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Hamburg port finishes key entrance widening process

Hamburg port finishes key entrance widening process

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Hamburg port has completed the redesign of the entrance to its Vorhafen Harbour Basin, allowing larger ships to maneuver more easily at one of Europe’s most important ports as well as allowing a long tidal window for ships entering and leaving the area. Ships can now manoeuvre in a space with a diameter of 450 m following extensive dredging.

The Vorhafen harbour basin is the approach to the cargo terminals in Steinwerder.

“The widened Vorhafen basin entrance has made vessel traffic management more efficient, easier to plan and safer,” said Jens Meier, chairman of the local port authority.

The port now wishes to embark on a dredging scheme of the Elbe river to ensure the largest fully laden ships can access the area.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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