The building permit for the adaptation of the fairway was obtained. The Elbe can now be adapted in some places so that even larger ships can pass through without any problems. The fairway from the port of Hamburg to the mouth of the Elbe will be deepened and widened in some places. The environmental damage caused by the expansion will be offset by extensive ecological measures. For Hamburg's First Mayor, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, the adaptation is a necessary measure to remain internationally competitive as a port and business location.