Rhine River in Germany Closed to Shipping


On January 8, the Rhine river located in Germany was closed off for shipping after rise in water levels due to incessant rains.

What happened?

The river was closed off for shipping between the cities of Duisburg and Koblenz which restricted vessels sailing too and fro from Switzerland.

The rise in water levels resulted in less space for vessels to sail under bridges that cross the waterway.

Water level expected to rise further:

The water level in the river is expected to rise further to its highest point within the next two days and will start receding.

The Rhine river is a crucial shipping lifeline for transporting commodities including minerals, coal and oil products, such as heating oil, as well as grains and animal feed.

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Source: Reuters


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