At Least Seven Dead in Danube River Cruise Disaster

By Marton Dunai and Krisztina Than BUDAPEST, May 30 (Reuters) - Hungarian rescue officials said there was little chance of finding survivors after a boat with South Korean tourists onboard sank on the Danube river in Budapest, with seven people confirmed dead and 21 missing. The boat was cruising on the river when it collided with a larger luxury passenger boat during a … [Read more...]

Record Low Water Levels on the Danube Hinders Shipping in Hungary

BUDAPEST, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Water levels on the Danube dropped to record lows on three sections of the river in Hungary on Wednesday due to a recent drought, hindering passenger cruise ships and causing losses to freight shipping companies. In Budapest the Danube receded to 0.61 metres, just above the record low of 0.51 meters recorded in 2003, the National Water Authority … [Read more...]

Rhine and Danube Water Levels Rising Fast in Germany

HAMBURG, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany were rising rapidly on Wednesday after recent rain and as warmer weather thawed snow, raising hopes of a return to normal shipping on the two rivers by the end of this week, traders said. The Rhine and Danube have been too shallow for normal sailings since late November, with some barges in Germany … [Read more...]

Hungary, Bulgaria Shipping on Danube as River Freezes Over

BUDAPEST, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Hungary and Bulgaria have banned shipping on the Danube as the river is freezing over and floating ice poses a risk. Gabriella Siklos, spokeswoman for the Hungarian General Directorate of Water Management, told Reuters on Tuesday that the ban was effective from 1500 GMT. Bulgarian river supervision authorities have also banned shipping on the … [Read more...]