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Germany’s Rhine Canals Stay Shut Amid Freezing Temperatures

February 13, 2012

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Large sections of Germany’s canal network linking to the Rhine River remain closed even as temperatures have risen today, the Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung, or WSV, said.

“The situation is unchanged from Friday,” Renate Schaefer, an official at WSV, said by phone from Muenster. “It is a little bit warmer and there is a mixture of snow and rain. The water levels are not causing any problems.”

The Rhine-Herne canal from Duisburg to Dortmund and the Elbe-Seiten waterway south of Hamburg are among the routes which are shut.

Temperatures in Frankfurt have risen to minus 2 degrees Celsius (28 Fahrenheit) after falling as low as minus 13 Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) on Feb. 11, according to CustomWeather Inc. data on Bloomberg.

The Rhine is Europe’s busiest inland waterway, used to ship oil products, coal and grain.

--Editors: Alessandro Vitelli, Raj Rajendran.

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