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Hamburg port awaits key dredging ruling

A court in Leipzig will make a decision today that could threaten the very future of the great Hanseatic port city of Hamburg. Port authorities have been pushing to get the river Elbe, which leads to the city’s terminals, dredged to make way for ever bigger vessels calls.

Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig will rule later today on a “fairway upgrade in the Lower and Outer Elbe,” which would see the river deepened by one metre – a move bitterly opposed by environmentalists. The city’s port mandarins have been pushing for this dredging for the last decade.

The grounding a year ago of the 19,000 teu CSCL Indian Ocean on the banks of the river served as yet another reminder of Hamburg’s limitations to service all types of ships in today’s supersized vessel era.

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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