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Veteran Barge Company Says Business on Upper Rhine Is at Risk

Aug. 16, 2022, 5:11 PM

A veteran Rhine shipping company said its business on the Upper Rhine is at risk as water levels drop.

Of the roughly 150 tanker barges that Jaegers Group has on the river, no more than about 10% would be able to carry goods through the key waypoint of Kaub with the water marker at 30 centimeters (11.8 inches). Currently, the figure at that point in the river is 32 centimeters.

A further drop below the 20-centimeter level at Kaub -- south of Cologne -- could knock out the company’s operations going through that point completely.

“Not our ships, and not ...