Going Via Locks, Will They Be Frozen?


An enormous a part of the river cruise expertise goes via locks.  Final summer season, on our Portraits of Southern France itinerary with Viking River Cruises,  we went via a bunch of them. Elevating or reducing only one or a number of boats at a time, the locks, canals, and waterways that make up the Danube’s navigation system.

The distinguishing characteristic of a lock is a set chamber during which the water degree might be different. We’ve got been via quite a lot of completely different locks on our voyage as seen on this photograph album.

Lately, strikes by the operators of the lock system introduced disruption not solely to river cruises however to the transport of freight as properly. In Germany, lock keepers carried out rolling strikes, which prolonged past the preliminary timeframe and resulted in some locks being quickly closed.

The Altenwörth Lock in Austria was working with one among two chambers open, which had the potential to trigger a minor delay in crusing time relying on river visitors on the time a ship is passing via. For that purpose, river cruises might arrive early or late at locations.

A number of Viking ships had their crusing schedules altered by the closure of locks through the strike as they did throughout instances of excessive (or low) water ranges.

why-did-europes-danube-ri_1However in December, with snow and ice and frozen temperatures, will the locks freeze?

In February 2012, that was certainly a priority as a “Russian winter” local weather sample saved Europe frozen as a robust Siberian anticyclone hovered over northern Russia and triggered intense chilly and snow.

That isn’t taking place proper now so we ought to be good to go.

A number of years in the past, the Danube did freeze and its freezing was simply one among many extreme winter occasions on the time.  Heavy snowfall blocked roads and stranded cities in central Italy. A practice in Montenegro was stranded on the tracks for 3 days on account of heavy snow. Even Venice’s well-known canals froze and that by no means occurs. However that chilly streak was the worst in many years, mentioned Jim Andrews, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com in a Scientific American report.

That is what you usually tend to expertise:



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