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.

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+.