25 November 2011 10:55 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Low water levels on the river Rhine in ?xml:namespace>
BASF material for November had already been shipped by river before water levels fell below passable depths for shipping, and December volumes will primarily be transported by trucks.
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The German chemicals firm is expecting demand in December to be slow, and the lower volumes for the month will mostly be transported by road, as is usual for this time of the year.
“In December, nobody wants to put bigger volumes on stock because it is year end, so the main business is the truck business. You don’t have bigger volumes to send out in barges,” the source said.
Last Sunday, the Rhine was expected to close for river traffic upstream from Kaub, about 160km miles downstream of
Even before then, barges were being run as low as quarter capacity in order to avoid grounding in water that is almost two metres under average levels.
Another concern is that the low water levels are exposing shipping to unexploded Second World War munitions on the bed of the river.
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