Current Projects at the Institute of Maritime Logistics

The Institute of Maritime Logistics is currently working on the following research projects of different funding agencies:

BetCoB - Logistic Operating Curves for Ship-to-Shore Cranes

The aim of the DFG research project is to develop logistic operating curves for ship-to-shore cranes (STS cranes) and the terminal trucks used in horizontal transport. For this purpose, the project will model the interdependencies between the target variables of the container terminal and their main influencing variables on the one hand. On the other hand, based on these interdependencies, suitable procedures for designing the number of terminal trucks and for the important task of allocating transport orders to terminal trucks will be developed and varied. [more]

BePoT - Operating Characteristics for Gantry Cranes on Transshipment Terminals

The aim of this research project is, to develop throughput diagrams and operating characteristics for gantry cranes as a basis for model-based control on transshipment terminals. Based on this, the research project will develop a suitable system to plan and control truck arrivals. The project will be implemented in an interdisciplinary way in cooperation with the Institute of Production Management and Technology (IPMT) and the Institute of Maritime Logistics (MLS). [more]

DYNAPORT – Dynamic navigation and port call optimisation in real time

The aim of DYNAPORT is to develop new optimisation and coordination tools for ports and ships that reduce the fuel consumption of ships by at least 10% and increase the efficiency of ports to the same extent. Performance indicators (KPIs) are being developed to quantify and measure these savings. [more]

FIS V - Research Information System V (Forschungs-Informations-System V)

The Research Information System (FIS) is a scientifically based information portal on the topics of transport, mobility and urban development, available at The MLS provides technical and editorial support for 12 knowledge maps and their approximately 305 synthesis reports in the field of "freight transport and logistics, maritime transport and inland navigation". [more]

FLEXIKING - Continuous Adjustment of Truck Handling Time Windows through Flexible Artificial Intelligence

As part of the FLEXIKING project, work is being carried out on a collaborative and flexible system for time slot booking (ZFB). This ZFB concept is flexible in that it continuously takes into account the respective framework conditions when providing handling windows at the transshipment point per period. Collaborative is the ZFB concept in that it provides a mechanism by which both parties can renegotiate previously allocated time slots. [more]

Glasshouse - Feasibility study on an AI-supported booking platform for the Port of Hamburg

The aim of the Glasshouse project is to carry out a feasibility study to examine what data is available to stakeholders in the Port of Hamburg and how this data can be used to improve capacity planning at the packing station and thus reduce emissions caused by waiting trucks. In addition to the packing plants, dispatchers, truck drivers and haulage companies would also be potential beneficiaries or users of such an improved flow of information. [more]

InteGreatDrones - Automated drone system for targeted data collection and utilisation in multi-purpose and inland terminals

As part of the InteGreatDrones project, we are investigating the extent to which autonomous drone systems can be integrated into inland ports in order to fully monitor the activities and processes of the terminals. On the one hand, the flying sensor network should avoid stationary and expensive sensor infrastructures and, on the other hand, optimise terminal operations. [more]

LogReview - Use of AIS data to optimize O&M logistics in offshore wind farms

Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES), the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML) and Tractebel DOC Offshore GmbH, the Institute of Maritime Logistics (MLS) will evaluate AIS data from ships to analyze and optimize logistics processes for the operation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines. AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a radio system that continuously transmits the position, course and speed and other ship data (ship name, call sign, MMSI number, etc.) of the vessel concerned. The Institute of Maritime Logistics will be primarily responsible for the subproject "Application of AIS data for collision safety in the operational phase". [more]

Zero C - Enhancing Knowledge and Skills at WB HEIs in Preparation for Zero Carbon Maritime Transport and Logistics Society

The Zero C project aims to create the necessary conditions in higher education in Albania and Montenegro to provide the shipping industry or governmental institutions with competent and industry-oriented employees. These employees of the future can either solve challenges such as decarbonization, energy transition and logistics optimization in practice or implement IMO and EU policies in the shipping sector. The project therefore supports the capacities of maritime Higher Education Institutions in the West Balkan. [more]