• Short Summary

    East German officials announced on January 3rd that the Mittelland Canal -- the main waterway for West German coal shipments to west Berlin -- would be closed for eight weeks from January 15th.

  • Description

    East German officials announced on January 3rd that the Mittelland Canal -- the main waterway for West German coal shipments to west Berlin -- would be closed for eight weeks from January 15th. for "urgent repairs" to locks near Magdeburg.

    The announcement came as a surprise to west Berlin city officials. The closing of the canal is no small matter, especially in view of the immense amount of tonnage carried along the waterway.

    Statistics reveal that in 1957 the total tonnage waterborne was 2,395,000, of which coal accounted for 1,419,000 tons.

    At Westhafen congestion of goods - cement, coal, tinned foods - is mounting up, owing to the fact that vessels are prevented from entering owing to the ship-lifting lock, at Rothensee being closed.

    This means that traffic must proceed via Hamburg, a very expensive detour.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAYR20DMVRP2C1N5MFIDSFX3D7
    Media URN:
    VLVAYR20DMVRP2C1N5MFIDSFX3D7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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