Shipping on Danube blocked after vessel runs aground

Shipping on Danube blocked after vessel runs aground

A Romanian cargo ship ran aground on the river Danube in Bavaria today, blocking the waterway to shipping traffic.

Efforts are being made to free the stricken vessel but could take until Thursday, Reuters reports.

The grounding was due to water levels, caused by drought in the region. The 1,075-km-long Romanian stretch of the river has been worst affected, where the water level was 90 cm on Friday in Galati, the largest Danube port, almost 5 metres below warning levels, reports say.

Around 30 inland waterway vessels are reportedly held up because of the blockage.

 

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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