Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute

Hamburg Office

The Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) is the technical and scientific authority of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). It is the central provider of consultancy and expert opinion services to the BMVI and the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) relating to their waterways engineering tasks and in particular concerning their construction supervision responsibility for ensuring that all federal waterway structures and facilities comply with safety and other regulations.

Through its work in Karlsruhe and Hamburg, the BAW is helping to ensure that the waterways in Germany meet the growing technical, economic and ecological requirements. BAW has extensive expertise and experience in the field of waterways engineering and is involved in the ongoing development of this discipline, also in research projects of various kinds.

German Coastal Engineering Research Council


The BAW in Hamburg houses the office and the library of the German Coastal Engineering Research Council (KFKI), which was founded in 1973 as a joint institution of the Federation and the German coastal states. Its projects are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The homepage of this administrative federal/state agreement provides a platform for authorities and research institutions from the German coastal zone, which offers search options for information and data related to coastal projects by using metadata.

Marine Data Infrastructure for Germany


BAW Hamburg and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) are responsible for the management of the Marine Data Infrastructure for Germany (MDI-DE). This infrastructure was funded by the BMBF in 2010-2013 and is implemented by a total of 11 federal and state authorities. Since April 2014, the MDI-DE has been permanently established and is further developed under the umbrella of the administrative agreement on cooperation in the conception and development of software for environmental information systems (VKoopUIS).

Using metadata and web services, the search and use of data and information from coastal engineering, coastal water protection, marine environmental protection and marine nature conservation are supported via a common Internet portal. The MDI-DE helps the authorities in the coastal zone to fulfill their reporting obligations for EU framework directives such as the Marine Strategy (MSF) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).

Last updated on 09.08.2017