July 12, 2019 / 2:40 PM / a year ago

Rhine water levels hit 2-month low

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) -

* Water levels along the Rhine river, a key waterway for transporting commodities and other products from coastal areas to inland locations in France, Germany and Switzerland, fell to their lowest since May 21, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

* Levels at the Kaub WL-KAUB location in Germany hit 201 centimetres and have been steadily declining since late June, the data showed.

* Oil barge brokers said the low water levels meant barges were leaving the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp refining and storage hub to inland locations not fully laden.

* Water levels along the river hit a record low of 25 cm in October, which led to oil product shortages in Germany and Switzerland.

Rhine Water Levels Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2xMWnEQ

Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar and Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Jan Harvey

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