Cargo ship breakdown disrupts traffic on Germany’s Rhine

The Rhine river dried up in Cologne, Germany on August 10, 2022. (Martin Meissner/AP Photo)

BERLIN — A freighter that broke down on the Rhine triggered a backup of other ships near the German town of St. Gore on Wednesday.

The ship blocked the river until noon and was towed downstream to the town of Bingen. The water police said other ships heading in the same direction had to wait until the ship with its engines not running reached St. Gore.

It was not immediately clear how many ships were moored on the river and when traffic would return to normal.

Police said the problem with the cargo ship did not appear to be caused by severely low water levels in the Rhine.

Bingen divers planned to inspect the ship for damage, German news agency dpa reported.

Associated Press