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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.

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.


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.

On 17 May 2019, the first conference on automated inland and coastal waterway navigation will take 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.

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