The states are demanding hundreds of millions of euros from the federal government for the renovation of ports as part of the energy transition.

Schwimmendes LNG-Terminal in Wilhelmshaven: Der Nordseehafen soll zum Drehkreuz für grünen Wasserstoff ausgebaut werden

Schwimmendes LNG-Terminal in Wilhelmshaven: Der Nordseehafen soll zum Drehkreuz für grünen Wasserstoff ausgebaut werden


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The coastal states of Germany are demanding more funding from the federal government to transform their ports into bases for the energy transition.

„Now is the time to overcome challenges together. However, we can only succeed if we can also trigger the necessary investments,“ said Olaf Lies, Minister of Economic Affairs of Lower Saxony (SPD), to the newspaper „Handelsblatt“. Melanie Leonhard, Senator for Economic Affairs of Hamburg (SPD), said: „The coastal states cannot handle the necessary investments alone.“ And Reinhard Meyer (SPD), Minister in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, called for clarification of the financing issue „by the end of the year.“

Bei der anstehenden Nationalen Maritimen Konferenz Ende kommender Woche in Bremen wollen die Länder vom Bund eine Unterstützung in Höhe von 400 Millionen Euro verlangen. Hintergrund ist, dass die Häfen zu »Energiehubs«, also Drehkreuzen für Flüssiggas, Wasserstoff und den Betrieb von Offshore-Windanlagen, sowie Anlaufstelle für das Militär werden sollen. Bundesverkehrsminister Volker Wissing (FDP) will das in einer Hafenstrategie verankern.


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However, the coordination of the strategy within the government is taking longer than expected and may not be completed by the conference. According to the report, this is mainly due to differences in financing with the Federal Ministry of Economics, as stated by the newspaper.

The maritime coordinator of the German government, Dieter Janecek (Green Party), who is based in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is putting pressure on Minister of Transport Wissing. So far, the federal government has been compensating the states with 38 million euros per year for the so-called „port burdens“. According to Janecek, this contribution is „certainly no longer precise“. He told the „Handelsblatt“: „New tasks create new investment needs.“


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