11 May 2011 16:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Petrochemical companies which use the river Rhine in ?xml:namespace>
According to Florian Krekel, a spokesman for river authority Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Bingen, water levels on the
“We have an extremely dry springtime this year – it is unusual,” Krekel said.
Petrochemical companies may not have seen the worst yet, however, as Krekel added: “We expect water levels to drop further.”
Krekel said the water level in the Rhine was recorded at 71cm at Kaub, south of
“We have seen lower water levels but usually in autumn. The lowest water level we had ever was 35cm in August/September 2003,” he added.
Krekel added that larger ships are currently unable to carry product at full capacity, with some unable to carry half their usual load limit.
“The efficiency of the transport is decreasing. The specific costs per tonne are rising,” he said.
“We still have a lot of traffic but we will see what happens with further dropping water levels,” Krekel added.
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