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Port of Hamburg cleared for fairway expansion after years of effort

The work to expand the fairway of Europe's third-largest port finally looks set to begin after many years of political back-and-forth.

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The Port of Hamburg has since 2002 been waiting for an expansion of its fairway, which will make room for mega-ships sailing to and from China. Now, more than 15 years later, it finally looks like the project can begin, informs the port.

The go-ahead for the expansion comes after a supplementary planning procedure, completed by the parties responsible for the project, has been cleared by the German authorities. This means, among other things, that special plant life will be maintained on a large part of the river.

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