The Rhine River is poised to become virtually unpassable at a key point in Germany, with shallow water choking off shipments of energy products and other industrial commodities along one of Europe's most important waterways.
The marker at Kaub, west of Frankfurt, is expected to drop to the critical depth of 40 centimeters on August 12, just under 16 inches early on August 12, according to the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration. Most of the ferries carrying goods from diesel to coal are unable to transit the river at that level. It is set to drop to 37 centimeters the following day.
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