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Main Danube Canal

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Lock closure 2012 starts

Since yesterday, the Rhine Main Danube Canal is closed for maintenance. All locks shall be reopened from April 28th 12 PM on.

WSV Announcement April 12th (PDF)
WSV Announcement April 10th (PDF)
WSV Announcement April 10th (PDF)

Winter is over

It's just a few days until the new season starts. According to German authorities all rivers are shipable again. There might be a few ice blocks close to locks, but this is not a major problem. And though river levels are rising due to melting ice and snow, there is no threat of high water levels at the moment.

Danube frozen over

German authorities closed the Kachlet and Jochstein locks in the vicinity of Passau due to ice on February 5th 2012. The Main Danube Canal was already closed 2 days earlier, but icebreakers are used on the canal to avoid that massive ice chunks damage bridges or locks. Parts of the Main river are closed for the same reason.

Lock Closure Main Danube Canal 2012 / 2013

According to the 'Wasser- and Schifffahrtsamt' Nuremberg, the Main Danube Canal locks will be closed for maintenance in 2012:

Begin: 2012 April 10th
End: 2012 May 1st

Not all locks will be closed all the time, but the canal in total won't be continuously cruiseable.

For 2013 the closure time is planned from

Begin: 2013 April 08th
End: 2013 April 24th

The 2013 dates are not finally confirmed, so I will keep you informed