Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Hamburg & Rostock

Gebäude BSH

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany) is an agency within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and has headquarters in Hamburg and Rostock.

With its 840 employees and an annual budget of about € 69 million, the agency is an important provider of maritime services in Germany and covers a wide range of tasks:

  • Environmental protection in maritime transport (MARPOL, civil liability for oil pollution, Ballast Water Convention, oil spill identification)
  • Safety of shipping and maritime security
  • Hydrographic surveys, wreck search, nautical information systems
  • Services to maritime transport (Flag Certificates, Certificates of Competency for mariners, financial aid to promote  shipping)
  • Warning services (water level and tide predictions, storm surge warning service, ice service)
  • Monitoring of the sea (indicators of climate and environmental changes)
  • Maritime geodata centre
  • Maritime Spatial Plan for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • Planning approval for offshore wind farms and pipelines




BSH Hamburg
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

BSH in Rostock
Neptunallee 5
18057 Rostock

President: Dr. Karin Kammann-Klippstein

Public Relations:

Susanne Kehrhahn-Eyrich
Head of Public Relations
Tel: +49 40/3190-1010
Mobile: +49 151 11 58 85 74
Email: ed.hsb@esserp
Web: www.bsh.de/en/index.jsp