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. 



Project AIRCOAT - "Flying on Water"

After 4 years of intense work, the AIRCOAT Project is organising a hybrid final event to present its research approach, developments and results. Join us on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 from 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM GMT at Oceanology International in London, UK.


Free Webinar "How AI Is Automating Navigating Systems" on January 26

Artificial Intelligence (AI) - or in other words hardware and software elements that mimic human capacity for observing, understanding and decision-making - is expected to play a major role in current and especially autonomous navigation systems. Register for free and meet Hans-Christoph Burmeister from Fraunhofer CML online at 10:00-10:45 a.m.


Newsletter 4.21 available

Read our current newsletter now with the topics: Digitalization of maritime services in the supply industry, automation and simulation of maritime shipping, emission measurement in maritime transport.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue, wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2022.


Fleet Management Systems - new edition published

In order to adequately meet today's challenges, the use of an efficient fleet management system tailored to one's own needs is more important than ever. The study provides shipping companies and ship management companies with an insight and orientation into the solutions available on the market as well as general market developments.


NEW: 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.  


Press release - New berth in northern Europe

A new research platform established by Novia University of Applied Sciences and Fraunhofer CML develops intelligent maritime solutions for the needs of the Finnish Maritime Cluster in cooperation with TechCampus Turku and companies in the field. 

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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.


New TOS-Study 2021

Targeted data analysis enables almost infinite possibilities for gaining specific information and optimizing processes, and the evolution of AI use is far from complete. Learn more in our study on Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) on the implications of AI on the way terminals are managed today and in the near future.

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"!


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!

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).

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