Maritime Industry

  • Business sector with tradition
  • World market leader and special shipbuilding
  • Marine technology of the future

Industry in brief

With over 381 kilometers of outer coastline, the northeast offers ideal conditions for the maritime industry. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has 13 port locations. With a water depth of 14.50 m, the Rostock seaport is Germany's deepest Baltic port and thus also designed for very large ships. Companies locating in the northeast benefit from available land near the port. Added to this is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's role as a hub for passenger traffic and the exchange of goods in the Baltic Sea region. Thus, 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 generously supported in MV. Attractive support instruments of the state can be used for the establishment of a business site. In addition, the acquisition and production costs of new fixed assets are subsidized. As a full-service provider, we support you in applying for subsidies from MV and the EU. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Workforce and networks

    Rostock University of Applied Sciences

    The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture with its versatile courses of study forms a powerful focus for practice-oriented engineering education. The research focus of the faculty includes 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, which was founded in 1968. Thus, the University of Rostock is one of the oldest teaching and research institutions in the field of marine engineering in Germany. Teaching is mainly focused 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 focuses primarily on the development, validation and application of theoretical and experimental methods for the reliable prediction of loads, motions and deformation of a wide variety of marine engineering structures. In connection with ensuring a guaranteed service life of 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. In addition to maritime-related teaching, the fields of study of plant and supply engineering, traffic operations/logistics, and electrical engineering for shipbuilding are also established 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 the alliance and actively supports the networking of the maritime industry.

    Forschungsverbund Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.

    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 in the transfer of 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 the associated engineering, industry-related research, education and training and the equally relevant departments from the universities in the state of MV. In addition to exchange, know-how transfer and representation of interests, a 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 in Germany. It sees itself as the supporting association and management of the Ocean Technology Campus in Rostock. SMN e. V. 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 in particular for questions of technology developments or technology testing and paves 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. The proximity to the coast and the many ports predestine the location for pioneering work in the field of ship and boat building.

    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has numerous projects and institutes that create real solutions for the industry - for a 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 processes 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 in the knowledge area of the maritime industry under real conditions. The Fraunhofer Institute was able to win 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 sustainable use of the oceans. As a cross-institute research network of underwater technology, the Smart Ocean Technologies research group operates in the context of 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, biological habitats of the Baltic Sea are studied and analyzed.

  • investment location MV

    The maritime industry looks back on a long tradition in MV

    • 13 port locations along 381 kilometers of outer coastline
    • good transport infrastructure (road, rail, air and sea)
    • available land close to the port
    • short distances to authorities and agencies
    • competent advice for your investment project

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  • HanseYachts

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    What do our customers say?

    Geschäftsführer Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH

    Leopold Berthold

    „Unser Standort in Rostock ist heute mit über 1.600 Mitarbeitenden das maritime Herz der Firmengruppe Liebherr. Die direkte Anbindung an die Ostsee bietet beste logistische Voraussetzungen für den Versand unserer Geräte.“

    Geschäftsführer Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH

    Dr.-Ing. Lars Greitsch

    „Wir sind Weltmarktführer für Schiffspropeller, weil ein Schwerpunkt unserer Unternehmensentwicklung die Forschung ist. Dauerhafte Kooperationen mit wissenschaftlichen Einrichtungen und Verbundprojekten bilden das Rückgrat der MMG-Forschung. So können wir den Anforderungen immer einen Schritt voraus sein. So sichern wir, dass unsere Propeller auch weiterhin weltweit Innovationsträger sind.“

    Hanjo Runde, Vorstandsvorsitzender HanseYachts AG

    Carlo Schmidt

    „Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bietet uns als einem der größten Yachthersteller der Welt sehr gute Rahmenbedingungen. Seit 1990 produzieren wir mit einem hoch qualifizierten und hoch motivierten Team in Greifswald an der Ostseeküste Segel- und Motoryachten und realisieren damit Lebensträume unserer Kunden. Von Europa aus gehen unsere Yachten in die ganze Welt, und davon nicht wenige direkt über das Meer.“

    Geschäftsführer Neptun Werft GmbH & Co. KG

    Bernard Meyer

    „In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern gibt es eine starke Leidenschaft für den Schiffbau. Wir glauben an die Fähigkeiten und den Mut sowohl der Mannschaft der Neptun Werft in Wismar als auch unseres Meyer-Teams, das größte in Deutschland gebaute und weltweit erste vollständig methanolbetriebene Kreuzfahrtschiff fertigzustellen. Das wird ein weiteres innovatives Kapitel in der langen Geschichte des Schiffbaus hier vor Ort sein.“

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