for the
Maritime Industry

Located in Hamburg, the private and independent Hamburg Ship Model Basin - HSVA - is a service and consulting company for clients in the maritime industry worldwide.

Our products contribute to a greener, more sustainable usage of marine environments. We help reduce emissions from shipping and we increase safety in marine transportation.

We are partners to our clients for the development of innovative, tailor-made solutions in shipping and offshore operations. For experimental investigations we are offering world class testing facilities.

Its leading role in national and international research programs makes HSVA a most competent partner in science and services in the field of maritime hydrodynamics, maritime aerodynamics and arctic technology as well as associated disciplines.


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Maritime Hydrodynamics
Optimisation, Efficiency & Safety

We address any aspect in design, construction and operation of waterborne vehicles and structures that incorporate fluid mechanical considerations such as

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Maritime Aerodynamics
Design Loads, Operational Safety & Green Energy

HSVA adresses all aspects related to air flow on ships and offshore structures, including

  • Wind Loads
  • Air resistance
  • Exhaust gas distribution
  • Air Turbulence
  • Ventilation
  • Numerical Assessment (RANS, DES, LES)
  • Wind Tunnel Testing
  • IMO Weather Criterion
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Wind Propulsion Systems (Flettner Rotors, Soft Sails, Wing Sails)
  • Wind Turbines


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Arctic Technology
Safe operation in ice covered waters

Operating one of the very few testing facilities worldwide, HSVA provides unique expertise for marine vehicles and installations in ice covered waters:

September 2022

The paper "Implementation of Zero Emission Fast Shortsea Shipping (Medstraum)" has received the 2022 ABS Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize
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HSVA is happy to hear that the paper "Implementation of Zero Emission Fast Shortsea Shipping (Medstraum)" has received the 2022 ABS Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize for the best paper presented at the SNAME SMC2021 convention!

August 2022

Webinar: "Sea Trials - The Final Acceptance Criteria for Ships"
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HSVA presents: Webinar: "Sea Trials - The Final Acceptance Criteria for Ships"

For several…

August 2022

Newswave 2022 01
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HSVA magazine "newswave" is now available online!

We are very pleased to present you our…


Jobs @ HSVA

HSVA is one of the world leading ship model basins. As a private company operating in the wonderful city of Hamburg, Germany, HSVA is active in the field of hydrodynamic research since 1913. Besides operating a large range of experimental facilities, we are among the forerunners of CFD developments and maritime applications.

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