The Hamburg Ship Model Basin

Setting the Standard in Ship Optimisation

Video 100 years

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.


We cordially invite you for the first workshop of the German funded research project ProEis – “Influence of the ship’s hull design on the propulsion efficiency and the loads on the propeller induced by ice”
Free-of-charge workshop on ship efficiency depending on ship and propeller design of ice-going ships on 26th September 2017 in Hamburg

For registration form and workshop details,
For further information please contact Daniela Myland,


Newswave 2017 Issue 1 Available

The latest edition of the HSVA newsletter Newswave is available for download in PDF format. This newsletter offers the most recent developments at HSVA, covering research projects, improvements to facilities and equipment, and other select topics.

If you missed any previous issues, check out the archive.

Cooperation agreement signed between MARIC and HSVA


On the 5th of September 2016, a trio of professors from China visited HSVA, signing a cooperation agreement between MARIC and HSVA.