January 16th, 2010

HHLA cancels its project in Iran after harsh criticism

Hamburg/Berlin – The Hamburg port operator HHLA, principally owned by the city of Hamburg, has cancelled its plans to participate in the expansion of the main commercial port of Iran. The project was harshly criticised by the Central Council of Jews in Germany after it became public. "With this project, HHLA is in good company with Siemens and other major German enterprises that have, for decades, maintained close and trustful trade relations with the regime in Teheran. They have substantially contributed to the strengthening of this regime," told the Central Council's Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. "By doing business with Iran, German companies become complicit in the oppression of the civilian population and undermine the credibility of Western governments' policy aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and at stopping the mullah regime," he said. On January 15, a spokesman for HHLA said that the company had reconsidered its plans and decided to refrain from business relations with the Iranian company Tidewater. (16.01.2010)