the cargo ship is bad The terrible news I have read about Europe, especially about the water level falling along the Rhine, is mainly about the European maritime sector. "The Rhine is an important highway in France and a means of transport connecting Germany and Switzerland," says Schreiner. Merchant ships cannot carry general cargo at low tide. The weight of the cargo carried by this vessel affects the draft (the distance between the floor and the waterline). Since heavy ships are in the water, the distance from the buoy line to the river bottom must be increased to move safely without damaging the river. If a ship is forced to reduce cargo to cross shallow waters, a small cargo can be carried immediately. Companies need more ships to carry the same amount of cargo and freight rates are rising, all of which have a negative impact on the European economy. According to Schreiner, the most recent water level in Europe in 2018 had an estimated economic impact of €5.4m (£4.49m).