The drought has caused a historically low level of water to the Rhine and there is still no prospect of improvement. Therefore, ship traffic is seriously disrupted. The German government is working on adjusting the rules for fuel transportation through the road to reducing shortages. According to the German Tankstellen-Interessenverband gas station, some petrol stations are already empty. "It's because of logistics and the problem is very big," the spokeswoman says.
Usually around 100,000 tons of diesel and related fuels are transported from Rotterdam across the Rhine every week. Gasoline is used in the other direction.