German inland shippers' association calls for crisis measures after drought
German shippers' association BDB said that those employed in the navigation of the country's waterways should receive financial aid when their existence is threatened by extreme fluctuations in water levels.
The federal government set aside EUR150 million to EUR170 million for farmers affected by the hot, dry summer, but shippers have not had the same assistance.
Commercial shipping on the Elbe river, which runs from Germany's north-west coast to the Czech Republic, had to be halted months ago due to low water levels, BDB said.
"The consequences for commerical shippers and their industrial and business clients are serious," DBD added.
Some 70% of Germany's surface area is affected by extreme dryness at the moment, according to Germany's National Meteorological Service. ■