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.

AIRCOAT Project Start + Kick-off

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The European Commission granted this innovative project intending to develop a biomimetic hull coating that reduces the frictional resistance of ships.

AIRCOAT (Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing) develops a passive air lubrication technology that utilises the biomimetic Salvinia effect. This effect enables trapping air while submerged in water. The project technologically implements this effect on a self-adhesive foil system. Applying a ship with such an AIRCOAT foil will produce a thin permanent air layer, which reduces the overall frictional resistance significantly while acting as a physical barrier between water and hull surface inhibiting the attachment of fouling and the release of biocide substances to the water.

The three-year project started on 1st of May 2018 and receives a total grant of 5.3 million Euro from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework. The the kick-off took place on 7th – 8th of May 2018 in Brussels and was successfully presented on 6th of September 2018 in a Stakeholder Event at the SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg.

Read more here.

TrAM Project Kick-off in Stavanger

The H2020 Project – TrAM (Transport: Advanced and Modular) kicked off at Stavanger during a meeting on 12 – 14 September 2018. Organised by coordinator Rogaland County-Stavanger, the 13 project partners discussed details of the planned developments. The 14.7 M€ project will develop, design and build a modular, all electric fast passenger ferry to be operated in a commuter service in the Stavanger area. HSVA participates in the project as hydrodynamic development and consultation partner to assist shipyard and operators during definition and design of this challenging ferry project which combines emission free operation with latest modular production technologies. Based on the first stage developments for the Norwegian application case further evolutions for use in London (Thames Clipper) and Belgium (Waterwegen en Zeekanaal) will be created.

TrAM Team in Port

The TrAM project team in the port of Stavanger


TrAM underway in fjord

Fjellstrand shipyard seen from the sea

First Mayor at SMM 2018

In the aftermath of last week's world-renown trade fair SMM 2018 we would like to thank all our customers, partners and friends for the intensive and inspiring discussions and for the visit on our stand. You made the exhibition a great success for HSVA.

We are grateful for the visit of the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, with whom Dr. Janou Hennig, managing director at HSVA, enjoyed a very constructive exchange on today’s maritime business and future opportunities and challenges.

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.