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,


6th International Conference on Ship Efficiency

The  has announced the upcoming international conference, to be held in Hamburg on 25-26 September 2017. For more information please visit the conference website.

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.

As time goes by …

The long-time employees Peter Jochmann, Jens-Holger Hellmann, Karl-Ulrich (Kalle) Evers from Arctic Technology Dept. and Hans-Uwe Schnoor from Resistance & Propulsion Dept. bid farewell to HSVA. The event was celebrated with more than 160 guests - former and active HSVA employees as well as business partners and friends from Germany and abroad. More...


From left:   J.-H. Hellmann,  K.-U. Evers,  Dr. J. Hennig,  P. Jochmann  and H.-U. Schnoor

Successful proof of drag reduction through “artificial dolphin skin”

HSVA and three partner institutions conducted the research project FLIPPER with the aim to develop a drag-reducing bionic hull coating. More...

FLIPPER test object in HYKAT

MARIC Training at HSVA

As a part of the cooperation the first training of MARIC staff members has taken place in June 2017. In connection with cavitation tests for a MARIC project, HSVA hosted in total four colleagues from MARIC for three weeks. All of us enjoyed the time and look forward to more of these fruitful courses.

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The photograph above shows Shen Xingrong (left) and Sun Qun (right) from MARIC together with HSVA hydro-acoustic expert Herbert Bretschneider (middle).


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Here, Sun Qun (left) from MARIC and HSVA project manager Eva Göricke (right) pose inside the HYKAT test section.