Rhine river levels fall, barge traffic resumes

10 June 2013 12:30  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The river Rhine reopened to shipping traffic over the weekend, as water levels started to recede following heavy rainfall, river authorities said on Monday.

Last week heavy rain disrupted shipping traffic on the Rhine – an important European shipping route for chemicals and other commodities, including minerals, coal and oil products – for at least five days.

The Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine said interruptions to barge traffic on the Upper Rhine – a stretch of the river that runs from the Swiss/German border near Basel, Switzerland to Bingen, Germany – ended on Friday.

According to German inland river authority Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Magdeburg, traffic on the Middle Rhine – which runs between Bingen and Bonn – restarted on Saturday 8 June.

Barge traffic on the Lower Rhine, which runs from Bonn to the North Sea at Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands, resumed on Friday evening.

Flooding across central and eastern Europe led to the suspension of shipping along stretches of the Rhine, the Danube and the Elbe, and also had an impact on selected rail routes. However, market sources said the floods have not had any significant impact on the production and distribution of chemicals in Europe.

Additional repoting by Tom Brown

By: Franco Capaldo
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