In today’s judgement the Federal Administrative Court stated clearly that the whole planning procedure has no deficiencies and the objections from the environmental organisations concerning the water engineering measures cannot be upheld. The European Water Framework Directive has been adhered to. Only protection of the plant species, hemlock water dropwort, and the substitute areas must be improved, before the measures can be implemented.
“This makes it clear that the adjustment will happen, but we regret the repeated time delay in implementing the measure. Important is that for shipping on the Elbe and operations in the Port of Hamburg nothing will change. Up to now, we have been able to handle the largest containerships; this will be so in the future too. There will be no deterioration,” says Ingo Egloff, joint CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing.
The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port, providing more than 156,000 jobs in the greater Hamburg region. The port is also an important industrial location with a gross value-added of 21.8 billion euros for the whole of the German economy. For the city of Hamburg around 900 million euros in tax revenue is generated in the port.
“This is why it is important that the Federal Administrative Court has decided that the basic necessity for adjusting the fairways on the Elbe is not in doubt. We are confident that the planning authorities will do all that is in their power to reach a timely decision,” says Egloff.