Presentation – ISL

The Institute for Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) was founded in Bremen in 1954. With the combination of tradition and modern science, it has positioned itself as one of Europe’s leading institutes for maritime research, advice and know-how transfer. Today around 40 employees work in interdisciplinary teams in Bremen and Bremerhaven on projects from all over the world. From various projects, the ISL has in-depth know-how about maritime processes along intermodal logistics chains and corresponding contacts in the maritime industry.

ISL has with its competence areas „Maritime Environment“, „Maritime Simulation“ and „Maritime Intelligence“ a broad know-how acquired over many years in relation to port and hinterland processes. Current projects deal with the optimization of these processes and underline the expertise of the ISL in relation to ecological port management. MaritIEm provides a new aspect in these considerations. Ongoing projects are:

  • Port project „DocksTheFuture“ (EU framework program Horizon 2020):
    Definition of the port of the future in particular with regard to emission reduction, the energy transition and the use of renewable energies. Elaboration of a roadmap until 2030.
  • HOLIShip (EU framework program Horizon 2020):
    Multi-target and multidisciplinary ship design system that offers existing and novel software tools for improved ship design with reduced design and development times. Collection of models and software tools for design optimization and simulation.
  • Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum Bremen (BMWi): digital transformation in SMEs. Digitization of goods handling and port-hinterland traffic.
  • BREsilient – Resiliente Zukunftsstadt Bremen (BMBF): strategy for adapting to the consequences of climate change developed at municipal and state level.
  • Vesseltraffic / Elbe simulation (HPA – Hamburg) – quantification of the greenhouse gas CO2 and the air pollutants NOx, SOx and PM for the port of Hamburg and the Elbe inlet since 2005
  • Vesseltraffic / ECOPAW (bremenports – Bremerhaven) – quantification of the greenhouse gas CO2 and the air pollutants NOx, SOx and PM for the ports of Bremerhafen and Bremen, as well as the Weser inlet since 2012
  • Syncrolog (BMBF) – technology-based service system for the synchronization of handling and transport processes in intermodal logistics chains
  • Rang-E (BMVI / IHATEC) – Increasing the efficiency of shunting processes in seaports through process optimization and automation
  • Market Based Instruments for Abatement of Emissions from Shipping – A pilot project for the Baltic Sea, Umweltbundesamt – Dessau
  • Reducing the sulfur content of shipping fuels further to 0.1% in the North Sea and Baltic Sea in 2015, VDR
  • SEAM (EU Commission) – formulation of safety and environmental standards as well as the development of measures and procedures to reduce the effects of ship operations on the marine environment in the areas of ballast water, antifouling paints and air emissions (NOx)

Many of these projects have successfully carried out forerunners at national and European level, e.g. SCORE, Quality Shipping 2015, Prodis, CORE and SELIS. In addition, the ISL has developed a detailed modeling of the hinterland transport chains in container traffic as part of various projects for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Bremen / Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven and has become the market leader in this area.

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