25 Nov 2021

UPDATE: Low Water on the Rhine

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Gauge levels on the Rhine are continuing to fall, and weather forecasts do not predict any substantial rainfall in the next few days. The gauge level at Kaub could soon fall below the 61 cm mark. This will further reduce the loading capacities of the barges, and we shall then require five times as many barges in order to transport the same tonnage. We will continue to make every effort to transport all containers in good time.

For lower gauge levels, we extend our LWS tariffs as follows:

Kaub Gauge level

20’ containers

40’ containers

80 – 71 cm

175,00 € per container


225,00 € per container


70 – 61 cm

240,00 € per container

300,00 € prer container


60 – 51 cm

320,00 € pro Container

425,00 € pro Container



These surcharges will apply for full containers transported by barge between the ports of Rotterdam/Antwerp and stations on the Rhine/Main above Koblenz.

In this connection we also wish to point out that when the Kaub gauge falls to 0.80 m or lower, we no longer have an obligation to transport. Regardless of this, we will undertake everything possible to continue to transport booked containers. We ask your understanding for the fact that we shall no longer be able to meet deadlines with certainty. This is also clearly stated in our General Terms and Conditions.

As an alternative loading option, there are rail connections at the Contargo locations to/from the seaports. Here, too, we are trying to increase capacities by the addition of special trains.

Please inform your booking departments accordingly. As soon as water levels improve, we shall be in touch with you straight away.

We hope for your understanding and ask you to pass on this information to all responsible employees in your company. If you have any questions and/ or require more information, our personnel will be glad to help you.

Water levels

26 Jun 2022

Kaub 166 +24
Ruhrort 266 -3 LWS
Emmerich 106 +3

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