Gibson Tanker Market Report

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Amidst an intense heatwave, Europe’s Rhine River faces challenges from lower rainfall, affecting vital inland waterway transport for petroleum products. Draft restrictions and reduced cargo capacity at the Kaub choke point impact fuel distribution and regional stocks. With climate change contributing to such disruptions, concerns arise about long-term resilience in the distribution network. 

Trouble in the Rhineland

In Europe, besides contending with an intense heatwave, lower rainfall has impacted inland waterway transport on the Rhine River. This serves as an important means of regional fuel distribution. Low rainfall since mid May has put pressure on this network and low water levels at the Kaub choke point have resulted in draft restrictions and reduced the cargo quantity barges can carry. With this in mind and the potential for greater variation in average seasonal rainfall patterns due to climate change, such disruption is likely to become more common.

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