21 January 2011 20:19 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--German shipping authorities expect to begin salvage work on a capsized chemical ship on the ?xml:namespace>
In a joint update, a regional shipping authority, police and the Rhineland Palatinate state government said the complex salvage work was expected to last several weeks, warning of disruptions in shipping on the Rhine near
Meanwhile, downstream shipping at the affected stretch of the river remained closed, but a limited number of ships going upstream had been allowed to pass the salvage site, they said.
The chemical ship, which was carrying some 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid from BASF’s petrochemicals hub in
Currently, some 190 ships are waiting north of the salvage site to go upstream in the direction of
Authorities had facilitated limited shipping around the salvage site, with 40 to 50 ship going upstream expected to be allowed to pass on Friday. Downstream shipping remained closed, and it was currently not possible to say when it could be resumed, they said.
The authorities also said several media reports claiming that sulphuric acid from the capsized ship had leaked were false.
Rhineland Palatinate’s government head Kurt Beck was expected to come to the site later on Friday to review salvage operations, they added.
In related news on Friday, French specialty chemical firm Rhodia said it was maintaining its force majeure (FM) on supplies of adipic acid and other intermediates from its 300,000 tonne/year plant at
The 1,230 km Rhine, which originates in Switzerland and flows through Germany to the Netherlands and the North Sea, is an important European shipping route for chemicals and other commodities, including minerals, coal and oil products.
Ships passing the affected scenic Middle Rhine gorge region near
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