Ludwigshafen, Germany — Low water levels in the River Rhine will force BASF to stop production of TDI at Ludwigshafen.
The company said this is because it cannot source enough raw material through other transport routes such as road and rail.
Meanwhile, BASF stressed that only Ludwigshafen is affected and that it was not declaring Force Majeure. The company declined to comment on whether it would be active in the merchant market to meet its commitments.
The Rhine is a key transport route for the European chemical industry. Many of the industry’s plants are located on the river.
Low water levels reduce the number of chemical barges that can navigate the river. This means lower production for plants on the river, such as BASF’s in Ludwigshafen.