ISL is an independent, non-profit research institute founded in 1954 located in Bremen and Bremerhaven, Germany.

By combining tradition and modern science, ISL has positioned itself as one of Europe‘s leading institutions for research, consulting and know-how transfer within maritime logistics.  In its seven competence areas, ISL offers customized innovative processes and solutions in the field of maritime logistics, drawing on a wide range of expert knowledge from its around 50 employees.

With the "ISL Webshop", customers have access to a corresponding online platform where statistical market information and forecasts are directly available. ISL publications are recognized worldwide as standard works within the maritime industry.  The statistical publications include the ISL "Shipping Statistics and Market Review" (SSMR), the ISL "Shipping Statistics Yearbook" (SSYB) and the ISL "Monthly Container Port Monitor" (MCPM). Furthermore, topic-specific publications such as thesis papers on current issues are published.

Furthermore, ISL led the following EC projects COREM, CHINOS, RISING and INTEGRITY as overall coordinator and BOPCom as technical coordinator and participated in the European projects TAIE, RTIS, MASIS, WISDOM, VTMIS-NET, PROSIT, EUTP II, ADVANCES, ALSO Danube, D2D, MTCP, EU-MOP, PROMIT, CASSANDRA, eFreight and currently CORE.

Competence areas:

Maritime Markets

Analyses and forecasts of the maritime economy

Maritime Security

Security concepts and solutions

Maritime Environment

Environmental issues

Maritime Transport Chains

Optimisation e.g. of interchanges between port and hinterland traffic


Optimization and simulation of e.g. terminals, freight traffic flows, emissions

Digital Innovations

Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Blockchain

Software Solutions

Operational software solutions for maritime logistics


Postal address: 
Universitätsallee 11-13
28359 Bremen