GERMANY INDUSTRY – Shipments of fuel, raw materials at risk due to low level of Rhine

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The extreme climate conditions in Germany in recent weeks and months has seen the Rhine drop to unusually low levels that are starting to hamper the transport of goods and raw materials along the waterway which is key to coal and fuel supplies.

The drought, coupled with several heat waves, means the river, which connects major industrial sites from Rotterdam to Basel, is at “atypically low levels”, Germany’s General Directorate for Waterways (GDWS) said.