Rhine Water Level Set To Fall Again


The Rhine River’s water level at a key waypoint is set to decline in the coming days, curbing the amount of cargo that barges can carry, says an article published on Gcaptain.

Forecast to fall

The measured level at Kaub, which lies west of Frankfurt, is forecast to fall to as low as 71 centimeters (28 inches), according to German government data.

At 40 centimeters or below, it becomes uneconomical for many barges to haul cargo through this part of the river.

Vital commodities

Snaking roughly 800 miles from Switzerland to the North Sea, the Rhine is used to ship millions of tons of vital commodities through inland Europe, including coal, oil products and iron ore, as well as goods in containers.

Calculate navigability

The water at Kaub recently fell as low as 30 centimeters, before jumping to 128 centimeters earlier this week.

The level is not the actual depth of the river, but rather a measure used to calculate navigability for vessels.

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Source: Gcaptain


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