River Rhine In Germany Closed To Shipping After Heavy Rains

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  • Parts of the River Rhine in southern Germany were closed to cargo shipping on Monday due to heavy rains raising water levels.
  • The closure affects areas around Maxau and Mannheim, preventing vessels from sailing under bridges and reaching Switzerland.
  • Shipping in northern sections, including Duisburg and Cologne, continues normally.
  • The Rhine is a crucial route for transporting commodities such as minerals, coal, oil products, grains, and animal feed.

Parts of the River Rhine in southern Germany were closed to cargo shipping on Monday following heavy rains that significantly raised water levels, according to navigation authorities.

Impacted Areas

Affected Sections: Shipping has been halted around Maxau and Mannheim in southern Germany.

Reason for Closure: The increased water levels have reduced overhead clearance under bridges, making navigation hazardous and preventing vessels from reaching Switzerland.

Unaffected Areas

Shipping operations in the northern sections of the Rhine, including key points such as Duisburg and Cologne, are continuing normally.

Economic Importance

The Rhine is a critical shipping route for the transport of various commodities, including minerals, coal, oil products (such as heating oil), grains, and animal feed.

This temporary disruption highlights the river’s importance to the regional economy and the potential impact of weather-related events on logistics and supply chains.

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Source: Reuters