Serbia: Danube River Faces Lowest Level Since 2003

Due to lack of rainfall, the Danube is currently facing its lowest levels since 2003.

Bigger ships are being blocked by multiple sand bars as a result of an extensive draught.

According to the WWF human undertakings such as gravel extraction, dredging and dams have contributed to a significant loss of wetlands that can soak up water during rainy periods and release it slowly during drier times.

Andreas Beckmann, WWF Danube-Carpathian programme director, stated that the current situation highlights the importance of minimizing the impact of structural interventions.

On Tuesday around 100 ships carrying more than 1,000 tonnes were blocked where the Danube enters Serbia at Bezdan because water levels were 56 centimetres (22 inches) lower than normal.

The water levels will have to rise by at least 50 centimeters in order for traffic to resume. However this seems to be unlikely since no rain has been forecasted.

The Danube, Europe’s second largest river, originates in Germany and flows through Central and Eastern Europe before emptying into the Black Sea.

Dredging Today Staff, December 1, 2011;

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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