Low water levels on Rhine hampers Danube shipping in Germany

Reuters: Low water levels mean cargo vessels still cannot sail fully loaded on the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany, traders said on Monday. Low levels since the summer have created logistical problems for buyers and distributors of commodities including diesel, heating oil and grains as vessels could at best sail half-loaded. An unplanned shut down of Switzerland's only oil refinery exacerbated the problem. The Rhine is too shallow to allow vessels to sail with full loads in its entire length south......

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