Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services

The Fraunhofer CML

The Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML develops innovative solutions for the maritime sector and the maritime supply chain. We support companies and institutions from shipping, port management and logistics in initiating and implementing future-oriented technologies and processes. 



Our new research building

On August 29, 2022 our new building at the Harburg Lotsekanal was celebrated - see here the film about the construction of the building:


Newsletter 3.22

Read here about the Fraunhofer booth at SMM 2022: autonomous research boats, maritime robotics and laser scanning systems underwater. Enjoy reading!



Maritime Innovation Update - online updates every Friday at 12 noon

What is the status of new innovations for the maritime industry? What practical solutions are there and what is currently being researched? Sign up for our MIU Maritime Innovation Updates - solutions and innovations for the maritime industry in 15 minutes.  


SMM 2022 - Visit Fraunhofer in Hall B6, Booth 327!

Autonomous research boats, maritime robotics and underwater laser scanning systems - innovative applications for the maritime sector at the Fraunhofer booth at SMM 2022.

Selected Documents for Download


New study on autonomous ships

Arguments for autonomous shipping can be found in more favorable cost structures and more punctual travel times. The authors of our new study have examined these relationships in detail. Read more in the extended outline of the study! 


Quantum Computing in Maritime Logistics

The Fraunhofer CML combines knowledge and experience in maritime logistics, mathematical optimization, and quantum computing, making it the perfect candidate to support businesses in adopting this new technology. Read about new applications in our White Paper!


AR Deployment on Board - New White Paper Published

The use of augmented reality offers great opportunities to perform maneuvers even more safely and efficiently than before. Read our new white paper to find out what opportunities are opening up and how we support companies in implementing them.


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.


Web Service Layer - Next Generation

The Web Service Layer provided by Fraunhofer CML is designed to deal with complex robotic systems. Even when there are multiple operators simultaneously controlling multiple robotic systems remotely, the integrity and traceability of data are guaranteed through the authentication and access control mechanism. 

Biomimetic Solutions - Nature Inspired Technological Advancement

Evolution over the past three billion years has generated a diversity of biological solutions. Biomimetics can function as a strategic concept to create highly innovative and sustainable biomimetic solutions throughout all industries. FInd out more in our product sheet. 

SCEDAS - Workforce Planning. Mathematically Optimized.

SCEDAS® is a software system for personnel deployment that supports the planner in calculating detailed work schedules. Read here how SCEDAS® makes personnel planning more flexible and helps to optimize it.


Study "Machine Learning in Maritime Logistics"

Download the study on "Machine Learning in Maritime Logistics" now and read about it in the HANSA International Maritime Journal!

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