Navigation and service

Consulting & assessments

The Federation is the owner of the major watercourses, coastal waters, and canals that are accordingly designated as federal waterways.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) defines the policy in the field of transport and sets the legal framework for the utilisation and management of the federal waterways. In close co-ordination with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the federal states (the Länder) it ensures the navigability of the waterways and preserves the natural landscape and habitats. The Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) is in charge of the development, operation, and maintenance of waterways.

The BfG supports the ministries, the federal states, and the WSV by assessing projects and problems and by answering questions of feasibility against the background of its scientific knowledge. In this context, it often has to deal with the conflicting interests between politics and administrative practice as well as between economic goals and environmental protection.

The ship-lift at NiederfinowThe BfG is providing comprehensive consulting services for the construction of the new ship-lift at Niederfinow

The BfG offers advice in many individual cases by highlighting backgrounds and identifying impacts. By doing so it helps its customers and partners to make sensible decisions and to implement them with appropriate means.

The BfG's consulting services require great expertise and long experience. It has acquired the necessary know-how in the course of decades and uses it to create dependable expert reports, guidelines, and practical instructions.

Figure: Hydrological Data, research & development, consulting & assessments and knowledge management in the BfGCompetent consulting for its customers and partners is the BfG's top priority.

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