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Here you will find current information about us and our services to shipping and the marine environment.


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Warning Notes

Current information about piracy threatened sea areas. More...


International Workshop on Port Reception Facilities
The presentations held at the workshop are already available for download here.

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Shipping companies / mariners

In Germany, we are the central agency in matters of maritime shipping. We provide support in all questions relating to special funding programmes, law of flag, tonnage certificates and certification of mariners:

MARPOL - Register of local suppliers of fuel oil
Navigational Warnings and Information Service
Maritime Securityl
Certificates for Mariners

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Novel technologies

Are you interested in latest state-of-the-art navigational and radiocommunications equipment on ships? Would you like to learn more about innovative development projects, for example offshore windfarms off the German coasts? Them one of the following topics may interest you:

Automatic Identification System
Voyage Data Recorder
Wind farms

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We offer a wide range of products to merchant shipping and small-craft users. Our goal: satisfied customers and safely equipped vessels! For detailed information about our nautical charts and publications, click on:

Ocean charts
Small craft charts
Notices to Mariners
Authorized agents

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Sports and leisure

Whether you are enjoying your holidays or just a free weekend - swimming, sailing, surfing, or walking in the tidal flats - we provide all the information you need to explore the coasts and coastal waters:

Chart correction service
Book correction service
Official posting sites for notifications to mariners
Temporary shoals of the German Baltic Sea coast

Useful knowledge

What does the sea mean to you? Are you interested in the natural processes taking place in the oceans and the manifold ways in which they are used? If you are curious and want to expand your knowledge - our know-how and experience will help you to improve your understanding of the sea:

MARNET monitoring network


We consider open communication a matter of course. Here you can keep informed about our current activities:

Picture archives
Annual report

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 The Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) is a higher
 federal authority in Germany coming under the jurisdication of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure