HAMBURG, July 16 (Reuters) – Parts of the river Rhine in south Germany remain closed to shipping on Friday after a rise in water levels following recent torrential rain, German authorities said.
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The rain had raised Rhine water levels, and river shipping remains stopped around Maxau and Speyer on Friday, the German inland waterways navigation agency said.
High water means vessels to not have enough space to sail under bridges and the blockage prevents vessels sailing to Switzerland. But despite increasing water levels, shipping in northern sectors of the river is still operating, it said.
The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities including minerals, coal and oil products such as heating oil, grains and animal feed.
Reporting by Michael Hogan
Editing by Peter Graff
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