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New 20 million building for Fraunhofer Center planned

German government and European funds to take part in CML's new research building. Extension to provide basis for another innovation park

The Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML) is to get a new research building in Hamburg-Harburg. The planned extension of CML aims to boost science and research in Hamburg and to improve the framework conditions for technological innovations in maritime logistics. The German government and the city of Hamburg will each bear a quarter of the total EUR 20 million costs while the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will pay the other half. Construction could begin in 2019.

Foundation stone for innovation park

Hamburg’s Senator for Economics Frank Horch, said Tuesday: “The further development of CML into an independent institute, and other Fraunhofer establishments in Hamburg, complement ideally the focal points already called for by the senate and will help make Hamburg a leading, innovative location in Europe.” Hamburg is thus laying the cornerstone for another research and innovation park similar to that in Bergedorf for renewable energy, in Finkenwerder for aviation and the one in Desy for nanotechnology.

More growth expected

Since 2010, CML has been optimising processes and systems along the maritime supply chain in Hamburg. Through practically orientated research projects, CML supports private and public clients in port operations, logistics’ services and shipping by initiating and realising innovations. CML is based on the grounds of Hamburg’s Technical University. Demand for research in the maritime economy is already growing and CML is believed to have more potential for growth. This makes an extension of laboratory capacities and direct access to water essential. Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg’s Senator for Science, Research and Equality, said: “New ideas and concepts emerge at universities and research institutes. We need them urgently to be able to deal with the challenges facing the port.”

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The decision on the planned new building has to be approved by the German government and the states in the “Committee on the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft”. The committee will decide in a meeting on June 19, 2016 on CML’s planned new building. The state of Hamburg will foot 25 per cent of the total EUR 20 million costs. This requires a decision by the Hamburg Parliament. The preparation and provision of a site for construction could begin based on both these decisions.

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