River Rhine in South Germany Closed to Shipping Due to High Water Levels
Parts of the river Rhine in south Germany remain closed to shipping on Monday after a rise in water levels following recent heavy rain, navigation authorities said on Monday.
Water levels are falling but not as fast as hoped. The southern sector of the river was closed on Wednesday.
High water means vessels do not have enough space to sail under bridges and the blockage prevents vessels sailing to Switzerland. Shipping on northern sections of the river is operating normally including the important points of Duisburg, Cologne and Mannheim.
Falling water levels mean the river is expected to reopen to shipping on Tuesday afternoon, said the water level forecasting service of the Rheinland-Pfalz state government in south Germany.
The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities including minerals, coal and oil products such as heating oil, grains and animal feed.
The Rhine has repeatedly suffered from low water levels because of unusually dry summers in recent years.
(Reporting by Michael Hogan; editing by Jacqueline Wong)
Photograph: This photo shows the Cologne Cathedral in the background of the Rhine river in Cologne, western Germany on February 6, 2020, when water levels rose due to heavy rains. Photo credit: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty
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