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With a total of six ongoing projects, DST was represented well at the European transport research conference “Transport Research Arena 2024” in Dublin.

As part of the two-year study RAIN, options for action for inland ports are being developed in response to the ongoing automation of inland shipping.

DST investigates logistics concepts with small automated inland vessels in new Horizon Europe research project.

DST is once again dedicated to research in the field of offshore wind energy and is coordinating the CableProtect project

The design process of the IWT Demo Use Case in the SEAMLESS research project has started with a workshop at DST on 1 June 2023.

The European research project examines the waterborne logistics of the future by making use of automated elements on the water and ashore.

Kick-off meeting of SYNERGETICS took place at DST on 8 and 9 February 2023.

On 19.01.2023 the DST was represented with the project Ella at the mobility congress of the IHK NRW. In the Mercatorhalle in Duisburg, representatives from the transport industry and politics discussed the topic “Verkehrswende Güterverkehr” in the afternoon. Among the invited speakers was NRW Transport Minister Oliver Krischer.


The study was a measure from the IWT Masterplan (Masterplan Binnenschifffahrt) of the German Federal Transport Ministry.

From 14 to 17 November 2022, the 9th Transport Research Arena took place in Lisbon, Portugal. DST was represented by the departments “Logistics and Transport” and “Experiments, Fleet Modernisation and Emissions” and presented three scientific publications on the topics “innovative hubs” and “greening freight transport”.

As part of the networking conference IHATEC/DigiTest of the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport, the research project CoboTank has been presented to a broad expert audience on 28 September 2022 in Berlin.

The logistics projects CoboTank, DeConTrans and HaFoLa were subject of five presentations in three weeks in August and September.

The fourth meeting of the monitoring research group took place at the DST on 1st September 2022. At this meeting, the two working groups focusing on the topics of propulsion systems & alternative fuels and innovative ship concepts have been presented.

The European research project MultiRELOAD develops solutions for the digitalization and automation of inland ports along the rivers Rhine and Danube.

The research project entitled “Development and testing of collaborative and automated robotic systems to support the loading process of tankers” started with a kick-off event in Duisburg.

In May and June, several DST research results were published and presented at conferences throughout Europe.

The members of the joint expert committee ‘Economy and Logistics’ of Federal Association of Public Inland Ports (BÖB) and the Association for European Inland Navigation and Waterways (VBW) have visited DST and HaFoLa in Duisburg.

On 28 March 2022, the online event ‘Urban supply via the waterway’ took place as part of the event series ‘JRF on site’. It was also designed as the final event of the research project ‘DeConTrans – Innovative concepts for a decentralized waterborne container transport’ with the participation of both DST and RIF, two of the JRF member institutes.

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Plenty of potential for modal shift does exist for IWT in northern and northeastern Germany – but also for further optimization.

The register with selected projects and an overview of news and events within the field of inland waterway transport is now online and is updated regularly.

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The Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems e. V. (DST) and Port of Hamburg Marketing e. V. (HHM) have signed a mutual association membership.

Einladung zur Online-Veranstaltung “Die Bedeutung der Binnenschifffahrt in Europa” Inland waterway transport is part of an efficient and resource-saving transport system – this is also how the European Commission describes it in its White Paper on Tran

The project started with a meeting at BASF, after which DST began developing the tanker in a consortium. The aim was to significantly improve the tanker’s capacity, even at very shallow drafts, in order to improve supplies to the Ludwigshafen production site in the low water season. CFD calculations and model tests followed later, with promising results. BASF has now commissioned the shipping company STOLT to build the ship and put it into service by the end of 2022.

December 2020 research project MariData has started. It sets out to develop a Decision-Support-System (DSS) for sea-going vessels. At DST, the focus is on shallow water waves and the vessel’s hydrodynamic in such conditions.

The joint research project “FlaBi”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Eco-nomic Affairs and Energy, was launched in December 2020. The project deals with the de-velopment of dedicated ships for extreme shallow water conditions. The DST is responsible for the coordination of the joint project and carries out its own sub-project “FlaBiTec”.

With the Horizon2020 project completing this month, the final demonstrator was presented at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). At DST the superstructure to represent the results of two substantial work packages (WPs) has been designed and manufactured.

Final results of the SmartSt@rt project presented at JRF event. The Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF) held an event titled “The Local Integration of Refugees – Experiences from NRW” at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dü

The DeConTrans research project is concerned, among other things, with the design and development of small, hybrid-electric powered vessels for the decentralized transport of containers in the West German canal network and adjacent waterways.

The VeLABi was opened at DST by Dr. Hendrik Schulte, State Secretary in the NRW Ministry of Transport, on October 22, 2020.


During his visit to DST, the transport minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mr. Hendrik Wüst, has handed over the grant approval of the new Port Research Lab to the consortium and visited the Test and Control Centre Autonomous Inland Shipping (VeLABi).

Inland shipping, known to be a reliable, safe and environment-friendly transport mode, is essential for a sustainable transport in the future. With approx. 230 million tons of transported goods per year and roundabout four hundred thousand employees a competitive industry and economic prosperity can only be guaranteed by an innovative inland shipping. Securing and even strengthening its ability to compete, research and innovation is crucial for a clean and modern fleet.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bettar Ould El Moctar, institute director of DST – Development Center of Ship Technology and Transport Systems and Chair of the Institute of Ship Technology, Ocean Engineering and Transport Systems of the University of Duisburg-Essen, ha

For two weeks in January 2020, extensive model testing of the Space@Sea concept took place at DST’s shallow water basin. The project aims to design multi-use, affordable and standardised floaters that can be assembled to large platforms with arbitrary

In order to strengthen inland waterways as a reliable and efficient mode of transportation and to mitigate the risk of a gridlock on the road, DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen GmbH (DeltaPort Lower Rhine ports) – an association of the ports in Rheinberg-Orso

The set-up of the new Test and Control Centre Autonomous Inland Shipping at the DST Development Centre of Ship Technology and Transport Systems has begun in October 2019. The new centre is built by three research partners – DST, University of Duisburg-

Germany’s largest trade fair about inland waterway transportation. In September, this year’s “Shipping Technics Logistics 2019” trade fair took place in Kalkar. Germany. The DST presented the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the city of Duisburg and

Second milestone event in the research project DeConTrans. The second milestone event of the research project “Innovative concepts for a decentralized waterborne container transport” (DeConTrans) took place in Duisburg on September 4th, 2019. The proje

From 23 to 26 July 2019 the 14th OpenFOAM Workshop took place in Duisburg.

EDRF-funded Research Project DeConTrans. On April 10, 2019, the Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF) organized together with the DST – Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems an event of its event-series “JRF on Site” at the DST

Feasibility study submitted on 05 November 2018 On 5 November 2018, the feasibility study “Perspectives for the use of hydrogen as a fuel in inland navigation” was handed over to the Verein für europäische Binnenschifffahrt und Wasserstraßen e.V. in Du

10.10.2018 – Save the Date: JRF event “Electromobility On October 10, 2018, a free and public JRF event on the topic of “Electromobility” will take place in Düsseldorf with the participation of the NRW Minister of Economics, Innovation, Digitization an

On 30th of October, the kick-off meeting takes place for the project “Innovative concepts for decentralised container transport on inland waterways (DeConTrans)”. Together with the research and transfer partner “Institut für Forschung und Transfer” (RI

Again this year the DST took part in Girls’Day with 2 interested students. Due to the complex tasks within the institute, the girls were given a brief insight into the various areas: In the carpenter’s workshop and the mechanical workshop a small insig

On 27 January 2017, interested visitors were once again given the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at various laboratories and facilities of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The DST, as the An-Institut of the UDE, also took part in this ev

The DST took part in Girls’ Day for the first time on 27 April 2017 and offered 2 places for schoolgirls.  We were able to introduce the girls to our interesting topics and then inspire them with theoretical “practical” exercises on the simulator. Expe

For the fifth time, Allianz Esa has awarded the »Inland Shipping Innovation Prize« at the »Forum Binnenschifffahrt«. This year the prize went to the shipowner Steffen Augspurger and the scientist Joachim Zöllner (DST) for their jointly developed Flex-t

Within the research project MariGreen, DST successfully completed extensive model tests.

On his 24 April 2017 visit to Duisburg the new Secretary General of CCNR Bruno Georges, who replaced Hans van der Werf in November 2016, was able to see for himself, which role an inland shipping simulator can play within education and training.

Within the scope of an international kick-off event in Papenburg the Interreg VA project ‘LNG pilots’ has started on 18th November 2016.  Under the leadership of Energy Valley (Groningen) about 35 partners from North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and

On behalf of IWAI (Inland Waterways Authority of India) the DST will design new inland waterway ship types to develop inland navigation on the „National Waterway 1“ (Ganges-Bhagirathi-Hooghly) in order to shift freight transport from road and rail to the water.

At the invitation of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Binnenschifffahrt (Federal Association of the German Inland Shipping) Transport Minister Dobrindt visited Duisburg on 12 July to get an updated impression of the situation within the inland navigation sector

Kick-off E-Binnenschiff

With a kick-off event all partners involved started the research project „E-Binnenschiff“ on 7 July 2016 at the DST.

Prof. Dr.-Ing H. H. Heuser

The opening of the 37th Duisburg Colloquium „Ships, Offshore Structures and Digitisation“ started with the granting of the honorary membership to Professor Hans Heiner Heuser for his outstanding activities and support of the DST for more than 60 years.

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