Research infrastructure

Maritime Campus Elsfleth: Marikom gGmbH, Maritime Training Center Wesermarsch, Jade University

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eMIR – Maritime Integrated Testbed

The generic test field eMIR (e-Maritime Integrated Reference Platform), designed and implemented in cooperation with the DLR Institute for Transport Systems Technology and for Communication and Navigation, has been used since 2014 to research and develop innovative procedures, methods and tools for development, verification and validation (V + V) of new maritime systems. As in other industries (automotive, aviation), maritime systems will also have an increasingly higher degree of automation in the future and enable the systems to react directly to influences from their physical environment, such as the current traffic situation. This poses new challenges for development departments and certification bodies. There is currently still a lack of validation procedures that provide evidence of their functionality (verification) and practicality (validation) during the development of such highly automated systems and that are suitable for certification. Such security procedures are, however, absolutely necessary in order to comply with security requirements and to promote trust in such systems. Accordingly, efficient procedures, methods and tools for V + V must be researched and provided.

As an internationally known maritime test field for industry, small and medium-sized companies and research institutes, eMIR offers the opportunity to research and develop highly automated maritime assistance systems and concepts for autonomous ships. These can be tested under virtual and real conditions in eMIR. Functions that arise during the development of automated systems and technologies are successively tested using the test field. eMIR offers three main uses in researching and developing such systems and technologies: data collection and analysis, performing simulations and physical experiments, and testing and demonstration.

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Maritime technical center (beginning in autumn 2020)

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Center of Modeling and Simulation

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Ship command simulators

As part of the 30th Maritime Navigation Day in Elsfleth in May 2001, the newly built ship handling simulator of the Maritime and Logistics Department was put into operation. The large device was built by Kongsberg Maritime Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of simulation systems, to replace the previous radar simulator.

The central facilities of the device are five fully equipped ship bridges, all of which are equipped with extensive vision systems, two ARPA radars each and an electronic nautical chart.

The simulation system was primarily acquired for the training of young nautical professionals and was designed for this purpose. It is available to students of the department and the Wesermarsch vocational school. The practical training at the department in Elsfleth, which has already had the largest share of simulator training in the course compared to other nautical training institutions, will continue to benefit from this and thus prepare the students even better for the tasks at work.


In addition to a wide range of training opportunities, the modern system can also be used for research purposes. An investigation is currently being carried out on the existing device by the departments of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Oldenburg. a. concerned with evaluation criteria for training on simulators. The University of Applied Sciences participates in this investigation with regard to the evaluation of student performance required by the STCW.

Furthermore, a training / advanced training program for pilots will have to be developed in cooperation with various pilot brotherhoods; An interest of the pilots in this has been announced since the reduction of the required travel times.
With the pilots and in cooperation with the waterways and shipping directorates, planned changes can e.g. B. the fairway and fairway designations of the Elbe, Weser, Jade and Ems are tested on the simulator for their benefits for the safety of traffic before they are executed. This is only possible on the simulator in Elsfleth at no additional cost, as the German areas of the North Sea coast are completely stored as realistically mapped databases for exercises in the devices.

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