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The Arzviller Boat Lift, one of the French waterway’s most iconic features,which was closed between July 2013 and May 2014 following a serious incident (photo, left), closed again on July 10th 2014.

Information has it that repairs made during 2013-2014 have failed and that further work is now necessary to the tracks and rails that the tank runs on.

The Marne-Rhine canal is now closed at Arzviller and is likely to remain so until the end of 2014 mid-July 2015. There are serious consequences for self-drive hire boat and hotel barge operations in the area, as well as to private boat plaisanciers.