Maritime Industry

  • Business sector with a strong heritage
  • Global market leader in special shipbuilding
  • Marine technologies of the future

Industry in brief

With over 236 miles (381 km) of outer coastline, the northeast offers ideal conditions for the maritime industry. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has 13 port locations. With a water depth of 47.5 ft (14.50 m), Rostock is Germany's deepest Baltic port, highly suited to very large ships. Companies locating in the northeast can capitalize on available land near the port. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also a hub for passenger traffic and trade across the Baltic Sea region, and there is close cooperation with Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Full speed ahead

With generous funding programs, intensive research and development, qualified specialists and a productive industry network, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern puts your maritime industry investments on the right course.

  • Funding

    Technology, innovation and collaborative research are funded generously in MV. In addition, new asset acquisition and production costs are subsidized. The state can provide up to 45% towards  establishing a business facility. As a full-service provider, we support you in applying for subsidies from MV and the EU. Please do not hesitate to ask us.

  • Workforce and networks

    Rostock University of Applied Sciences

    The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture with versatile courses of study forms a powerful focus for practice-oriented engineering education. Its research areas include energy and fluid dynamics, maritime systems, mechatronics and propulsion technology as well as applied mechanics and materials engineering.

    The Chair of Marine Engineering was established on October 1, 1992. It emerged from the Chair of Fishery Engineering founded in 1968. The University of Rostock is one of the oldest teaching and research institutions in the field of marine engineering in Germany. Teaching is mainly on theoretical and experimental methods for the design of floating and moored offshore systems as well as unmanned underwater vehicles and systems. In its application-oriented basic research, the Chair of Marine Engineering looks primarily at the development, validation and application of theoretical and experimental methods for the reliable prediction of loads, motions and deformation in a wide variety of marine engineering structures. To help ensure a guaranteed service life for underwater systems, experimental analyses of material aging of polymer materials under marine service conditions are also part of the research portfolio.

    Wismar University of Applied Sciences

    Wismar University of Applied Sciences has a degree program in Maritime, Systems Engineering and Logistics (SAL). Academic education has been offered on the Warnemünde campus since 1952, including internationally recognized maritime education since 1969. Plant and supply engineering, traffic operations/logistics, and electrical engineering for shipbuilding are also taught at SAL.

    Since 2011, the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany has been promoting the networking of the various players in the maritime industry. Since January 2015, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been a member of this alliance and actively supports the networking in the maritime industry.

    Forschungsverbund Mecklenburg-Vorpommern research network

    Since 1995, Forschungsverbund Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. has been supporting companies and research with effective programs, selected network partners, research know-how and practical project experience for transferring product ideas via technology and financing checks to market success.

    RIC MAZA MV e. V.

    RIC MAZA MV e. V. is an alliance of regional companies from the medium-sized maritime industry as well as associated engineering, industry-related research, education and training, and relevant departments from the universities in the state of MV. In addition to exchange, know-how transfer and representation of interests, goal-oriented interdisciplinary cooperation takes place in five subject-specific project groups.

    Subsea Monitoring Network e. V.

    The Subsea Monitoring Network e. V. is a leading business network for subsea technologies in Germany and a nationwide contact for marine research and technology. It supports  the Ocean Technology Campus in Rostock. SMN is a platform for the entire value chain of the industry and works to strengthen it through active lobbying, networking, and the bundling of information and know-how. The network for underwater technologies is available to answer questions about technology developments or testing, paving the way for contact with industry companies, universities, research institutions, testing opportunities or test fields and politics.

  • Research and development

    The maritime industry is very important in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Proximity to the coast and its many ports have made it the location for pioneering work in ship and boat building.

    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has numerous projects and institutes creating real solutions for the maritime industry of tomorrow. These include the Fraunhofer Application Center for Large Structures in Production Engineering in Rostock. Based on applied research, concepts for product and process innovations for many future industries such as shipbuilding and steel construction are realized within the framework of research and development projects with cooperation partners from industry.

    The Institute for Innovative Ship Simulation and Maritime Systems (ISSIMS) in Wismar conducts research in the specialist field of simulation in maritime systems. The focus of its research is on making processes and procedures in shipping safer and more efficient.

    In the future, the OTC project with its test field, the Digital Ocean Lab, will regularly research new technologies under real conditions. The Fraunhofer Institute has won a wide variety of partners from industry and research for the project. The interdisciplinary Fraunhofer research group develops forward-looking marine technology and new solutions for the sustainable use of the oceans. As a cross-institute research network for underwater technology, the Smart Ocean Technologies research group operates in the Ocean Technology Campus, Rostock.

    At the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, the focus is on marine research. There the most diverse habitats of the Baltic Sea are studied and analyzed.

  • investment location MV

    MV’s maritime industry looks back on a long tradition and looks ahead to the future

    • 13 port locations along 237 miles (381 km) of outer coastline
    • good transport infrastructure (road, rail, air and sea)
    • available land close to ports
    • convenient authorities and agencies
    • competent advice for your investment project

From here to the whole world

  • Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH

    Liebherr is a quality and technology leader in the manufacture of cranes and handling equipment for maritime applications. In 2005, Liebherr commissioned an additional production facility for the manufacture of large scale maritime cranes and ...

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  • Mecklenburger Metallguss

    This company is one of the world market leaders in marine components with top products of the highest quality. It has produced ship propellers for the largest container ships in the world and the Queen Mary 2 amongst others. Innovation is driven by ...

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  • Deckma

    Deckma GmbH, headquartered in Hamburg, is a supplier for the shipbuilding and offshore industry, with a project planning and lighting design office in Rostock. Products include technical and decorative lighting systems, spotlights and heaters, and ...

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  • Neptun Werft

    Neptun Werft Rostock is the market leader in river cruise shipbuilding, and has been part of the Meyer Group since 1997. The engine room modules for two cruise shipyards in Papenburg and Turku, Finland, are built in Rostock. In addition, Neptun Werft ...

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  • HanseYachts

    HanseYachts build yachts in one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world , and the old Hanseatic city of Greifswald is the ideal location for a yacht shipyard. Founded in 1990, the company is now one of the largest manufacturers of ...

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    What do our clients say?

    Managing Director Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH

    Leopold Berthold

    “With over 1,600 employees, our site in Rostock is today the maritime heart of the Liebherr Group. The direct connection to the Baltic Sea offers the best logistics for shipping our equipment.“

    Managing Director Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH

    Dr.-Ing. Lars Greitsch

    “We are the world market leader for marine propellers because one focus in our corporate development is research. Long-term cooperation with scientific institutions and joint projects form the backbone of MMG research. This enables us to always be one step ahead of demand. This is how we ensure that our propellers continue to be innovation leaders worldwide.“

    CEO HanseYachts AG

    Hanjo Runde

    “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers us, as one of the largest yacht manufacturers in the world, very good conditions. Since 1990, we have been producing sailing and motor yachts with a highly qualified and motivated team in Greifswald on the Baltic Sea coast, and so realizing our customers' lifelong dreams. From Europe, our yachts go all over the world, and quite a few of them sail directly across the sea.“

    Managing Director Neptun Werft GmbH & Co. KG

    Bernard Meyer

    “There is a strong passion for shipbuilding in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. We believe in the capabilities and courage of our team at Neptun Werft in Wismar and our Meyer team to complete the largest cruise ship built in Germany and the world's first fully methanol-powered ship. It is another innovative chapter in the long history of shipbuilding here locally.“

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