12 Aug 2022

Barge navigation to be discontinued on the Upper and Middle Rhine

Since no significant rainfall is expected in the coming days, we expect the Kaub Gauge level to fall below 40 cm from this coming weekend. Then our barges will not be able to sail without danger, and for reasons of safety we shall have to largely discontinue our navigation on the Upper and Middle Rhine.

We will position our barge fleet in such a way as to be able to safely unload your containers at one of our terminals. We will do our utmost to continue to transport your containers. So long as the gauge levels on the Lower Rhine allow inland navigation, we can transport containers via a land bridge between the terminals on the Upper and Middle Rhine and our terminals on the Lower Rhine. However, we must point out that our trucking capacities are limited.

We will continue to offer our rail transports for our terminals in Basel, Wörth, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Neuss and Duisburg; however, these capacities are limited. To find out what alternatives we can concretely offer you for your containers in individual cases, please get in touch with your usual contacts at Contargo.

Due to the difficult situation we regretfully have to point out that we can no longer guarantee to meet all deadlines and that, according to our General Terms and Conditions (AGBs), for gauge levels below 81cm in Kaub and below 181 cm in Duisburg-Ruhrort, we no longer have an obligation to transport. We also wish to point out to you that we cannot accept any liability for costs that may be incurred by delays in delivery/collection of your containers.

We trust in your understanding and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. As soon as there is a prospect of improvement in the water levels, we will inform you straight away.


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25 Sep 2023

Kaub 141 +0 LWS
Köln 194 -2 LWS
Ruhrort 286 +1 LWS
Emmerich 126 +2

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