Backlog of renovations: more leadership is now needed for the future of the port

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More leadership is needed now for the future of the port

Götz Wiese believes that something must be done to ensure that the port is more than just a beautiful backdrop for industrial romance

CDU politician Götz Wiese believes that something must be done to ensure that the port is more than just a beautiful backdrop for industrial romance.

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What course should I set to secure the port of Hamburg? Gotze-Wese, the CDU’s economic policy spokesman, makes a set of demands in his guest article.

DrPort policy declined in the Hamburg Senate. Ideological disinformation and a lack of leadership characterize the red-green years of deadlock, for which the words “silt,” “reform buildup” and “losing market share” have become synonymous. The port development plan is missing. It can’t go on like this. This article aims to show you the views of the port of Hamburg so that it can live up to its reputation as a world port.

CDU economic politician Götze Weyzy

CDU economic politician Götze Weyzy

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The initial position: for the Greens, the port is the “starting point of an ecological future”. This topic is a bit off topic from the start: The Port of Hamburg is all about trade, handling and handling of goods, logistics and industry. It’s about value creation, prosperity and employment. Of course, the great challenges of our time play a decisive role: climate protection, change in global supply chains, and digitalization. I will come back to that. But first, the Senate and the port administration must ensure that the maritime economy finds the best possible conditions here.

The keynote address on port policy that the mayor gave a few weeks ago at the Obersee club also shows how far the Red-Green party is from reality in the port. Peter Tschentscher (SPD) also refers to value creation and employment. But then it becomes a target the new Port policy was sold off, to maintain Hamburg as a large and efficient world port and to secure Germany’s access to world markets. Thunderbird, Mister Mayor! Theres nothing wrong with that newBut it is, of course, a matter of no vision. the question, How do What the port of the future might look like is still in the dark for the mayor. This does not bode well for the port’s long-awaited development plan: Frustration at the port is high.

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There are reasons for that. For some time now, some of the basic basic functions of the port have been shaky, which can be summarized as follows:

The silt issue has not been resolved, and circular dredging is pointless and costly. Pavement walls rot. Here alone, the need for renovation is nearly 3 billion euros. More investment requirements have been added. Road extensions – from A 26-Ost to Köhlbrandquerung – are not guaranteed. The logistics of the port of Hamburg is also stuck in traffic. The port industry is under increasing pressure. The open technological expansion of energy infrastructure is faltering. Economic power was – some would deliberately say – incapable of working.

The result of all this: the western ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp have taken large market shares from Hamburg since 2011, and Hamburg has fallen dramatically. Political initiatives to counter this? Nobody. The last tangible initiatives in the Port of Hamburg have come since Mayor Ole von Beust’s tenure in the Senate: Emergence of Port Management HPA 2005; HHLA IPO in 2007; Securing Hapag-Lloyd as a Hamburg company in 2008. Nothing has happened from the Senate since 2011 that will strengthen our port. The lost years.

With these shortcomings of the red and green policy, the port of Hamburg is currently entering international competition. This should not remain like this! Hamburg’s port policy needs a complete restart, taking into account the basic functions of the port as a place for maritime services, efficient logistics and industrial production. The port of Hamburg needs financial and technical resources to find its way back into a new force in international competition. We want a strong port, and I am sure that the port of Hamburg can grow again and occupy a leading position. But not through ideological prayers, but through a concrete and economically sound plan for the future and through a Senate that vigorously implements this vision.

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Our aim and mission statement for the port is: “Hamburg as a global port and industrial location will continue to offer the most competitive conditions for the maritime economy, trade, logistics and industry worldwide in the future thus ensuring prosperity and employment. To achieve this objective, the port’s competitiveness is constantly increasing and sustainable investments are made in the infrastructure Infrastructure and transportation routes.” Policy guidelines and concrete measures are derived from this model, which should be incorporated into the new port development plan and financial planning from the project sponsors:

The port administration must carry out its primary tasks: this includes the immediate repair and adequate financing of the port infrastructure, especially the quay walls. This includes the rapid implementation of the Colebrand Tunnel and 26-Ost, but also the further expansion of rail infrastructure and other traffic routes as well as the expansion of the Waltershof Axis. This includes ending the silt disaster: a binding solution to sediment management in the port and Elbe must finally be found through a national silt summit between the Albanian riparian states and the federal government.

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Port policy should be a reliable partner for companies and enable new business in the port. This also includes corporate recruitment: the next Tesla Marine should come to Hamburg. It is about optimum development opportunities for the entire spectrum of the marine industry and sciences. Openness to technology and pragmatism must prevail when building the necessary infrastructure at the Hamburg power port – from liquid gas to hydrogen, and from alternative fuels to fuel cell technology. The goal is to use space more efficiently, we finally need more dynamics, for example in Steinwerder-Süd and Moorburg. Also: rents, leases and taxes are low! The port of Hamburg is expensive.

In terms of regulatory policy, city property needs to be broken up – less Hapag-Lloyd holding, more private station holdings, more competition, and fewer state-owned enterprises.

All this must now be addressed concretely: leadership is required. Then the port of Hamburg regains market share. Then we can also achieve what is necessary in light of the great transformation of our economy: sustainability. Climate neutrality. social balance. Modern urban development. However, the prerequisite for this is to strengthen the essential functions of the world port of Hamburg once again.

Author Götz Wiese entered politics as a side hustler at the age of 50, and in the 2020 election became a CDU citizen. The lawyer is interested in economic issues and port policy. Weiss also teaches tax law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, and was appointed professor emeritus in 2016. In the controversy over the port’s future, a guest article by FDP State President Michael Cross recently appeared in WELT.

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