A Ukrainian barge carrying iron ore got stuck on a sandbar in the Danube River near the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Čunovo on August 23. On August 25 it was still unable to move from its location, the SITA newswire reported.
Although the operators of the nearby Gabčíkovo dam temporarily increased the river’s water level by 18 centimetres, the barge remained stuck in the sand. To get it floating again, it will probably be necessary to load part of its cargo to another barge, SITA wrote.
The Environment Ministry’s spokeswoman, Beatrice Hudáková, said international cargo shipping in this area of the Danube is not obstructed but increased attention is necessary by boat operators. The spokeswoman added that the reason for insufficient dredging of the waterway is a lack of funds available to the Slovak water management company that is responsible for doing so. Hudáková also said that to improve the conditions for navigation, it is necessary to deepen and widen the waterway.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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25. Aug 2011 at 14:00