Some 200 Dutch barges caught in Rhine jam

Some 200 Dutch container barges are backed up in a massive jam on the Rhine river in Germany as salvage experts wait to raise a ship carrying sulphuric acid which sank last week.

Special equipment to raise the sunken barge is on its way from Rotterdam by boat but has been held up because high water levels mean it cannot go under a bridge at Duisburg, news agency ANP said.
In the meantime, all shipping on a stretch of the river – an important inland water way between central Europe and Rotterdam – has been halted.
Experts think the water level in the Rhine will begin going down on Tuesday.
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