17 Oct 2018

Low Water – The situation is becoming critical

Unfortunately, again no significant rainfall is forecast for the next few days. By the end of this week
the Kaub Gauge is expected to fall below the 40 cm mark, and is thus approaching a historic low. This means that our barges can no longer navigate the Middle Rhine ("Loreley“) without danger.

Thus for reasons of safety our barge activities on the Upper and Middle Rhine will be largely discontinued if the gauge level at Kaub falls below 40 cm. We will then position our fleet of barges in such a way that we can be sure of safely unloading your containers at one of our terminals.

We will make every effort to continue to transport your containers. As long as gauge levels on the Lower Rhine still allow navigation, we will maintain our "land bridge" between the terminals on the Upper and Middle Rhine and out terminal in Neuss. However, we must point out that our truck capacities are limited.

We are also continuing to offer our rail transport service from our terminals in Wörth, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Neuss and Duisburg, however these capacities are also limited. In order to find out what alternatives we can concretely offer you for your containers, please directly get in touch with your usual contact partner at Contargo.

Due to the difficult situation we must regretfully point out that we can no longer guarantee to adhere to
arranged delivery dates and that, according to our General Terms and Conditions (AGBs) we no longer have an obligation to transport below a gauge level of 81 cm at Kaub and below a gauge level of 181 cm at Duisburg-Ruhrort.

We must also point out to you that at these gauge levels we cannot accept any liability for possible costs that may be incurred through delays in the delivery / collection of containers.

We hope for your understanding and will be glad to answer any questions you may have. As soon as there are signs of an improvement in the water levels, we will inform you straight away.


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