updated 1/22/2011 10:49:03 AM ET 2011-01-22T15:49:03

Cranes have begun working on salvaging a capsized tanker loaded with sulfuric acid that has been floating in the Rhine River for days.

German authorities say two of three cranes needed to right and recover the ship began work on Saturday. The work is expected to take several days or weeks.

Limited, southbound shipping has been allowed to resume through the bend where the capsized ship is still listing on its side. No acid has leaked.

The accident happened on a picturesque stretch of the Rhine near the famed Loreley cliff, where the river runs 370 feet (113 meters) wide and 82 feet (25 meters) deep, making it one of the most dangerous bends in the river.

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