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Low water still hampers Rhine and Danube shipping in Germany

HAMBURG, July 17 (Reuters) - Water on the Rhine and Danube
in Germany remains shallow and cargo vessels cannot sail fully
loaded, traders said on Monday.

The rivers had fallen below normal levels in late June after
dry weather.

The Rhine is still too shallow for normal sailings from
Duisburg and Cologne to southern stretches of the river, traders
said. All of the Danube in Germany is too shallow for normal
loading.

Shallow water means vessel operators impose surcharges on
freight rates, increasing costs for cargo owners.

The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities
including grains, minerals, coal and oil products including
heating oil.

The Danube is a major route for east European grain exports
to west Europe.
(Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Alison Williams)

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