EHFG highlights the need to adapt the navigation channel in the Outer Ems

The Emder Hafenförderungsgesellschaft e. V. (EHFG) is counting on the support of Sina Beckmann (Jever) and Christian Schroeder (Wittingen) from the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group in the parliament of Niedersachsen. During a visit by the two in Emden, the EHFG representatives made it clear that the port industry fully supports the plans to improve the water quality in the Ems between Gandersum and Papenburg as part of the "Master Plan Ems 2050". However, the associated tidal low water control would cause the water level in the outer harbor to drop abruptly by 40 centimeters. This would leave only 60 centimetres of the planned adjustment of the navigation channel in the Outer Ems by one meter. And this would also be eaten up by new ballast regulations for seagoing vessels, which would increase their draught by up to 30 centimetres. In addition, the car carriers would also have a 30 centimeter greater draught in future due to the transport of electric cars, which are significantly heavier than the previous combustion vehicles. "We need that extra meter just to maintain the status quo for our port," EHFG CEO Reinhard Hegewald explained to the two politicians. EHFG Supervisory Board Chairman Timo Siebahn and his deputy Manfred de Vries emphasized that there is a realistic chance of reconciling the interests of ecology and economy at the Ems estuary. "We in the Emden port industry are certainly ready for this," said Siebahn. De Vries offered the two state politicians the opportunity to explain these connections to the 24 members of the Green parliamentary group at one of their meetings in Hanover. Beckmann and Schroeder agreed to propose this to their parliamentary group. 

Copyright: EHFG. Emder Hafenförderungsgesellschaft e. V. is hoping for the support of Christian Schroeder (fourth from left) and Sina Beckmann (center), both of whom are members of the state parliament's "Ports and Shipping" subcommittee.

Michaela Stolper