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Shallow water levels still hindering Rhine and Danube shipping

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Recently, water levels on the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany have reached very shallow levels following the dry weather. As such, fully loaded freight vessels are unable to sail.

The Rhine river is too shallow for standard sailings from Collogne to southern Germany, and the German portion of the Danube river is too shallow for fully loaded vessels to pass through.

Due to the shallow levels, vessel operators are having to impose surcharges on freight rates. This increases cargo-owner costs.

The Rhine river is a significant shipping route for commodities such as grain, minerals, coal and more. The Danube is an important route for grain exports from East Europe to West Europe.

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