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Port of Hamburg forced to postpone expansion plans

The expansion and dredging pans for the Elbe by the Port of Hamburg, aimed at improving conditions in the port for the industry's ultra-large ships, are now being postponed. The process is subject to the EU court.

Photo: Hamborg Havn

The Port of Hamburg depends strongly on ships arriving via the Elbe. The port has proposed a dredging of the Elbe navigation channel to make it deeper in efforts to create room for the many new ultra-large vessels, but this proposal has now been placed on standby.

The federal administrative court in Leipzig has announced that the process depends on a water directive from the EU Court in Luxembourg, and this directive will not be ready before the spring.

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