The Hamburg Ship Model Basin

Driving excellence for the maritime future

Hamburgische Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt / the Hamburg Ship Model Basin or HSVA for short is a private, self-supporting, non-profit organisation providing research and consultancy services to the worldwide maritime industry.

With its sophisticated experimental research facilities HSVA has been among the world’s leading ship model basins since its foundation in 1913. Based on pioneering contributions from scientists and engineers, HSVA developed an intricate understanding of all problems in ship and offshore hydrodynamics, propeller design and arctic technology.

Today, the model basin offers a large range of experimental investigations covering resistance and propulsion tests, seakeeping-, manoeuvring- and cavitation experiments for ships and “anything that floats”. The main facilities available at HSVA include the large hydrodynamics and cavitation tunnel (HYKAT), the large towing tank (300m x 18m x 6m) which has been updated with multi-directional wave making capabilities and the unique ice tank. Discover our range of services in the specific sections.

In addition to its experimental facilities HSVA has pioneered maritime CFD development and applications for a long time. Today, a range of numerical services matching ship model basin standards are offered. Find out more in our CFD section.

Research plays an important role for the model basin. HSVA constantly invests in the development of new technologies and the research in maritime hydrodynamics. More information is provided on the research pages.

HSVA has run a working quality management system for many years. Focussing on accuracy and correctness and continuously developing our skills further is an integral part of the researchers’ DNA of the people working at HSVA. Since July 2020 HSVA’s quality management system is certified by Lloyd’s Register according to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard. The certificates are found on our publication and press pages.

Further information on the history, the present organisational structure and HSVA’s role in the maritime network can be found following the links in the menu above.