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BSH at a glance





As a partner to maritime shipping and a supporter of environmental conservation efforts and maritime uses, we

  • support maritime shipping and the maritime industry,
  • promote sustainable use of the oceans,
  • ensure the continuity of measurements,
  • provide competent information about the status of the Northand Baltic Seas.

Our tasks as an important provider of maritime services in Germanyinclude:

  • Environmental protection in maritime shipping (MARPOL, civil liability for oil pollution, Ballast Water Convention, oil identification)
  • Maritime security
  • Hydrographic surveying, wreck search
  • Nautical information systems
  • Services to shipping (flag documents, Certificates of Competency for mariners, promotion of shipping)
  • Warning services (water level foreasts and tide predictions, storm surge warning service, ice service)
  • Monitoring of the sea (with regard to climate and environmental changes)
  • Maritime geospatial data centre
  • Maritime spatial planning in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • Planning approval procedures for offshore wind farms and pipelines

The BSH is represented not only in national state and federal bodies but co-operates with more than 20 international organisations.
Here is a list of the bodies and organisations.

The BSH Flyer provides a brief introduction to our tasks and fields of activity.

Publications, presentations and lectures

BSH Annual Report 2009


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