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  1. notamermaid

    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    I am able to answer my question more quickly than I thought. Two ships have definitely sailed through the Rhine gorge today. The Mona Lisa (CroisiEurope) and the Quo Vadis. They are 82m and 45m long, respectively. Sometimes small is practical. austinetc, I have seen the graphs on television. One a few days ago showed the rainfall at Wörth on the Rhine. The percentages were striking. Some months had only 60% of the average rainfall. I do not remember more details, apart from that one: 99% less than average in the first two weeks of October, i.e. it has hardly rained at all. You could try accuweather and wetteronline.de The second site is in German only but this page of amount of rainfall can give you some idea how little it is: https://www.wetteronline.de/?gid=DL&iid=DL&metparaid=RRS&month=10&pcid=pc_rueckblick_data&pid=p_rueckblick_colormap&sid=ColorMap&year=2018 I have put in October 2018 for you. You can change the date to the right of the map. Averages are often available on wikipedia. Other weather sites might be more helpful with averages. Or you can look here for Germany: https://www.wetterkontor.de/de/wetter/deutschland/rueckblick.asp?id=60 For Freiburg in Breisgau (a little East of the Rhine valley, i.e. the rain from there feeds the Rhine by means of small rivers) rainfall so far this year: 484.3, the whole of 2017: 840. To get even close to that second figure we would need many days of lots of rain. Doesn't look likely. notamermaid
  2. notamermaid

    The Elbe river 2018 - not just water levels

    Thought as much. And the river at Dresden is back to its "normal" low level again. I heard the odd news yesterday: the Spree is flowing backwards! Something to do with a weir/lock and the differing amount of water in the Havel and the Spree. Strange things are happening... notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    I have returned from work to find that river levels on the Rhine have fallen again. The rise yesterday was daily fluctuations only and both Kaub and Koblenz have got new lowest water level records, i.e. beat yesterday's. Koblenz is now at 22cm! Which means that (on paper) the depth of the navigation channel is 154cm. Ok, I think that almost puts an end to sailing in the Rhine gorge even for the ships smaller than 110m. I wonder who still dares to sail it? I have finally found some info on German companies and how they fare. But more on that later. notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    It is has been another warm day here on the Rhine, without rain (what else?) and new low water records (no surprise any more). To be precise Cologne got its new record at 8.30pm last night, sort of half a day earlier than expected. Upstream the river has gained a few centimetres during the day which one can regard as only temporary if we believe the experts. The levels tonight: Maxau 317cm, Kaub 34cm, Koblenz 32cm. Rain is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday but it does not sound as if we have reason to shout hooray. This is what the Rhine looks like at Emmerich and Duisburg (they are North of Cologne): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVet8bJa7No Today WWII ammunition has been found in Mainz in the winter harbour. It will be disposed of during the next few days. A shortage of petrol at some filling stations in North-Rhine Westphalia could happen soon. But holidays can still be enjoyable on the Rhine you just need to make the best of it. As shown by these passengers on a Viking river cruise ship. Yes, they interviewed passengers on the Viking Hild on television! Video "Rhine tourists have to stay on land" in German language https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland-pfalz/APP_NiedrigwasserMOMA,av-o1063372-100.html notamermaid
  5. notamermaid

    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Oh, no, not to worry! I mean the Summer season with the regular sailings stop. Theoretically that actually means there will be more boats available for private charter by the cruise companies. But I do not know if all ships will be kept available for charter or if some will be in winter sleep mode. The paddle wheeler is unable to sail but the other ships can, yet docking is the critical issue. Winter offers with KD You can look up on their website www.k-d.com notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Hello Cobbie48, since we spoke KD has announced that they are "ending the season early" due to the low water levels. I am glad to read that you are able to sail still with the Bingen-Rüdesheimer line tomorrow. They all end the season on Sunday. The weather is lovely, have a great trip tomorrow. notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Hello Wannawander, nice to hear from you again. To my shame I realized yesterday that I never replied to your original post. Thank you so much for posting your mum's and your story. It was very moving. On your recent travels I know you could not get to the place you where born - too far from the river - but was wondering how your trip has been? notamermaid P.S. Busy days ahead but will be back here tonight.
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    River levels upstream from Rüdesheim and in the Rhine gorge as well as Koblenz remain more or less unchanged. Koblenz to Amsterdam: the river section from Koblenz to about the border with the Netherlands (I am not familiar with the situation in our neighbouring country) has a desired navigation channel depth of 2.50m and then later even 2.80m. In this drought we are far below those figures. Both Andernach and Bonn downstream from Koblenz have got themselves new lowest ever recorded water levels earlier today. So while river traffic is still moving, things are getting tighter and ships at least slower. Bonn currently has a navigation channel depth (on paper) of 197cm. Trickier still than the actual sailing is finding suitable places to dock. They are getting scarce upstream from Bonn. Many docking places do not have the depth of the navigation channel and become inaccessible. This has happened to landing stages for river cruise ships and excursion boats. Another ferry has stopped sailing... This is the 16th update of the low water situation report of the BAfG in Germany (short English summary at the end). The photo of the Rhine near Bacharach in the Rhine gorge says it all: https://www.bafg.de/DE/07_Nachrichten/BfG_Niedrigwasserbericht_181018.pdf?__blob=publicationFile Abb.7 shows you the graph of what the experts think will happen at Kaub in the next few days. notamermaid
  9. Amsterdam to Koblenz is part canal, part river, the Netherlands has problems but the river is still navigable, I am not familiar with the canal section. But traffic is slowed down for sure. The navigation channel Koblenz to I think just after the border with the Netherlands has a desired navigation channel depth of 2.50m (the upper part) and 2.80m (the lower part). Sounds good, doesn't it? But with the river being so low we are under those depths and - no surprise any more I know - Andernach got itself a new lowest water level since records began earlier today. Andernach is full with ships that have got stranded. Next suitable place from there is Linz, then what? In short, ships can sail but it is getting tight for the biggest ones, slow and tedious as there are few places to dock for the 135m ships upstream from Bonn. To give you an idea: Bonn currently has a navigation channel depth of 197cm (on paper). And got itself a new ... see above. 😭 notamermaid
  10. notamermaid

    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Oh dear. I am sorry to read that. At least you are mentally prepared. But it could still work out for you. It also partly depends of course if APT is going to take the risk and wait to see if better weather reports come in. Oh, it is all a mess... I sincerely hope it will work out for you. notamermaid
  11. notamermaid

    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    G.M.T., Donauversickerung, that is a fascinating read. Thank you. Things are constantly changing in the landscape around albeit very slowly. In many years from now the landscape of Germany will have changed considerably. Here is a fun fact: the Thames in England was once a tributary of the Rhine. During the ice age the rivers flowed a different path and met somewhere in what is now the English island as we know it and flowed as one into the North Sea much further North than the Rhine does today. Currently the river looks so diminished that one might assume it is possible to get beavers to build a dam at Bacharach in the Rhine gorge and cut it off from the North completely. If it wasn't for the Moselle... notamermaid
  12. Oh my goodness. I can certainly understand that you feel let down. I can only say that train travel is easy in Europe and if wanted to head up to the Rhine it would be easy to do. But a short cruise on the is awkward as winter season starts this weekend. And the Rhine is difficult even for excursion boats. Round trips at Cologne and Düsseldorf are still possible. Any chance of getting a last minute deal with a small cruise line? Not sure if you could walk into a travel agent in Amsterdam and ask. Ships can still sail the river... For trains perhaps try "the man in seat 61". From Amsterdam having a trip to England could be fun. I hope you can find some consolation and get a satisfactory outcome with financial matters with the river cruise company. notamermaid
  13. notamermaid

    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Not quite. The Basel area and about two thirds of Switzerland feed the Rhine. East-southeast of Basel is the divide and the drainage system of the Danube. The mountains are called the Swabian Jura and at the closest point Rhine and Danube are only about 60 kilometres away from each other, but I would need to check the figure again. notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Our posts crossed. This one is now gone but is not the last they will have found. I suspect the current drought will reveal another one somewhere along the river. The level at Kaub is forecast to fall to 24cm! notamermaid
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    Pully8, It is bad for the economy, logistics are badly affected, all the commodities that are transported along the Rhine are hit. Heating oil will be more expensive this winter, there have been reports of shortages of some raw materials. BASF in Ludwigshafen, the massive chemical company is of course not happy and scrap metal is not reaching its destination within the normal time frame and in the normal quantities. On top of all that there is another problem adding to the time factor: river closure. I have already mentioned a tanker having got stuck. During the rescue operation there was fortunately one-lane traffic, not a complete closure. But today the river was closed at Cologne for a while as yesterday an unexploded bomb was found in the river bed South of the city centre at Rhine kilometre 684. It was destroyed in a controlled explosion just after one pm and police have already declared that traffic can resume. All those unexploded bombs, we live with them, but it is nevertheless a scary thought. notamermaid
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