The Danube flows through Austria for approximately 350 kilometres and in doing so negotiates a difference in height of over 150 meters. This energy potential is utilised by the nine Danube power plants to produce energy from hydropower. To overcome the height difference, ships have to be locked through at each of these power plants. The smooth and service-oriented operation of the locks is therefore an essential part of a functioning waterway infrastructure. The lock installations themselves are owned by and are the responsibility of Verbund Hydro Power.
In accordance with the provisions of the Waterways Act, the Navigation Act and the Lock Supervision Ordinance, viadonau is responsible for the supervision and traffic control at the Danube locks, as well as the lock at Nussdorf on the Danube Canal.
More than 50 employees, working twelve hour shifts, are responsible for the supervision of these nine locks and are responsible for the following tasks:
For more about the locks on the Danube, click here.
13. 09. 2016