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 look forward to seeing you at our stand B4.EG108 at SMM 2018.


Designed to accommodate innovation and technology

Over the past 50 years, SMM has undergone strong growth. With more than 90,000 square metres of exhibition space and an exciting supporting programme, SMM is setting the course for the maritime industry – in Hamburg and all over the world.



SMM 2018

The hall B4 is located next to the East Entrance Eingang Ost. Click here for the hall plan (opens in new tab).

For a more thorough overview of the SMM international maritime trade fair, please visit the official website.

Latest Issue of NewsWave Available

The first issue of 2018 is now available as PDF. Content includes:

  • HSVA Assistance for Ice Performance Trials
  • Enhanced Experimental Technique for the Effective Determination of Ship Roll Damping
  • Not only for hub caps - the enhanced procedure for propulsion tests in HYKAT
  • Seven in One Sweep – Constantly Accelerated Resistance Test (CART)
  • Increasing Efficiency – Conversion of RoPax Ferry “Peter Pan”
  • FLIPPER in the water tunnel
  • The Horizon 2020 AIRCOAT project: A Biomimetic Hull Coating to revolutionise the ship coating sector?
  • The TrAM H2020 project (2018-2022) TrAM: Transport: Advanced and Modular
  • Double‐ended Ferries: Special Design Challenges and Solutions
  • Member of staff Daniela Myland

HSVA regularly reports on new projects and special developments in its Newsletter – “HSVA NewsWave”. A complete list of previously published NewsWave editions can be accessed here.

Resistance and Powering Demonstrator

HOLISHIP Platform: Web App using CAESES and nuShallo

As the first stage in the on-going project developments, a demonstration of the resistance & power prediction for a RoPax ferry is available.This demonstrator of the HOLISHIP platform combines the parametric design capabilities of CAESES with the potential-based resistance prediction of nuShallo.

Click on the screenshot, or follow this link to launch the web app. This is a live preview of CAESES running on a remote server.


HOLISHIP: Joint Workshop in Brussels

On 31 May 2018 the HSVA led HOLISHIP project participated in a joint workshop with other EU funded ship design projects SHIPLYS and LINCOLN in Brussels. About 60 participants discussed with Commission representatives future trends of ship design and their answers to the evolving requirements. More...

"Hauptsache schnell" zählt nicht mehr - an interview with Christian Johannsen

Christian Johannsen, head of our Propellers&Cavitation department has recently been interviewed by the German magazine HANSA. Among others, subjects were the optimization of ship propellers particularly for slow steaming, new testing procedures to investigate propeller details as well as the future role of CFD in propeller design.

Please find the whole HANSA article in our press room.

Unconventional propeller-ice interaction tests close to large scale

A new video from the ProEis project demonstrates an ice floe being fed into a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP).

VSP in ice




CFD Simulations for Britain's New Polar Research Vessel

RSS Sir David Attenborough

The website for British Antarctic Survey recently highlighted the FreSCo+ aerodynamic investigations on the RSS Sir David Attenborough. BAS points out the fruitful collaboration between them, HSVA and the ship designer Rolls-Royce to ensure a good aerodynamic performance of their new polar research ship. For the entire article, click here...

The latest Newswave also features some selected results from the "virtual wind tunnel" studies using FreSCo+.