29. October 2018

Open­ing of the DLR In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures

Signing of the certificate
Sign­ing of the cer­tifi­cate
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Signing of the certificate

Open­ing of the DLR In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures in Bre­mer­haven, sit­ting from left to right: Den­nis Göge – Found­ing Di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures; Nor­bert Brack­mann – Ger­man Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Co­or­di­na­tor for the Mar­itime In­dus­try; Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und – Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board; May­or Carsten Siel­ing – Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men. Stand­ing from left to right: Eva Quante-Brandt – Sen­a­tor for Sci­ence, Health and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men, State Sign­ing of the cer­tifi­cate
Opening of the DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures
Open­ing of the DLR In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures
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Opening of the DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

Open­ing of the DLR In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures in Bre­mer­haven, stand­ing from left to right: Rolf Henke – DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber for Aero­nau­tics Re­search; Melf Grantz – May­or of the city of Bre­mer­haven; Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und – Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board; Han­sjörg Dit­tus – DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber for Space Re­search and Tech­nol­o­gy;, May­or Carsten Siel­ing – Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men; Eva Quante-Brandt – Sen­a­tor for Sci­ence, Health and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men; Den­nis Göge – Found­ing Di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures; Nor­bert Brack­mann – Ger­man Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Co­or­di­na­tor for the Mar­itime In­dus­try; State Coun­cilor Jörg Schulz – Sen­a­tor for Eco­nomics, Labour and Ports of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men.
Eva Quante-Brandt during the opening speech
Eva Quante-Brandt dur­ing the open­ing speech
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Eva Quante-Brandt during the opening speech

Open­ing of the DLR In­si­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures in Bre­mer­haven. Speak­ing is Eva Quante-Brandt – Sen­a­tor for Sci­ence, Health and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion of the Free Hanseat­ic City of Bre­men.
Pascale Ehrenfreund in discussion with the media
In dis­cus­sion with the me­dia
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In discussion with the media

A sought-af­ter in­ter­vie­wee: Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und, Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board.
Dennis Göge in an interview.
In an in­ter­view
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In an interview

Den­nis Göge – Found­ing Di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Mar­itime In­fras­truc­tures at the open­ing of the new DLR In­sti­tute.
Ships in a harbour
Mar­itime se­cu­ri­ty
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Maritime security

The new in­sti­tute will fo­cus its sci­en­tif­ic and tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments on strength­en­ing the re­silience of mar­itime in­fras­truc­tures.
  • Protecting ports and offshore wind farms from accidents and attacks
  • One-of-a-kind research facility in Europe

On 29 October 2018, the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) was opened in Bremerhaven. Operating against the backdrop of the Energy Transition, digitalisation, innovative mobility and global connectivity, the new institute will focus on the task of protecting vital infrastructures such as ports and offshore wind farms against accidents and terrorist or other attacks. It is the first of its kind in Europe.

Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, emphasised the importance of the Institute: “Maritime infrastructures are vital to Germany as a business location. Ninety percent of imports and exports are transported by sea. Power supply from offshore wind farms is also increasing. For these reasons, protecting maritime infrastructures is as important for the economy as it is for the general public. The new DLR institute will focus all of its efforts and expertise on addressing this task.”

The new Institute will concentrate its scientific and technical developments on increasing the resilience of maritime infrastructures – that is, on their ability to withstand disruption without failing. All of the development work is aimed at identifying – and defending against – threats to the infrastructure. In doing so, the Institute will expand DLR’s current competencies in technology development and maritime security.

Autonomous underwater vehicle

One of the institute's first acquisitions will be an autonomous underwater vehicle designed to test newly developed optical and acoustic sensor systems for the monitoring and inspection of maritime infrastructures.

"DLR already possesses research excellence in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy and transport, security and digitalisation. With our new institute, we are adding a further dimension – the protection of maritime infrastructures – both on and under water," says Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board.

One of the Institute’s future tasks will be to assess the safety and security status of maritime infrastructures with the aim of safeguarding their performance capabilities in the long term. For instance, offshore wind farms are an essential element for the implementation of the Energy Transition and thus the phasing out of nuclear power and fossil fuels. Their operability must be ensured for this purpose. Maintenance work must be performed on time and in such a way that collisions between the work vessels and the wind park infrastructure are avoided. In this regard, sensors that are already being used to ensure operational safety will also be deployed to protect against possible attacks.

"In future, DLR will develop innovative technologies for the protection of maritime infrastructures and bring them to market maturity. Industry and society as a whole will therefore benefit from DLR’s proven innovation and transfer competencies in this field," said Norbert Brackmann, German Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry. Rescue at sea is another area to which the new Institute will contribute: "We want to develop new sensors that detect shipwrecked persons and enable their rescue – even at night and in foggy conditions," explains Dennis Göge, founding director of the new institute.

The new DLR institute will initially have 20 employees, which will increase to as many as 60. Five million euro will be invested in the research infrastructure at the site in Bremerhaven. In future, the annual budget should amount to 6 million euro, 4.5 million of which will be provided by the federal and state governments, while the rest will be obtained from third-party funding.

"Through the establishment of the new institute in Bremerhaven, DLR is significantly expanding its presence in the State of Bremen. Once again, Bremen is confirming its prominent position and attractiveness as a hub of science. And once again, this demonstrates how crucial port locations and the protection of their maritime infrastructures are for Germany's economy," says Carsten Sieling, Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

The new institute will cooperate closely with the Federal Police in the fulfilment of its remit, and, in future, will expand this collaboration to include other government agencies and organisations entrusted with security tasks. Furthermore, it will work with non-governmental organisations like the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) and the wider business community.

From the start, the Institute established a working group to conduct research into societal and ethical issues, as well as the acceptance of new technologies, in order to live up to its responsibilities in these areas.

Contact
  • Jens Wucherpfennig
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Göt­tin­gen and Hanover
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 551 709-2108
    Fax: +49 551 709-12108
    Bunsenstraße 10
    37073 Göttingen
    Contact
  • Dr. Dennis Göge
    Found­ing Di­rec­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4030
    Fischkai 1
    27572 Bremerhaven
    Contact

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