal (AiP) by Lloyd's Register following a highly detailed hazard identifcation (HAZID). HSVA will support TNSDC with the hydrodynamic design of the vessel.

"This project is a milestone in using hydrogen at sea and combining the power of wind to drive the ship", says HSVA project manager Peter Horn.


With Orca

Global Recycling Day 2022

Just in time for the Global Recycling Day 2022, HSVA is launching a project to process 50 kg of polylactide waste from HSVA's 3D printing center into new filament.
Besides being a renewable raw material, PLA is also useful for recycling economy.
Recycling economy saves time, energy and resources. It reduces the volume of waste and enables "zero-waste" production in the ideal case.
The aim of this project is to test the extent to which recycled PLA filament is suitable for production in HSVA.
On our YouTube channel you will soon learn how recyclable waste becomes a final product!


Global Recycling Day 2022 HSVA


We are very happy to present you our new YouTube channel!

Dive into the world of ship model tests at HSVA and learn regularly about our work, projects and of course our testing facilities.

To access our channel, simply follow this link:

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

SHEAR-WATER LNG Feeder vessel

The new ship concept of a versatile LNG Feeder & Bunker vessel for world-wide operation without the use of ballast water was developed by Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT) and extensively tested and optimized at HSVA. Watch the campaign with impressive sloshing, seakeeping, and calm water tests on YouTube investigating the specifically designed hull-form with regard to performance and safe navigation:
(Courtesy of GTT)


shear water project

The EU-project FLARE (Flooding Accident Response) holds its 3rd Webinar:

Numerical Flooding Simulation Tools in Realistic Large-Scale Flooding Scenario

on 03.03.2022 from 14:00 to 16:30 CET for targeted audience and the general public. You are cordially invited to participate.

This third public FLARE Webinar throws light on the role of numerical flooding simulations within the FLARE framework. Further the challenges to be met in flooding simulations are described. The results of an international benchmark study are reviewed and an effort is made to distinguish some aspects to be improved in the simulation codes based on HSVA model tests. Finally a study on active flooding mitigation measures in two large-scale flooding scenarios is described.

You can register to the webinar by sending an e-mail to by the 1st March 2022. Please note that the Zoom link to join the meeting will be sent upon registration.


3rd Flare Webinar

HSVA presents: Webinar: "Solid Friction Measurements"

Learn about HSVA’s friction testing apparatus, our experience and expertise in the field and let us show you how we can assist you with friction-related topics.

Please register via the following link:

We are looking forward to your participation!

Webinar Solid Friction Measurements


Last week the model test campaign for the new 7,800 DWT Multi-Purpose Vessels for Langh Ship started at HSVA

The design has been developed by Langh Ship in collaboration with Outokumpu and the Chinese ship designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI). A total of three vessels will be built by Wuhu shipyard in China, with the first vessel scheduled for delivery in mid-2023 and to be followed by the other two in the near future.

We were especially pleased to welcome Mrs. Laura Langh-Lagerlöf and Mr. Eero Pajunen in our test facility at HSVA in Hamburg personally to attend first calm water tests with stock propeller. The Chinese partners witnessed the resistance and propulsion tests via live stream directly from the towing carriage.

In the photo from left to right:

  • Mrs. Laura Langh-Lagerlöf / Commercial Director / Langh Tech Oy AB
  • Mr. Eero Pajunen / Chief Operating Officer / Langh Ship Oy AB
  • Mr. Hilmar Klug / Senior Project Manager / HSVA

We are already looking forward to the continuation of the exciting cooperation with Langh Ship!

Lang Ships


Reduction of Required Minimum Engine Power to Receive Baltic Ice Class

Did you know that there are possibilities to reduce the minimum engine power required for ice class approval? It is possible to receive an Ice Class (IA, IB or IC) approval based on brash ice model tests in HSVA’s large ice model basin. For single cases (ship types) even a pure theoretic brash ice performance prediction based on direct propulsion calculation and resistance formula can be already regarded as sufficient by reviewing authorities. The reduction in power compared to a standard rules calculation is on average between 20 and 50 %. For further information and consultation, please contact us at or


HSVA studies prove Medstraum’s unique efficiency

„Together with project partner National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), HSVA has analyzed 1.000 different hull forms utilizing a considerable amount of computer resources. Parameters such as ship’s dimension, hull form, resistance, radiated waves, required powering, and many more, were thoroughly investigated to ensure Medstraum became as efficient as possible.”

Read the complete article:

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HSVA presents: Webinar: "HSVA Model Ice"

Join us on a journey through our Arctic Technologies, learn about our latest improvements on model ice and why ice model testing is still irreplaceable.

Please register via the following link:

We are looking forward to your participation!

HSVA Model Ice 2

HSVA presents: Webinar: "Rapid manufacturing – faster, cheaper, greener"

News from behind the scenes: Join us on a journey through our rapid manufacturing technologies. What works for us, what doesn't and what our demands on quality are.

Please register at the following link:

We are looking forward to your participation!

Webinar Rapid Manufacturing

HSVA is supporting a DFG study on nonlinear wave-ice interaction with another test series in the large ice model basin

„[…] It has been shown theoretically that nonlinear effects can be triggered and intensified by solid ice as decreasing wave lengths under such ice condition result in the steepening of the waves.

In order to shed more light onto these occurrences, a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, project 407532845) has started to show numerically and experimentally that nonlinear wave-ice interaction can take place under solid ice, explaining ice-breakup processes far away from the ice edge. The small-scale experiments are conducted at the large ice basin of the Hamburg Ship Model Test Basin (HSVA), where wave properties are measured before entering the ice sheet and during their progression through the ice sheet. […]“

(Franz von Bock und Polach, Marco Klein und Moritz Hartmann (2021), “Wave-ice interaction and ice break-up far away from the ice edge“, ifM Blog,


For more information on the project, see the blog entry by our colleagues at UHH:

Management of Damen visits HSVA

Damen Shelde Naval Shipbuilding has chosen HSVA as partner for the hydrodynamic design and performance assessment of the new frigate class F126 for the German Navy. On this occassion, Managing Director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Mr. Hein van Ameijden and Mr. Magiel Venema, Commercial Director Naval Projects Germany, visited HSVA. Together with our Managing Director Prof. Dr. Janou Hennig and our Director Dr. Florian Kluwe the dutch delegation got an insight to HSVA’s facilities and capabilities. While witnessing ongoing model tests (photo) future opportunities for collaboration between Damen and HSVA were discussed.


Conversation at HSVAs large towing carriage from left to right:

Dipl.-Ing. Jan Lassen, Senior Project Manager, HSVA
Dr.-Ing. Florian Kluwe, Director/Divison Manager Ships/Head of Projects, HSVA
Magiel Venema, Commercial Director Naval Projects Germany, Damen Shelde Naval Shipbuilding
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Janou Hennig, Managing Director, HSVA
Hein van Ameijden, Managing Director, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

HSVA equally shares the passion and enthusiasm of the various exciting tasks in maritime technology. With our experts, we are contributing to making shipping safer and more sustainable.
We are continuously engaged in finding young professionals in order to maintain the high level of expertise in Germany on a long term basis. If you are interested in further information about HSVA contact us via email:

HSVA has become an active member of the Hamburg Environmental Partnership 2021

HSVA is committed to making shipping more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Thus, we also campaign for responsible behavior towards the environment on land.

We are proud to announce that we are now active environmental partners of our Hanseatic city. As an active member of the Hamburg Environmental Partnership 2021, we voluntarily support more towards environmental and climate protection beyond the legal requirements.

Our voluntary contributions are reflected in the energy-efficient construction of part of our buildings, purchase of sustainable production material of our models and support of enviromentally friendly mobility.


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The EEXI (Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index) will soon be introduced.

But what does this mean in detail for the fleet in service?

To answer at least some of the frequently asked questions, HSVA is offering a free one-hour webinar on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 11 a.m. (UTC) You can register for it at

The webinar EEXI Adopted - How to prepare and to attain will be held in English and has the following agenda:

* Introduction and background of the EEXI * Which measures have now to be taken? * How can HSVA assist in determining and fulfilling the EEXI?

Following the presentation, the speakers will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Dr.-Ing. Florian Kluwe and Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Reinholz will be available to answer your questions.


EEXI Flyer


Exciting news from the TRAM H2020 Project! Join us and watch the keel laying ceremony for the world´s first fully electric fast going passenger vessel LIVE!

HSVA has been in charge of the hydrodynamic optimisation and model testing of the Stavanger prototype and is among the 14 European partners behind the groundbreaking EU funded @Tram H2020 project, which aims to develop a zero emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production. Join us to celebrate this important milestone 10th of June!

Wärtsilä i Norge - Fjellstrand AS - HSVA - University of Strathclyde - National Technical University of Athens - Servogear AS - NCE Maritime Clean Tech - Fraunhofer IEM - Leivrik - Norsk Hydro - Rogaland fylkeskommune - Kolumbus - MBNA Thames Clipers - Vlaamse Waterweg





Damen contracts Hamburg Ship Model Basin for new frigate tests

Damen Shipyards Group and the Hamburg Ship Model Basin have concluded a contract for an extensive series of model tests for the hydrodynamic development of the F126 frigates for the German Navy.

Please find the press release below:

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Damen contracts HSVA for new frigate tests_Pressemitteilung



On the contract signing photo from left to right:

Dr.-Ing. Florian Kluwe, Director/Divison Manager Ships/Head of Projects, HSVA

and Dirk Henneberg, Senior Program Manager Procurement F126, Damen Naval


HSVA Reederseminar 2021: Absage - HSVA Shipowners Seminar 2021: Cancellation

Aufgrund der Coronavirus-Pandemie (COVID-19) haben wir die schwierige Entscheidung getroffen, das HSVA Reederseminar 2021 auf das kommende Jahr zu verschieben.  
Hierfür wird es zeitnah ein neues Save the Date sowie eine neue Einladung geben.

Wir freuen uns aber, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass wir stattdessen im laufenden Jahr eine Reihe von Webinaren veranstalten werden, z.B. zum Thema EEDI.
Diesbezüglich erhalten Sie ebenfalls rechtzeitig Informationen von uns.

Die Einschränkung sozialer Kontakte ist derzeit lebenswichtig. Daher bitten wir um Ihr Verständnis für unsere Entscheidung, die zur Sicherheit unserer Mitarbeiter und der Teilnehmer dient und eine weitere Ausbreitung des Virus verhindern soll.

Bitte passen Sie weiterhin auf sich auf!
Ihr HSVA Team



Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) we have made the difficult decision to postpone the HSVA Shipowners Seminar 2021 to next year.  
There will be a new Save the Date and invitation for this in a timely manner.

However, we are pleased to inform you that we will be organising a series of webinars this year instead, e.g. on the topic of EEDI.
Information on this will also be sent to you in the near future.

The restriction of social contacts is vital at the moment. Therefore, we ask for your understanding for our decision, which is for the safety of our employees and the participants and to prevent a further spread of the virus.

Please continue to take care of yourself!
Your HSVA Team

HSVA signs IWSA‘s open letter aiming at advancing the decarbonization of the shipping industry

Together with more than 90 maritime companies, HSVA has signed an open letter demanding decision-makers in the maritime industry, as well as the entire shipping community, to re-evaluate and utilize all energy solutions. Strategic integration of wind propulsion systems is expected to achieve essential reductions in carbon emissions and make a significant contribution for reaching emissions targets by 2050.

To seriously integrate the power of wind propulsion into the fight against climate change, the letter calls for the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group to assess and quantify the potential of wind propulsion. It requests for launching a comprehensive strategic review of current efforts to decarbonize the shipping industry in light of the climate crisis, as well as ensuring that a level playing field is created and maintained for all propulsion systems. The current approach, which currently focuses on fuels, needs to be overcome.

English version - IWSA Open Letter

German version - IWSA Open Letter




Conference article „Experimental investigations on the level ice resistance of ships with non-typical icebreaking bow shapes“ chosen for publication in the International Journal of Ships and Offshore Structures (SaOS)

Article abstract:

For non-typical icebreaking ships with high stem and/or small waterline angles, the hull–ice interaction process in level ice comprises a combination of many different phenomena which is difficult to be described by existing straightforward approaches. In order to gain knowledge about the level ice resistance of ships with non-typical icebreaking bow shapes, a methodology to improve the principal understanding of the hull–ice interaction process, ice failure, level ice resistance and its distribution along the ship hull during model scale ice tests is developed. For this purpose, one ship model (Figure 1) has been manufactured and extensively instrumented. By performing resistance tests at several loading conditions, in model ice sheets of different thickness and at multiple speed values, relevant information on the nature of ice resistance of such ship type can be obtained (Figure 2). In this paper, the methodology is briefly summarized and part of the results of the model testing campaign are presented and discussed.

The full length paper (not free of charge) can be found at

The presentation belonging to the conference paper can be downloaded (free of charge) at

Moreover, for further information, please contact or

Hull lines of DTMB 5415 with the description of the instrumentation

Figure 1: Hull lines of DTMB 5415 with the description of the instrumentation.


Identification of ice resistance components

Figure 2: Identification of ice resistance components.

HSVA receives accreditation as recognized industrial research institution by French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI)

HSVA successfully received the accreditation as a recognized organization that carries out research and development (R&D) work on behalf of French companies from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI).

We are very pleased to announce that our application was approved by MESRI on March 2, 2021 for the years 2020, 2021, 2022. Our French clients now have the opportunity to declare amounts of R&D work eligible for the research tax credit (CIR) in accordance with the General French Tax Code.

HSVA is registered in the list of research institutions approved for CIR, which is posted on the MESRI website:

HSVA starts the new year with a tailwind - new corporate structure and changes in the management team

HSVA is giving itself a new, customer-oriented structure, which is now based on its main product groups. The technical expertise will be divided into three major areas: "Ships", "Offshore" and "Arctic Technology".

All HSVA employees are organized into pools, which provide the individual specialist teams with the resources they need. Inspired by agile working methods, these teams work independently on both customer orders and R&D projects. Project managers serve the customers as single point of contact to provide competent and holistic consulting. HSVA expects this to improve their customer service as well as to enable fast and flexible action on requirements and trends of the markets.

HSVA is also reorganizing its management team around Managing Director Prof. Dr. Janou Hennig:
Dr. Florian Kluwe is responsible for the "Ships" division.
The "Offshore" division will be represented by Dr. Christian Schmittner.
Nils Reimer is responsible for the "Arctic Technology" division.


Holistic technologies for the energy management of ships

Together with leading partners from the maritime industry, HSVA is launching a large-scale project to develop an energy management system for ships based on rational methods. Partners are Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH, AVL Deutschland GmbH, Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V., Friendship Systems AG, Technische Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Hamburg, 52°North - Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, Universität zu Lübeck, Maritimes Zentrum der Hochschule Flensburg, C. Büttner Shipmanagement and AVL Software & Functions. Together with further associated ship operators , a forward-looking energy management and decision support system will be developed, taking into account current operational data and geo-information. This will contribute to improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions from shipping.

The energy consumption of merchant ships is largely determined by their hydrodynamic properties and the systems on board. In some cases, up to 90% of primary energy consumption is used for propulsion and must therefore be optimally managed. The aim of MariData is to develop, improve and classify rational modules for ship energy management by using a carefully selected combination of state-of-the-art maritime technologies and experience as well as AI-based tools and methods for a pioneering product for holistic ship energy and operations management.

Together with geo-information and a Decision Support System (DSS) that brings together technical, environmental and economic data, energy consumption information will be integrated into a platform that can be used both on board the ship and shore-side by a shipping company. The platform will provide on-line simulations for decision support to ship management, as well as assistance with short, medium and long-term forecasts and decisions related to ship operation.

MariData's innovations lie in the precise determination and analysis of the current ship's drag, propulsion and respective fuel consumption under realistic operating conditions, taking into account wind and wave influences. On this basis, a rational analysis of the influences of the individual components is carried out, thus improving the quality of the forecast and the basis for navigation decisions. Integration with state-of-the-art geoservices takes the planned system to a new level. In addition, there are flexible approaches to quickly generate missing data (e.g. geometry) and integrate it into the analysis.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

HOLISHIP – 20 November 2020


 The HOLISHIP project is nearing its end. In a (virtual) public workshop essential project results will be presented on 9 December 10 am CET. More information and registration is available at:

Newest MarTERA funded project twin-crp-pod ULCS to come

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twin-crp-pod ULCS is short for: Application of hybrid CRP-POD propulsors on ultra large twin screw containerships to increase propulsive efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and improve navigational safety.

The overall goal of the project is to minimise fuel consumption, improve manoeuvring abilities and increase navigational safety by introducing three high-efficiency innovations to Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS): twin propeller configuration, pod propulsors and contra rotating propellers concept. The project will be realized during a three-year period, starting from September 1, 2020. Within the project, HSVA will enhance the comparative propulsion testing method in HYKAT to assess unconventional arrangements like the twin-crp-pod or others. This will expand HSVA’s service portfolio. More details including all partners can be found in the coming NewsWave. This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (reference number 03SX520A).

Dr. Daniela Myland awarded at OMAE 2020

Deputy Head of Department Arctic Technology Dr. Daniela Myland received the Subrata Chakrabarti Young Professional Award for her outstanding publication on “Experimental and theoretical investigations on the characteristics of ice floes broken by ships sailing ahead in level ice”, presented at OMAE 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. This award, named in commemoration of Dr. Chakrabarti, is an all-conference award given to a young professional, which recognizes both the originality and technical merit of the paper and the delivery of the presentation.

In particular, the paper investigates correlations between ice floe characteristics, hull shape parameters, ice properties and the ice resistance. Therefore, systematic model tests in level ice and pre-sawn ice with different icebreaking ship models of one ship type have been conducted. During the tests in level ice under water video records have been taken from below the ship model. Video frames have been analyzed by application of a dedicated image analysis procedure which is mainly based on a number of semi-automatic scripts applied in Matlab®. Results of the analysis are presented and discussed within this paper.

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HSVA receives ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Lloyd’s Register

Delivering high quality to our customers has always been our goal and guides our daily working routines. To ensure a high quality service with associated first-class results, HSVA has run a working quality management system for many years. Focussing on accuracy and correctness and continuously developing our skills further is an integral part of the researchers’ DNA of the people working at HSVA.

In order to document the working of the HSVA internal quality processes to our existing and future customers in a standardised and globally recognized way, HSVA has partnered with Lloyd’s Register to be certified according to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard.

We believe that becoming ISO 9001 certified reinforces and demonstrates our commitment to continually improving and providing quality services to all our clients. The certificates are found on our publication and press pages.

HSVA Opens Centre for Additive Manufacturing

When you enter the room, stepper motors hum and print heads rush over half-finished components. Since the beginning of 2020, three different printers have been producing appendices, superstructures and an entire ship model. By using different printing processes, the high expectations of our customers regarding geometry and accuracy are always met perfectly.

The first 3D-printed model for use in a seakeeping campaign was successfully tested. The model had a length of 2.35 m and an integrated roll tank, equipped with realistic construction details inside. This model including superstructures was made of PLA and proved its performance in tests under extreme conditions, even leading to capsizing of the vessel.

No matter how complex the geometry may be, HSVA produces your model at the pulse of time.


Maritime Coordinator visits HSVA

On May 26th, the Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, Mr. Norbert Brackmann, visited HSVA.

After a welcome by HSVA’s chairman Mr. Thomas Meier-Hedde and managing director Prof. Dr. Janou Hennig, the HSVA management and team showed Mr. Brackmann the HSVA test facilities, followed by an intensive exchange of ideas on the challenges of the maritime economy and current research and development topics.

visit from maritime coordinator

Measures against the coronavirus: 

Even in times of crisis we want to be there for our customers in the best possible way. That is why we are committed to taking company-wide measures to minimize the impact of the social and economic restrictions required to contain the coronavirus on our production and delivery capacity as well as on our sales and service - naturally in compliance with current official guidelines. However, our top priority - today and at all times - is the health and safety of our customers, employees and business partners.

Production and delivery: no delays so far

We are doing our best to continue to supply our customers reliably as usual and will continue to operate. With measures such as continuous education for the prevention of infections and compliance with the specified hygiene requirements and safety distances, we consider the ongoing production, research and development to be ensured according to the latest information.

Our suppliers and partners also behave responsibly and take individual measures to protect health in accordance with the respective legal regulations and specific conditions.

As a company that acts responsibly, we naturally react to the latest developments on a daily basis. If these should cause a delay in our production and delivery capacity, we will inform you promptly here or in person.

Consulting and test operation: still there for you

Even in difficult times we refer to our service promise to always be there for our customers. For us, this also includes reacting just as quickly and dynamically to a rapidly and dynamically developing situation. Your contact persons are available for you as usual under the familiar telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. At the customer's request, we will again carry out personal consultation or test appointments on site, naturally in compliance with all necessary protective and hygienic measures as well as the necessary safety distances in social interaction. For us, this is an important contribution to your protection and the protection of our employees.

We thank you for your trust and hope for your continued understanding! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time!

Stay healthy!



Hydrodynamic Optimisation and Model Testing Campaign for the prototype of a full electric fast catamaran successfully completed – the Stavanger Demonstrator

 Under the EU H2020-funded TrAM project (2018-2022), a prototype of a fully electric passenger fast ferry has been developed. The Vessel undergoes detailed design and physical model testing, prior to its construction. The catamaran will start operation in Stavanger/Norway before the end of the TrAM project and be part of the city´s zero emissions urban transportation system.


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HOLISHIP Project Promotional Video on YouTube

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The HOLISHIP Project has released its first public video ( ) as part of the comprehensive dissemination package. Key players explain the project’s objectives and achievements so far. Major technical and integration developments already led to a fully applicable “holistic design process” which is illustrated in form of the nine different application cases presented the project.


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Precautions Against COVID-19

Dear Clients and Partners,

In view of the actual situation with regard to the virus COVID-19, HSVA has precautions in place since couple of weeks (see information below) in addition to official measures taken in Germany to avoid further spread of the infection. Actual measures include suspension of business travels and meetings as well as active use of Home Office. All facilities are currently kept in operation and we do our utmost best to accomplish all projects according to the planned schedule and to your full satisfaction.

Coronavirus Measures (PDF)


HSVA goes new green ways in model manufacture and investigates ship safety in EU-project FLARE

The construction of the model of a damaged RoPaX ship for the EU research project FLARE (Flooding Accident Response) has started in HSVA.

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Thin walled ship shell for ship damage stability tests.

The thin walled ship shell needed for damage stability studies, in which some internal compartments will be flooded, is manufactured of a new sustainable Natural Fiber Composite (NFC) instead of the classical Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP/GFK) often used in such models. The new material is more environ-mentally friendly in its production and disposal than classical GFRP, and is based on the use of natural fibers as reinforcement instead of the relatively heavy glass or expensive carbon. Also the ready-made ship shell is easier to cut and more pleasant to work with during the outfitting of the model in this case with the damage openings on the hull.

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Raking damage at the bilge.


In the first phase of the coming model tests roll damping coefficients of damaged ships will be determined for use in numerical simulations of ship survival in seaways. Two damage shapes in different sizes will be tested:  A raking damage at the ship bilge due to accidental contact with a rock, like the one that sank the MV Costa Concordia, and a typical collision damage at the ship side as a result of a perpendicular collision too often seen in busy fairways having frequent crossing ferry traffic.


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Collision damage at ship side.


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Collision damage penetration at ship interior.

Further benchmark tests will follow. The 3D- printed parts of the model will be changed with relative ease to other ones as required by the test plan.

The use of sustainable raw materials, traditional wood, polylactic acid (PLA) made of corn starch and used in 3D-printing, bio-based epoxy resin and flax fiber in NFC models, allows the HSVA to manufacture composite models almost solely of sustainable materials, thus also reducing the carbon footprint about 70 per cent in comparison with a corresponding GFRP model.


The German National R&D project AERONAUT ( has successfully installed the prototype wind deflecting spoilers on board our operator partner's Jüngerhans vessel Pictor J. We are looking forward to operational data and experiences using this novel aerodynamic improvement and energy saving device.



Photos: Deflector spoilers after installation.

HSVA as part of MOSAiC - the biggest arctic expedition of all times!

In fall 2019 the biggest arctic expedition of all times – the MOSAiC Expedition1 led by the Alfred-Wegener-Institut2 - has started: Polarstern left Tromsø harbour to travel towards north, where it is frozen into the ice now for about one year drifting across the Arctic along with the natural ice drift. This is a high-tech repetition of the famous Fram Expedition 1893-1896. While Fridtjof Nansen’s original intention was to reach the North Pole, this expedition’s scope is to record interdisciplinary data during an entire annual cycle including the arctic winter. The data shall serve mankind to understand this sensitive region, also with respect to climate change. These days 20 nations, abt. 600 people on board and further 300 people at home are involved in this expedition. HSVA’s role in MOSAiC is to measure lateral ice pressure in the vicinity of Polarstern and to monitor the resulting loads on the vessel itself. Therefore, HSVA had contracted the Hamburg University of Technology to install strain gauges and temperature sensors on the steel structure of the vessel. Partners from Europe, USA and Asia install and maintain ice pressure panels in the ice on behalf of HSVA. The recorded data is expected to give insight in lateral ice pressure in the vicinity of structures, but it is also to be understood as the basis for all kinds of generic ice studies. HSVA’s work within MOSAiC is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (reference number 03SX365A).


MOSAiC field study

Newswave 2019 Issue 2 Available

FATICE Development of alternative model ice for ice crushing scenarios; Investigating Full Scale Correlation @ Sea; MOVE – Modeltests and Development of Numerical Methods for the Research Project ”HYKOPS“; Considerations on Vertical Stems; Lifting Spirits by Testing a Depressor; HSVA proudly congratulates Daniela Myland for PhD; Member of staff Christian Schroeder

cover_nw2-2019PDF file, size 2.8 MB available here.

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HSVA proudly congratulates its employee Daniela Myland for achieving her PhD degree!


Congratulations to Daniela Myland, Deputy Head of Arctic Technology Department, for achieving her PhD degree at NTNU with her thesis on “Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on the Ship Resistance in Level Ice”. The thesis focused on the resistance of icebreaking ships advancing continuously in level ice, whereby different aspects of the ice resistance were analysed on the basis of ice model tests. Newly developed methods and techniques were used in the course of the model tests and a semi-empirical resistance prediction method was improved with the gained insight. The work allows an enhanced analysis of the ice breaking process in model and full scale and can be seen as a basis for a refined ice resistance prediction in the future.