The 7th Port Development Talks held in Hamburg in late October with particular emphasis on environment-friendly shipping and digitalisation. The talks brought together ministers and senators from Germany’s coastal states with responsibility for ports, the German government’s co-ordinator of the maritime economy, a representative of the German Ministry of Transport and the president of the Central Association of German Seaport Operators.
Intense use of new technologies
“Further digitalisation and increased networking between our ports are indispensable for maintaining the competitiveness of our ports and of northern Germany as a business location. It is essential to support all players – from ports, port management, shipping and logistics to successfully advance this process,” said Dr. Berend Lindner, State Secretary in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitisation.
HPA funding environmental protection
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is to start building a rainwater treatment plant at Köhlbrand Bridge by late 2018. Every year, around 60,000 m³ of rainwater pours down on Hamburg. New technical possibilities will allow HPA to remove heavy metals from the water before it flows into the Elbe.