Hamburg - The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) commissioned the dredging work to implement the fairway adjustment of the Lower and Outer Elbe in the area of the Port of Hamburg. This is the start of the implementation of the fairway expansion on the last section of the Elbe fairway from the port of Hamburg to the North Sea.
Following an award procedure carried out at European level, the HPA has outsourced the dredging work required to implement the fairway adjustment to Jan de Nul Nassbaggerei und Wasserbau GmbH. The contracted company will now bring the necessary equipment to Hamburg. Dredging will start in March. Preparatory work on probing and uncovering weapons will begin in the coming weeks.
As part of the dredging work, the Elbe channel is deepened from the state border near Schulau to the Altenwerder container terminal or to the middle port. In addition, the fairway between Schulau and the Mühlenberger Loch is widened. This is an extension of the encounter box, which is also to be set up by the federal government in its area of responsibility, in which particularly large, wide container or bulk carriers can meet in the future.
A dredger suction excavator and - for the excavation of solid and rocky soil - two backhoe excavators are used for the dredging work now commissioned. The excavated excavation material obtained in Hamburg is housed in a specially prepared underwater storage area in the area of the mouth of the Elbe.