Safety, efficiency, sustainability, economy – these requirements are often in conflict with each other and need to be reconciled. Especially in context of digitalisation and the rising environmental awareness in society, the challenges for all players involved in maritime transport are growing.
The Waterborne Group of the Fraunhofer Transport Alliance is an association of Fraunhofer Institutes which has the goal of supporting shipowners, shipyards, ports, logistics service providers and the maritime supply industry in meeting these requirements.
The spectrum of research topics ranges from the development of assistance systems on the basis of augmented reality right through to port and terminal planning, the economic analysis of maritime industry and logistics as well as the modelling of environmental policy and market analysis of technological developments in the maritime industry and shipping.
Further research topics are the planning and dimensioning of complete production facilities for shipbuilding plants, site planning by integrating the latest IT possibilities up to integrated modelling of traffic volume, evaluation of system reliability, system monitoring and testing, special radar, development of human-machine interfaces, optimisation of production processes and manufacturing methods as well as the development of new design concepts for special ships.