Due to the fact that an Inland vessel can transport such high volumes of goods, inland waterway transport (IWT) represents an attractive and cost efficient transport option for the Austrian economy. This is especially the case for bulk goods.
The Danube offers ample spare capacity and round the clock service. There are no weekend or night driving bans or restrictions on the Danube.
One of the safest methods to transport your goods is also extremely environmentally friendly: a ship can transport one ton of goods over 370 km using the same amount of fuel that a lorry uses to transport the same amount of goods a mere 100 km. 70% less fuel consumption also means 70% less CO2 emissions.
Around 10 million tons of goods are transported annually on the Austrian stretch of the Danube – without noise or congestion. This is the equivalent of a 100 kilometre-long convoy of trucks transporting goods from Vienna to Linz every day.
The Danube offers inland navigation a natural infrastructure with correspondingly low investment costs and no additional land use. The investment costs for road transport are double those of inland navigation and six times higher for rail transport.