A new national port concept to strengthen the competitiveness of German ports and to remove problems in the hinterland and sea connections has been unveiled by the German Federal Government.

The government said the new concept “will address the challenges faced by the German ports and will develop measures to combat them.”

The proposal comprises of 155 separate measures alongside general statements of its aims, which include expansion of port infrastructure, measures for training and employment, and better coordination of port politics between the EU, the federal government and the German states.

Under the proposal, the navigation channels of the Ems, Weser and Elbe will be deepened to enhance the accessibility of the north German seaports.

The federal government is anticipating increasing financial support for ports for the provision of efficient handling capacities in the offshore wind energy sector but cautions against a port’s onesided investment towards offshore wind energy.

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