Welcome to Fraunhofer CML!

Welcome to Fraunhofer CML!

Welcome to Fraunhofer CML!

The Fraunhofer CML

The Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML develops and optimizes processes and systems along the maritime supply chain. Within practically oriented research projects CML supports public and private sector clients of port operations as well as from the logistics services industry and from the shipping business.  



Fraunhofer Newsletter 4.20

Read here our newest Newsletter 4.20 with the topics: SeaML - the CML's autonomous research boat, AI use in optimizing empty container processes, developments for the Internet of Things in the port, Maritime Innovation Update MIU - the CML's new digital lecture series.

10 Years of Innovative Research - Fraunhofer CML celebrates its Anniversary

On October 7, 2020, the Fraunhofer CML celebrated its 10th anniversary with a senate reception in the Hamburg City Hall. Read more about this and our first ten years in our press release and in our brochure "Auf Kurs"!


New research project SeaClear launched

The latest research project of the Fraunhofer CML aims to clean the oceans with the help of robots and artificial intelligence. In SeaClear, unmanned surface and underwater vehicles and drones will identify, map and collect marine debris.

CML-Newsletter 3.20 released

Here you can find the current newsletter of the CML. In this issue you can read about our 10th anniversary, tasks of autonomous work boats and personnel planning 2.0. We hope you enjoy reading!


Support of the crew management of Carnival Maritime

The crew planning software SCEDAS®, developed by CML, is already in use on container and bulk carriers worldwide. Now, SCEDAS® supports Carnival Maritime's planners with the calculation of detailed work plans for each individual seafarer using mathematical optimization techniques. Efficient planning algorithms can continuously update individual work plans during a voyage.

RoboVaaS at the MarTERA Conference

At the conference of the MarTERA funding programme in Trondheim in September, the results of the project to date were presented, including the test ship built at the CML and the solutions for underwater communication and orientation. Read more about RoboVaaS in the MarTERA Newsletter.


Project B ZERO: CML develops the watchfree bridge

In our new research project "B ZERO", the CML designs the concept of the watchfree bridge. Under the leadership of the CML, funded by the program "Maritime Technologien der nächsten Generation" (Next Generation of Maritime Technologies), sensor technologies and decision support systems are being developed to enable a temporary watchfree bridge on merchant ships.

COOKIE - Container Services Optimized by Artificial Intelligence

Start of a new research project in the Port of Hamburg: The Hamburger Container- und Chassis-Reparatur-Gesellschaft mbH (HCCR) and the CML are working in COOKIE on the use of AI to improve the availability, cleaning and repair of containers in an empty container depot.

COOKIE is supported by the programme "Innovative Port Technologies" of the BMVI. The CML will focus in particular on the research of AI models for image-based damage identification (keyword Computer Vision) and the optimization of tank container cleaning.

Newest Documents for Download


Study "Machine Learning in Maritime Logistics"

Exploiting the value of data with machine learning is increasingly important for gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage in all segments of the maritime industry. 

Download the latest study about "Machine Learning in Maritime Logistics" now.


Green Shipping - Weatherrouting for efficiency increase

Shipping transports 90% of global goods while consuming 276 mega tonnes of fuel annually. This leads to an emission of 940 mega tonnes of CO2 and a contribution to 2.5 % of global Greenhouse Gas emissions annually. One approach to reduce these emissions is the application of adaptive weather routing solutions developed at Fraunhofer CML

Biomimetics in the Maritime Industry

Biomimetics deals with the transfer of natural phenomena to technical solutions. In the AIRCOAT project, a film is being developed at CML that imitates a special plant property and is intended to reduce the water resistance of ship hulls. Read more about the project in our latest publication (Copyright: Ship & Offshore).


SCEDAS Timekeeper

The analysis of all tasks on board, their durations and the qualifications of involved crew is the prerequisite for the assessment of crew demands. Furthermore, analyses of the gathered data provide insights into the work processes on board and give valuable support for business decisions.

Find out more, what SCEDAS® Timekeeper can do for you!

White Paper Maintenance Management released

A proper technical management and crewing of ships are nowadays of high importance, since expenses for crew as well as for maintenance make up a major part of the operating costs of merchant vessels. A smart integration of maintenance tasks into crew scheduling procedures is a key factor for an effective resource utilization and safe ship operation. Modern ways to improve their interaction based on mathematical optimization are presented in the latest white paper of Fraunhofer CML.



News from the European Maritime Simulator Network EMSN-Connect

CADETS, OFFICERS AND NAVIGATORS NOW EXPERIENCE COOPERATIVE TRAINING - this is the idea of EMSN Connect. Today, more than 10 maritime simulation centers with over 30 bridges are involved in the network. They use the platform for joint testing of new solutions for maritime communication and navigation as well as for training nautical personnel. For this purpose, complex virtual environments are created that provide realistic manoeuvring conditions. Read more in our flyer! 


Autonomous Vehicles in Ports


How should ports, understood as the community of companies and organisations operating in them, prepare for the arrival of automated or autonomous vehicles?

Answers to these questions can be found in the new study "Autonomous Vehicles' Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements" presented by the CML at the IAPH World Congress in China. Read the summary:


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