More than a hundred ships cannot continue their journey on the Danube due to the low water level on this river on the Romanian-Bulgarian border, Bucharest TV Digi24 reported on Monday.
The station, citing representatives of the river shipping directorate in the Bulgarian city of Ruse on the border with Romania, reported that the lowest water level is currently around the islands of Belene and Batin.
It noted that cruise ships were suspended in the Romanian-Bulgarian section due to drought. She noticed that only very lightly loaded or unloaded ships could swim there.
According to sources cited by Bucharest television, no ship is currently trapped on the Danube aground, as captains avoid sailing in anticipation of a rise in the water level in the river.
“This situation, however, leads to losses for shipowners and companies,” noted Digi24, citing experts for whom this year’s drought will probably lead to the worst year for transport on the Danube. (PAP)
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