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Friday, August 14, 2020

Danube River News

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Low Water Hinders Rhine, Danube River Shipping

Water levels on the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany are still low after dry weather and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded, traders said on Monday.The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings from Duisburg to south Germany, traders said. All of the German section of the Danube is too shallow for full loads, they said.Shallow water means vessel operators impose surcharges on freight rates, increasing costs for cargo owners.Several vessels are also needed to transport consignments usually transported by one craft…

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Serbia Deploys Ice Breakers Along Danube

Serbia deployed three icebreakers on Tuesday to smash ice blocks jamming parts of the Danube river and prevent damage to bridges and ships moored along the waterway. Serbia's only icebreaker and two more vessels that arrived from neighbouring Hungary ploughed through the thick ice to free it up to move downstream. Dozens of smaller boats and floating homes have been damaged or destroyed over the past week along a stretch of the Danube in Belgrade as ice ripped through marinas and moorings.

Study on Ports Network to Receive EU Support

The European Union will support with €750,000 from the TEN-T Program a project aimed at exploring the feasibility of connecting by rail a series of maritime and fluvial ports in north-eastern Greece and Bulgaria to create a multimodal freight corridor serving the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Danube river. The project, which is called “Sea2Sea” and was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will develop the concept of a “Sea2Sea” corridor by linking Greek ports…