11 Jul 2019
Barge, Rhine trade
To ensure that the barge transport options on the river Rhine are possible all year round (which is subject to the water level amongst other things), the German government together with the companies of the Rhine, have agreed upon a plan of action.
This plan of action was a result of the long period of drought last year, which caused capacity problems: a low water level has a negative effect on the draft of vessels, so that only half the usual number of containers can be loaded on board.
The plan now conceived consists of 8 points and seeks to improve the predictions of the water level (short term) as well as the development of new types of ships, which are able to sail on low water level (long term).
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