New Building for Fraunhofer CML

Ceremonial inauguration of the new CML building

On 29 August 2022, the new building of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML at the Lotsekanal in Harburg's inland harbour was ceremoniously opened. The inauguration of the new building took place in the presence of the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr Peter Tschentscher, the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, the President of the Technical University of Hamburg, Prof. Andreas Timm-Giel, and the Director of the CML, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn. Afterwards, around 100 guests from politics, business, science and the neighbourhood visited the maritime-looking new landmark. 

Mounting the Antenna Platform

In early March 2022, the antenna platform was mounted on the roof of the new building, reinforcing the visual association of a ship. The platform will carry radar and antennas for radio and data transmission and will also enable proprietary 5G applications.

Progress in Interior Design

Most of the glass walls of the offices are in place and the kitchens, laboratories and elevators are being prepared. 


Outlook on the offices

The interior work is progressing, the partition walls have been built and the office sizes can be seen. In the workshops, the shafts have been laid, exhaust air systems have been installed and the power connections have been made. The kitchen and the sanitary facilities will follow next, but there is still a lot to do in the remaining buildings. Until then, we will keep you informed:

Impressions from the new Building Shell

The video shows the status of our new building in February 2021.

Completion of the Building Shell

© Fraunhofer CML

In the fall of 2020, the shell of our new building was completed. Subsequently, the completion of the building hull against wind and weather was implemented, so that the interior work could begin in the protected building. 


Ready for a Drone Flight?

The drone video shows the status of construction in late summer 2020.

Laying of the foundation stone for the new CML building on 26.6.2019

On 26.6.2019, the foundation stone for the new Fraunhofer CML building in Harburg's inland port was laid in the most beautiful summer weather. The head of the CML, Professor Carlos Jahn, sank the time capsule together with Hamburg's First Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher. More information and pictures can be found in our press release.

© Marco Grundt

General Information

By now, a construction crane has been erected on the site by the Lotsekanal and the ground plate of our new building has been largely completed. At the beginning of 2020 we will start building construction, which could already have reached the ground floor and the first floor by spring. The building is scheduled to be completed in the course of the year, and the building should be ready for moving-in in the second half of 2021.

In 2019, the sheet piling on the Lotse and Kaufhaus Kanal was extensively renovated. A public path along these waterways will be accessible after completion of the construction. The foundation was completed by mid-2019. 111 screw piles were driven into the ground to ensure a stable foundation for the eight-storey building.  

The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone with greetings from the First Mayor of Hamburg, the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the President of the TU Hamburg and the architect of the building took place at the end of June 2019.

A total of €20 million has been budgeted for the project. Half of the new building and the initial equipment of the Fraunhofer CML will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).