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Water Level Deepens at Key German Chokepoint on Rhine River

  • Easier for barges carrying goods to sail into the Upper Rhine
  • Historical data suggest Rhine crisis is not over yet
A barge travels along the River Rhine in Kaub, Germany.

A barge travels along the River Rhine in Kaub, Germany.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

The Rhine River’s water level is forecast to rise even higher at a key German chokepoint following a surge over the weekend, making it easier for barges carrying vital commodities to navigate.

The measured water level at Kaub, which lies to the west of Frankfurt, rose by about 75 centimeters (30 inches) since Friday to around 115 centimeters. That takes it well past the 40-centimeter level above which it becomes economical for many barges to carry at least some cargo through the waypoint. It’s expected to peak at 154 centimeters on Tuesday before heading lower again, according to German government data.