Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein Reach Agreement on Dredged Material

Schleswig-Holstein’s state government has declared itself basically willing in the longer term to permit dredged material from the Port of Hamburg to be brought to the silt release area near buoy E3 in the North Sea.

The cabinet decided this on 9 February 2016 in Malente.

“There is urgent pressure for action. With an excessive accumulation of silt, navigability in the Port of Hamburg is already badly affected. Schleswig-Holstein is accordingly ready to assist Hamburg and to ensure the port’s accessibility. That is also of great importance for Schleswig-Holstein,” stated Robert Habeck, Environment Minister.

To find the least ecologically questionable variants, checks have been conducted on areas in the tidal Elbe, i.e. in the estuary coastal waters off Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein as well as in the Exclusive Economic Zone (AWZ).

“From the technical perspective, the silt dumping area in the North Sea has emerged as the most sustainable and ecologically compatible solution,” said Habeck.

The area so far in use there – near Buoy E3 – is about 60 kilometers off the West coast.

Deposit of the sediments at the silt deposit area is conditional on all environmental requirements being met.

The administrative process will embrace not only bodies representing the public interest, but also others from the environmental, fishery and tourism sectors on a voluntary basis.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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