New Service for Maritime Transport: NSW-Plus


The National Single Window (NSW) has been set up as a central governmental reporting system for all German maritime traffic. This NSW has been created on the basis of the EU directive 2010/65/EU on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States. The information stored in the NSW is mainly administrative and the data is sent from reporting companies for the use of public authorities. However, all parties involved in maritime transport also need data for planning and operation. Those are currently exchanged using various additional data transmission channels resulting in multiple messages and different data formats, which are likely to cause errors and inconsistencies.


The vision of NSW-Plus is that all parties involved are required to provide information relevant to maritime transport, e.g. per journey, port call or container, only once and regardless of Member State, involved ports and stakeholders. The German NSW will be extended by security-related information and operational data on maritime transport and made available centrally by the NSW to the maritime industry. The result is a new service that brings significant benefits to economy and serves as a blueprint for all EU Member States.


On the basis of content-related, legal and technical concepts, three pilot applications for the integration of cargo and transport data with respect to import and export, verified gross mass and hinterland transport will be implemented and tested under realistic conditions. The process follows the concept of an iterative, agile software development. The project also investigates exploitation aspects such as market acceptance, a viable operational concept and other aspects. Four associated partners - Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure), Bonn; Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt (Bremen Port Authority), Bremen; Verband Deutscher Reeder (German Shipowners’ Association), Hamburg; Havariekommando (Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany), Cuxhaven - accompany the project.

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