Focus: Flooding

The Rhine has an impact on life and work at the Ludwigshafen site – and not just when the water level is extremely low.

In the event of flooding too, as was most recently the case in January 2018, there is also a staggered catalog of measures to safeguard production and safety at the site, which was specified by the site’s flood committee. The committee, which is under the leadership of ESE, comprises representatives from the Infrastructure Ludwigshafen and Environment Monitoring units, as well as the site fire department. Depending on the water level and further forecasts, the committee decides which measures are to be taken – for example, if and when the Rheinuferstraße is to be closed.

The shipping logistics experts at BASF remain relaxed in the event of flooding: “Flooding is normally not a problem for inland waterway transportation, as it only affects the Rhine at specific places and temporarily,” said Dieter Mehrle, Barging Services Europe (G-FPO/ER). Even if the Rhine has a high water level, fully loaded ships are still able to travel on the river. “In the worst case, the area affected by the flooding is completely closed for shipping for a few days. The ships must then dock for the specified duration and wait until the flooding has subsided before continuing to the unloading stations,” added Mehrle.