DST is an international research institute with more than 60 years of experience in the areas of inland and coastal shipping and transport systems.

Key elements of the DST business are the investigation of the special flow conditions of ships in inland and coastal waters under confined conditions and the support of the inland navigation sector in the development and modernization of vessels. Furthermore, issues of traffic engineering and -logistics as well as transport economics are in focus with the objective to access new potential of inland navigation and thus contribute to economical and ecological approaches to meet the increasing demand for transport.

Since 2008 the DST runs the ship handling simulator SANDRA, which was developed specifically for the education and training of boat masters and to test the navigability and manoeuvrability of ships. The promotion of traffic safety as well as economic reasons underline the significance of simulators for inland navigation.

A close cooperation with industry and administration ensures that results of applied research and development are carried forward rapidly into practice.

Since 1989 DST is an associated institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen and since 2014 a member of the Johannes-Rau-Research Association.

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