Germany’s federal transport secretary, Andreas Scheuer, has published an action plan aimed at dealing with extreme low water levels on the river Rhine
Dubbed ‘Niedrigwasser Rhein’ (Low water Rhine), the plan - officially unveiled on the river at Cologne - aims to mitigate the effects of extreme low water levels on the logistical chain. Climate change in general, and last year’s inland shipping disruptions due to drought in particular, explain Berlin’s thinking.
“H2O instead of CO2, we’ll make Rhine goods traffic future-proof," said Scheuer. The plan was developed in co-operation with German companies highly dependent on the Rhine for inbound raw materials and/or outbound finished goods exports, such as BASF and Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG.
The plan has eight threads. Four cover information, transport and logistics, infrastructure in the short term and the other four are long term initiatives.
Looking further ahead, the measures comprise: