20 January 2011 15:28 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The successful completion of safety tests on a closed section of the river Rhine in ?xml:namespace>
Florian Krekel, a spokesman for shipping authority Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Bingen, said that single ships were now permitted to pass the capsized Waldhof ship after test passages were carried out on.
"Based on the tests carried out we decided that limited passage from now on was possible," Krekel said.
"The closure of the
Salvage work on the capsized ship cannot begin until four cranes are in place, Krekel said. Two have already arrived on site and will begin some preparations for the salvage operation later this week. A third crane was expected to arrive this weekend, with the fourth expected next week.
Once the salvage operation begins, the 70km stretch of the river would once again have to be completely closed. There was no exact schedule for when this would happen, Krekel said.
The river would then remain closed until the salvage operation – expected to last between two and three weeks – is completed, Krekel added.
The 70km stretch of the river had been closed between Bingen, near
Two of the ship's crew members were still missing.
Krekel said that regular water samples from the river have not detected the presence of sulphuric acid.
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