We have a lot to offer

Future-oriented maritime services build on the intelligent use of comprehensive data on ship navigation and operation, weather, cargo and markets along maritime transport chains. In the Ship and Fleet Management Department, we use the enormous potential of this database and develop, pilot and implement digital solutions for fleet management, ship operation and maritime services for you. In doing so, we combine innovative model- and data-based methods such as mathematical optimization and machine learning with business management approaches to create suitable solutions for your tasks. Our many years of experience in shipping and maritime logistics enable us to find a quick answer to your problem.

Our Services

Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems

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Intelligent systems in shipping and port operations are becoming increasingly important these days. We combine technologies from the fields of image and speech recognition to make shipping safer or to optimize processes in the port environment. The use of mobile devices and handhelds offers the opportunity to simplify the exchange of information on board and contributes to efficient processes in the maritime working environment. In order to test your new integrated applications at an early stage and make them interactive for all participants, we use physical as well as virtual models of networked systems including cloud connection, which enable the provision of data in real time.



Maritime BI and Machine Learning

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Today, machine learning is rightly considered a key technology for optimizing business processes in maritime logistics and shipping. In order to seize the opportunities it offers, we help you to convert your existing data into suitable key figures and insights by means of targeted evaluation, thus clearly highlighting existing potentials. In addition, we support you in the development and implementation of company-specific forecasting models as well as the integration of machine learning into existing solutions from proof-of-concept to live operation.


Digitalization of maritime logistics and software engineering


Digitalization and networking form the basis of the maritime logistics of the future. We support you in the design and implementation of your digitalization strategy to enable efficiency and quality improvements in your business processes. In doing so, we show which work processes can be digitized and automated and then implement your specific applications. When developing software for your needs, we offer you the full service portfolio from non-invasive methods for data acquisition to agile software development. We place a special emphasis on the cyber security aspect being an essential part of the design and development.

Maintenance Management and Service Concepts

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We support you with our many years of expertise in the analysis, evaluation and development of innovative predictive and condition-based maintenance solutions to continuously increase the availability of vessels. For established strategies such as Planned Maintenance, we offer optimization opportunities through targeted data evaluation to improve your maintenance regime. At the same time, we work with the maritime supply industry on new services and business models enabled by the digitalization of ship operations.

Optimized personnel requirements and deployment planning

With the SCEDAS® software suite, you benefit from a crewing solution that has proven itself over many years not only in practice from the container to the cruise industry, but also in application areas beyond the maritime industry. SCEDAS® offers you individual support for short-term personnel deployment planning on board by determining and proposing mathematically optimized, detailed watch and deployment plans. And we have also developed solutions for the medium- and long-term personnel and career planning of entire fleets. These solutions increase the ability to plan for seafarers, guarantee the quality requirements of customers and reduce costs at the same time.



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!


Digitalization of Service in the Maritime Supply Industry

The new VDMA study "Digitalization of Service in the Maritime Supply Industry" reveals important insights for the future of the maritime industry in Germany. Fraunhofer CML supported the Marine Equipment and Systems AG of the VDMA in conducting the study (available in German). 

White Paper Maintenance Management published

The CML presents in the white paper "Maintenance Management. Mathematically Optimized." the extension of the crew planning solution SCEDAS® with an optimized maintenance strategy. Up to 25% of the operational costs of ship operation are due to unplanned repairs. The addition of a technical management module enables the use of free personnel resources on board for planned maintenance measures, thus reducing expensive downtime.

Ship Operation 4.0 - White Paper on Data-Based Efficiency Improvement in Ship Operation Published

 As the basis for the next leap in efficiency in maritime transport and the associated decline in ship operating costs, the focus is on the use of data in the operating phase of the ship. The comprehensive availability of digital data will result in far-reaching changes. The white paper "Ship Operation 4.0" deals with the new opportunities and challenges. The study (in German) is available from Fraunhofer Verlag.


Information and communication: innovative technologies for more security

Sea Traffic Management is the European research project for improving the exchange of information and optimizing routing in maritime traffic. The aim of STM Validation is to make international maritime traffic more ecological, economical and efficient.

Actual Projects

ARTUS - Support for the sea rescuers

The CML is part of a project funded by the BMBF which is developing an automatic transcription solution for maritime radio traffic under the direction of the DGzRS. With the help of this technology, rescue units are provided with the contents of maritime radio messages in writing and simultaneously linked with sender information. The CML creates the basis for the neural network for speech recognition and supports transmitter localisation.


Optimization of personnel deployment and maintenance

With SCEDAS, the CML has developed a compliance-compatible software solution for the mathematically optimized deployment planning of the personnel of large ship fleets. The PLAIN project, in which the planning of maintenance tasks is to be integrated into SCEDAS, follows on from this.



Digitalization of the maritime transport chain

The new research project "MISSION - Manage Information Seamlessly in Ports and Hinterlands" at the CML, funded by the national IHATEC programme for innovative port technologies, uses new technologies.