05 May 2011 18:03 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Petrochemical companies are suffering logistics problems because of low water levels in the river Rhine in ?xml:namespace>
According to Florian Krekel, a spokesman for river authority Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Bingen, water levels on the
“Smaller boats are coping. However, larger vessels cannot be loaded to their full extent,” he said.
“I expect this to continue as we have had a very dry springtime and no significant rainfall in two months,” Krekel added.
Some companies have confirmed they are experiencing logistical headaches trying to transport product.
Another producer added that water level restrictions are making it difficult to ship product from the coast to the inland market.
The source also said derivatives producers are finding themselves unable to ship finished volumes out and propylene (C3) is starting to look long in some areas.
A third source said: “Propylene is becoming longer – people are asking me to take in [extra] propylene. We are not impacted by the
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Additional reporting by Nel Weddle
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