viadonau News http://www.viadonau.org/index.php?id=9 de_AT viadonau Österreichische Wasserstrassen-Gesellschaft mbH Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:29:43 +0200 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:29:43 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-1485 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:01:15 +0200 Liquid bulk in the spotlight – viadonau starts initiative for chemical and petrochemical products http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/liquid-bulk-in-the-spotlight-viadonau-starts-initiative-for-chemical-and-petrochemical-products Connecting the experts to create new transports – this is the focus of the new 2-year initiative in the field of Danube logistics for “chemical and petrochemical products on inland waterways”. On 25th of June around 25 experts from the shipping and the mineral oil sector took the opportunity to discuss the potential of liquid chemical and petrochemical products for Danube Navigation in the Tech Gate Vienna. Mineral oil products, biodiesel or chemical products, for all of these goods the Danube Waterway can offer a safe and cheap transport solution. Several agglomerations are located along the Danube including also fuel depots and refineries as well as chemical companies. In the field of liquid bulk more than 1.3 million tons of mineral oils were transported on the Austrian Danube only in 2018. With 20% of the total transport volume this group has a high importance and took the center stage during the kick-off workshop of this initiative.

What future potential is offered by a transport via Danube and what strategic developments are possible? This question was discussed by the attending experts form the mineral oil and the tanker shipping industry. Attila Heves from MOL Austria and Piotr Zielinski from Lukoil - both companies operate one or more sites with direct access to the Danube River - presented their logistical concept showing an efficient integration of Danube navigation. The challenges of the daily business for a shipping company operating on the Danube were highlighted by Norbert Baumann from Danu Trans. At last Mario Kaufmann from viadonau explained current and future opportunities for electronic reporting and fleet management using River Information Services: a harmonised corridor system for all riparian countries should enable a single reporting for international transports.

During a common discussion, all speakers and participants debated especially about strategic developments like e.g. LNG as fuel and cargo for inland ships. In conclusion of the discussion it became apparent, that such systematic changes of the sector can only be realized in cooperation of industry and logistic service provider.

The initiative “chemical and petrochemical products on inland waterways” has just started. Additional products like chemical fertilizers, various synthetic materials and other chemical products will be discusses in the following expert workshops.

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news-1467 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:07:14 +0200 Annual Report on Danube Navigation – Compact and Digital http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/annual-report-on-danube-navigation-compact-and-digital The Annual Report on Danube Navigation in Austria ensures a clear view along the waterway and at the same time provides detailed information regarding current developments regarding traffic, transport volume, fairway situation and more. The current edition of the inland navigation compendium can be downloaded by now. 7,2 million tons of transport volume on the Austrian Danube, 6,1 million tons of waterside transshipment at the Austrian Danube ports – the data from 2018 clearly confirm: The distinctive low water period of last year’s summer and autumn was a burden for the Danube being primarily a challenge for the area of goods transport. While transport and transshipment fell by one quarter, the passenger navigation remained stable (-0.4%) and was even able to record a slight plus with about 465,000 passengers (+3.3%) in the field of river cruises. In 2018 the waterway Danube in Austria was available on every single day, at the same time remaining accessible – not least due to focused proactive activities of the waterway management by viadonau. Thus, for example, a proactive improvement of critical shallow sections and an optimization of existing hydraulic engineering in a nature-friendly way were achieved with dredgings in the ford areas Rote Werd and Trauschütt.

How the development of inland navigation at the Austrian Danube looked like in detail in 2018 and also exciting trends regarding groups of goods, modal split, fairway depths, locking of ships and many other factors can now be brought to home screens, tablets or smartphones. Click here to download.

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news-1456 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:15:32 +0200 Hello from Munich – Austrian Danube logistics on the global stage of economy http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/hello-from-munich-austrian-danube-logistics-on-the-global-stage-of-economy Reunion in Munich: Every two years the Danube River finds its way to the Capital of Bavaria. This was ensured by viadonau and the IGÖD partners. From 4 to 7 June the joint stand “Treffpunkt Donau Östereich” (Meeting point Danube Austria) at the transport logistic – the international trade fair for innovative transport-, traffic and logistics solutions – became once again an attractive center of gravity for experts, stakeholders and interested parties to exchange information about the current and future potential of the Danube as the most environmental friendly transport mode of the European traffic network. Dialogue unites: This was shown in Munich by viadonau and the IGÖD partners – the ports of Linz, Enns, Krems, Vienna and WienCont. Both, at the joint stand and in the subject-specific discussion and presentation forum interested business operators together with specialists and Young professionals of Danube logistics focused in a pleasant networking atmosphere on new transport possibilities. Additionally, they informed about innovative logistic offers along the Danube and gained information about current developments from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. The current status of the economic development in the Danube Region was presented at the Danube Ports Info Day organized at the joint stand. Experts from a wide subject range of companies such as Port of Vienna, Pro Danube International, Ennshafen OÖ, Port Governance Agency, Maritime Port Administration Constanta, iC consulenten ZT GesmbH and Danube Logistics SRL provided first-hand answers. What have the Danube countries already achieved together in the framework of international development projects like DAPhNe? Which challenges are still ahead? There is common agreement that not only economic effectiveness but also international ecologic goals require a transformation of transport networks. The most environmentally friendly inland navigation must also be prepared for for this step. While, due to the digitalization of waterways, port information and logistic systems, a development is already in progress, there are infrastructural gaps along the Danube that have to be closed. Furthermore, the connection to the hinterland needs further improvement and ports require uniformly higher standards. Significant projects that aim at the improvement of transport infrastructure at the river, such as the reconstruction of the lock Gabcikovo in Slovakia, are strong signals of an economic optimism along the Danube.

To make optimum use of the waterway and to better position it for future logistic challenges, a consequent customer orientation is needed – a principle that has become a leading motto for viadonau and the logistic service providers along the Austrian Danube a long time ago – unconditional customer service. At the transport logistic fair viadonau and the IGÖD partners gave the stage to those, who are in close contact with business partners as well as with users of the waterway in their daily business. Which current developments do they perceive in their professional environment? It soon became apparent that the ports at the Austrian Danube are continuously upgrading their logistic and infrastructure services. Thus, the port of Linz is opening up new space with the project ”Neuland” to optimize the port infrastructure and, at the same time, to revive innovatively the port area of Linz and better connect with the locals. However, service optimization is also the winning formula when it comes to locks: Shorter waiting times for navigation and a consequent modernization of communication technologies are improving sustainably the framework conditions for reliable transportation planning on the river. In a word: Variety and diversity of the Danube professionals made sure once again that the Danube performs well at the Isar River.

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news-1442 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:28:26 +0200 Up-to-date bridge data online – viadonau supports transport planning on the Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/up-to-date-bridge-data-online-viadonau-supports-transport-planning-on-the-danube The planning and implementation of transports of oversized cargo remain a challenge for vessel operators. viadonau offers as of now up-to-date data on bridges along the entire Danube – a benefit for both passenger- and cargo shipping. When it comes to the planning and implementation of oversized cargo transports, the available vertical clearance is often a decisive factor. In close cooperation with experts from the Danube riparian states, viadonau offers constantly updated bridge data to provide a decision-making basis for transport planning. A list of Danube bridges published by viadonau contains data relevant for navigation along the international waterway. These parameters include the location (river-km), vertical clearance at highest navigable water level (HNWL), horizontal clearance at low navigable water level (LNWL), reference gauges, number of passageways and allowed direction of passage.

This data was collected and processed in the frame of the EU-funded project RIS COMEX by project partners from eight Danube riparian states. RIS COMEX aims to offer efficient River Information Services to public authorities and logistic providers in order to facilitate the implementation of transports along the Danube. The published list of bridges was created by the responsible waterway and river information service operators to their best knowledge and belief. viadonau will continue to function as coordinator and update the data within the framework of this international cooperation on a regular basis.

The list of bridges can be accessed here in English and German.


Disclaimer: The final decision regarding the passage under a bridge is subject to the responsibility of the captain. Thus, any claim of liability based on this list of bridges provided by viadonau as service feature is by any means whatsoever excluded and void.

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news-1432 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:25:19 +0200 Grand finale of the “Bioenergy meets Danube logistics” meeting series! http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/grand-finale-of-the-bioenergy-meets-danube-logistics-meeting-series Fostering sustainable usage of biomass for energy production in the Danube Region and the increase in share of environmentally friendly biomass-transport on the Danube is the main concern of the ENERGY BARGE project. An outstanding feature of the project is its cross-sectoral approach: the project brings together key actors along the entire value chain, stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Danube ports as well as relevant public authorities and policy stakeholders in order to support transnational know-how transfer and cooperation. Business-to-business (B2B) meetings for the use of synergies between the biomass/bioenergy sector and the Danube logistics sector are an essential element of the project, offering a neutral platform for initiation of new transports on inland waterways.

Using the motto “The Danube – A Stream of Energy”, viadonau and the Port of Vienna organised the first out of five regional business-to-business meetings in the framework of the Danube Business Talks in October 2018. The event successfully connected Danube logistics companies and the bioenergy and biomass sector. With speakers from the companies AGRANA, Münzer Bioindustrie, Bulmarket and the Port of Rotterdam the event featured key companies in the field of European biomass logistics. The B2B matchmaking event this marvelous prelude also offered a favourable framework for strengthening the Danube as a logistics axis for biobased cargo.

After another opportunity for a B2B event at the end of 2018 in Bratislava organized by Slovak Shipping and Ports JSC, in January 2019 the MAHART-Freeport Budapest hosted the third stakeholder conference under the motto „DanuBeGreen“. A port visit and fruitful B2B meetings raised expectations for the next event, to be held in Vukovar, Croatia.

The organisers, Croatian Wood Cluster and Port Authority Vukovar, outreached the expectations of the participants from the logistics and biomass sector from entire Croatia and the Danube region by offering an interesting site visit to a large biomass company “Spačva d.d.” and a great conference programme.

The final B2B event, end of March, hosted by Port of Straubing offered a unique opportunity to round up the B2B meeting series. It featured extraordinary speakers, site visits to key companies in the port area and constructive bilateral business meetings.

In total 200 participants visited the B2B meetings organised in five countries. This number confirms the need for neutral cooperation platforms in the field of Danube logistics to initiate new inland waterway transports and to promote a modal shift towards the Danube waterway. Thus viadonau will foster B2B meetings in future and extend this proven concept to other cargo groups together with international partners.

More information on the ENERGY BARGE project:
www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/energy-barge

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news-1400 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:55:32 +0100 Equal opportunities for more success http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/equal-opportunities-for-more-success viadonau knows: Equal opportunities for everyone expand the performance spectrum and benefit the business – thus, equality of opportunity is a key factor of successful modern business strategies. On the occasion of International Women’s Day the company is this year once again presenting in the Report on Equal Opportunities the activities and impulses of viadonau that aim at creating framework conditions for an equal treatment of employees regardless of sex, religion, ethnic origin or belief. When it comes to equal opportunities in the workplace, viadonau has a concrete solution: Flexible working hours, telework, part time leadership or an active maternity management including educational and care leave are rights ensured a long time ago – in that way, the company addresses the individual living conditions of the employees. Esteem, integration and promotion regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation or disabilities is through a key principle of viadonau. A diverse workforce expands the company’s horizon internally and externally – diversity is understood as an important resource. In order to consolidate this business philosophy and to continue in the direction regarding equal rights, viadonau is coordinating both internally organized working group equal opportunities and externally within the platform equal opportunities – a network of 50 state-related companies – as well as in the framework of the diversity network meeting initiated by BMVIT in 2017. A current focal point is digital accessibility.

The toughest barrier for women on their way to higher diversity in the workplace is often a lack of perception. A high number of professional worlds related to the Danube are still dominated by men. This also applies for the transport sector, where currently only 20 percent of the employees are female. At the same time the events organized in the framework of the Austrian EU Presidency 2018 showed an increasing share of female specialists and top managers in an upcoming transport branch. At the Danube Business Talks as well as at the RIS COMEX Stakeholder Forum in Vienna renowned experts like Désirée Oen (EU coordinator Rhine-Danube-Corridor), Karin de Schepper (Inland Navigation Europe), Catherine Rivoallon (chief executive officer Port de Paris), Vera Hofbauer (Director of Navigation BMVIT) and Nicolevon Klaveren (Port of Rotterdam) were able to get involved in a competent way. viadonau aims at strengthening this positive development to more diversity and equal opportunities along the Danube. Thus, the company is supporting the EU initiative “Women in Transport” and at the same time is raising awareness of the young generation for working at the Danube. On the annual Vienna Daughter’s Days and the Federal Girls’ Days in the End of April viadonau is traditionally inviting girls to get to know the varied professional world of the company. Experts talk about their everyday working situations, specific education and extensive experience. The focus is on playful discovering, fascinating technical processes and rich nature along the Danube.  viadonau is convinced that attention creates interest and opens new perspectives – for future female logistics specialists, project managers and captains.

In the report on equal opportunities at viadonau 2019 the company is giving insights in important impulses, offers and current developments in order to make possible equal chances for everyone in a varied and constantly changing working world.

Further links:

www.facebok.com/Frauentag
twitter.com/hashtag/frauentag
www.bmnt.gv.at/service/kalender/land/Weltfrauentag.html
www.femtech.at/en/femtechs-database-female-experts (Female expert database)

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news-1389 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:50:57 +0100 A Strategic Research Agenda for Inland Waterways Transport http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/a-strategic-research-agenda-for-inland-waterways-transport The future lies in research and development – this also applies to the field of inland navigation. In the framework of the technology platform WATERBORNE, the INE (Inland Navigation Europe) presented on 24th January 2019 in Brussels the Strategic Research Agenda serving as a basis for future investments in research and development from the inland navigation sector and the European Commission and containing appropriate measures and developments up to 2050. The waterway is an important transport route and furthermore a mode of transport with low environmental impact. Therefore, development and raising awareness for inland navigation is even more important. As a member of Inland Navigation Europe, viadonau is committed to promoting a sustainable and innovative development of inland navigation and waterway in corporation with other platform partners. In this context viadonau has coordinated the projects PLATINA and PLATINA II and is currently a partner of the research consortia of the projects AEOLIX and NOVIMAR in the EU Horizon 2020 programme which runs until 2020.

The initiative Inland Navigation Europe a network of European waterway managers - contributes to harmonising the needs of the Danube River and other waterways and helps to anchor inland navigation as an environmentally friendly mode of transport in the European Agenda. The main focus is on a clearly defined common goal: the development of the waterway. Therefore it is important to provide targeted information regarding the potential of Danube navigation and, moreover, to anchor it in the future Horizon EU Framework Programme for Research in order to achieve all goals of the National Action Programme Danube by the BMVIT.

Among others, following goals of the lately presented Strategic Research Agenda are of priority: zero-emission, resource efficient economy, sustainable waterway development and improvement in terms of mobility and logistics. To make these goals achievable, investments in research and development from the inland navigation sector, the European Commission and the member states are essential.

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news-1236 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:35:52 +0200 Trends, networking, new markets – successes and challenges along the waterway at the Danube Business Talks 2018 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/trends-networking-new-markets-successes-and-challenges-along-the-waterway-at-the-danube-business-talks-2018 The Danube: A Stream of Energy. This year’s motto of the Danube Business Talks on 10th and 11th October in Vienna was versatile on purpose. The Danube – a source of energy, tourism magnet, leisure paradise and natural area – represents at the same time the lifeline of a dynamically developing transport economy that is entering new markets and addressing innovative sectors. The current focus: biomass and bioenergy. In the framework of the third edition of the business platform successfully organised by viadonau, an international expert audience came together to discuss how to make better use of the strengths of the waterway. This year the passenger shipping sector was represented for the very first time. Federal Minister Norbert Hofer and Désirée Oen, EU coordinator for the Rhine Danube corridor, were there to accept corresponding requests and requirements of industry stakeholders. In order to ensure the added value, a development of the Danube River in a predictive and integrative way is essential. Therefore international cooperation is of immense importance. Under the umbrella of the European Strategy for the Danube area and in the frame of the National Action programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, several initiatives and projects like FAIRway Danube and Danube Stream were started to harmonise maintenance standards in a common way. "Nobody is able to face the challenges along the Danube on his own", Federal Minister Norbert Hofer said to the expert audience of 200 persons at the Danube Business Talks in his welcome speech and pointed out: "The promotion of an efficient and sustainable European transport network can succeed only in an international common effort. To take this forward is one clearly defined goal of the Austrian EU presidency." Also Désirée Oen, EU coordinator for the Rhine-Danube corridor, mentioned that at European level the Danube has long become a priority. The Danube is an exceptional tourism magnet that attracted 1.3 million passengers (+2.8%) in 2017. This positive trend can only continue if the flow stays ecologically intact and, at the same time, operational in terms of transport. International projects like FAIRway Danube for a harmonisation of information services related to fairway data should contribute ensuring a reliable decision making basis for planning inland waterway transports along the entire Danube - an enormous benefit for the passenger and even more for the cargo shipping industry which is in particular reliant on sufficient fairway depths.

Once again the availability of the waterway was a key topic for representatives of the inland navigation sector, including Wolfgang Lüftner from Lüftner Cruises. The managing director of Lüftner Reisen GmbH noted that an effective measurement and maintenance of the fairway along the entire Danube would help to increase the growth of a sector which is booming anyway. But he also stated that there is quite enough potential left regarding cross-border cooperation. Therefore the Danube countries still need to be encouraged to implement sufficiently high information and maintenance standards. In order to reduce effectively the difference existing between possible capacities and actual transport volume on the Danube, primarily innovations like a consequent move to LNG-fuels, standardised information services and training need to be realised, Otto Schwetz from Pro Danube Austria stated.

There is still potential left for goods that are particularly suitable for waterway transport. In order to create specific incentives for the transport industry, viadonau has started several priority initiatives concerning high and heavy cargo, renewable raw materials, recycling products and building materials in corporation with ports and shipping companies in recent years. The EU funded project ENERGY BARGE is based on the findings from these initiatives and aims at an increased use of bio mass for a sustainable energy production in the Danube region and further at shifting the biomass transport to the Danube waterway. At the Danube Business Talks event the Austrian Danube ports presented a positive development for this sector. Thus, Gerhard Gussmagg from Rhenus Donauhafen Krems reported about 30,000 cubic meters of biomass and cellulose loaded annually and highlighted the continually expanded port infrastructure. The project ENERGY BARGE started in the beginning of 2017 and will run until the middle of 2019 in cooperation with 15 partners from the Danube logistics sector and the bio energy industry. It is co-financed at 85% by the European Regional Development Fund. "Projects like FAIRway Danube, Danube Stream and ENERGY BARGE show that especially in terms of international cooperation a lot has happened. That offers us the opportunity to transfer our high standards across the borders and to develop the Danube River in a common and targeted way", Hans-Peter Hasenbichler, managing director of viadonau, summed up.

Mission for the future
The improvement of cooperation among Danube countries and the willingness of private enterprises to invest in the development of the waterway in recent years increased the importance of the Danube across borders. For a secure future of the river as a sustainably developed and prosperous living and economic space, further impulses at both national and international level are required. Thus Manfred Seitz (Pro Danube International) and Theresia Hacksteiner (European Barge Union) presented a "Draft Findings Paper" to Norbert Hofer and Désirée Oen containing requests of the economic stakeholders along the Danube and declarations of the umbrella organisations European Barge Union, European Skippers' Organisation, Pro Danube International and Pro Danube Austria. The mission is clearly defined: To build the tomorrow of the Danube upon the successes of today.

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news-1158 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:04 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-1  

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news-1138 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:10:00 +0200 Navigation in view of digitalisation – viadonau presents annual report 2017 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/navigation-in-view-of-digitalisation-viadonau-presents-annual-report-2017 The latest annual report on Danube navigation in Austria for 2017 clearly shows that the Danube waterway is still in line with the trend. Therefore, solid growth was recorded in both transport volume (+6%) and waterside transhipment (+6.5%) at the Austrian Danube ports and transhipment sites in 2017. The number of locked-through vessel units also rose (+2%) and so did the passenger traffic volumes (+2.8%). Key factors to the positive development are an easily available waterway and tailor-made and modern services for a safe navigation along the Danube. How did the freight transport develop in detail? How did the fairway depths evolve in 2017? And what about the availability of Danube locks in Austria? These and other questions concerning the waterway are answered by the current annual report on Danube navigation with the accustomed high level of quality. The main inland navigation trends are presented in a clear and well organised way. At the same time the compendium provides the latest information and insights into projects and plans for a further digital modernisation of the waterway – from the development of the Waterway Asset Management System (WAMS) and international co-operations for the European top modern River Information Services (RIS) through to measures for internationally harmonised maintenance and information standards of the project FAIRway Danube.

The current annual report on Danube navigation in Austria 2017 ensures a clear view of the waterway. Click here to download now.

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news-1123 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:54:04 +0200 Nature Conservation and Navigation alongside the Danube River http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/nature-conservation-and-navigation-alongside-the-danube-river In the frame of the EU-funded project Danube STREAM transnational cooperation between waterway authorities shall be further improved and waterway management further harmonised. Besides improving the quality of Danube waterway infrastructure and information services environmental sustainability shall be guaranteed as well. To strengthen not only transnational cooperation but also to benefit from synergies between several projects Danube STREAM organised an Intersectoral Conference in cooperation with DANUBEparksCONNECTED and DanubeSediment with the topic Nature Conservation and Navigation alongside the Danube River. The Conference took place from 29-30 May 2018 in Kladovo in Serbia, where the current status of the projects were presented and further cooperation and synergies were discussed.

Danube STREAM is a project funded by the EU in the frame of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme.

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news-1098 Fri, 25 May 2018 11:45:24 +0200 Danube Business Talks 2018 – Registration now open http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/danube-business-talks-2018-registration-now-open Concentration of inland navigation know-how in Vienna: The third edition of the Danube Business Talks will be held on 10 and 11 October 2018. As an established forum for innovative transport and logistics solutions, the successful business platform offers international entrepreneurs, experts and other interested parties a seat in the first row to receive information on current key topics of Danube navigation. Trends – networking – new markets
In order to position the Danube as a high-performance transport axis in the European transport network, the waterway needs special attention. Therefore the Danube Business Talks offer once again an ideal platform. Shipping companies, port and terminal operators and cargo owners will deal with current issues, illustrate new economic opportunities and discuss required impulses for the future of the Danube waterway. Which measures are currently implemented for the development and modernisation of the infrastructure? What has been done in order to improve the traffic conditions on the Danube? How can the reduction of administrative barriers within crossborder freight traffic be promoted? The aim is to develop new markets and to determine the potential of future transport opportunities.

„A Stream of Energy“
Bioenergy meets Danube logistics. With appropriate framework conditions the strengths of the Danube can be utilised in a meaningful and efficient way – consequently the spectrum of the groups of goods suitable for waterway transport is growing. This time the focus is on new markets for Danube logistics in the European bioenergy and biomass sector. Thus experts from the industry and logistics sector will be analysing promising perspectives for biomass transport on the waterway. The aspects covered will range from raw materials to end products like biodiesel or bioethanol.

Passenger navigation for the first time part of the agenda
This time passenger shipping will also be thematically covered in the event to provide insights in current developments of this fast growing industry. The goal is to identify and utilise available potentials and trends together with important national and international players. In addition, a field trip offers a practical insight into the booming passenger shipping sector on the Danube.

The Austrian EU Presidency offers a favourable framework to develop border-crossing solutions for strengthening the Danube transport axis. In addition to the international exchange between companies, authorities and politicians, the B2B-platform Danube Business Dating provides once again opportunities for establishing new business contacts.

Following high-level speakers will turn Vienna into a hotspot of current developments on the Danube waterway on the 10th and 11th October:

  • NORBERT HOFER, Austrian Federal Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (welcome note)
  • DÉSIRÉE OEN, Policy Advisor to Rhine-Danube Coordinator, European Commission
  • HANS-PETER HASENBICHLER, Managing Director, viadonau
  • GERHARD GUSSMAGG, Managing Director, Rhenus Donauhafen Krems
  • WOLFGANG LÜFTNER, Managing Director, Dr. W. Lüftner Reisen GmbH
  • VIATCHESLAV VDOVITCHENKO, CEO, First-DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH
  • LJUBIŠA MIHAJLOVIĆ, Director, Directorate for Inland Waterways Plovput
  • THOMAS BOGLER, Vice President Nautic and Technic, Viking River Cruises AG
  • FRITZ LEHR, President, Pro Danube Austria (PDA) / Commercial Management, Port of Vienna
  • WALTER SCHRAGEN, Head of Raw Material Procurement & Logistics, AGRANA Stärke GmbH
  • MLADEN STANKOV, Trade Manager, Bulmarket DM Ltd.
  • GREGOR REINDL, General Manager, Münzer Bioindustrie GmbH
  • NICOLE VAN KLAVEREN, Business Manager Dry Bulk & Energy, Port of Rotterdam Authority
  • GERD KRÄMER, Managing Director, Central Danube Region Marketing & Development GmbH
  • BURGHART LELL, Director Operations, Avalon Waterways
  • ROBERT STRAUBHAAR, CEO/President, River Advice AG
  • DANIEL JARNEA, Head of Marketing Department, National Company “Maritime Ports Administration” S.A. Constanta
  • RADU COMANICI, CEO, Danube Cruises Romania SRL

Register now!
You wish a clear view at current trends on the Danube waterway? Register now! Here you can get more details on the event and information how to register.


An initiative of the Danube action programme of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit).

The Danube Business Talks 2018 are organised in close cooperation with the transnational project ENERGY BARGE. A project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF).

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news-1089 Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:59 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-14  

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news-1084 Fri, 04 May 2018 18:53:37 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-15  

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news-1081 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:27:30 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-17  

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news-1074 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:46:51 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-18  

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news-1071 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:55:17 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-19  

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news-1063 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:54:18 +0200 This article is only available in German. http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/this-article-is-only-available-in-german-20  

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news-1055 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:05:24 +0100 Danube SKILLS promotes transport development on the Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/danube-skills-promotes-transport-development-on-the-danube In the framework of the EU-funded project, Danube SKILLS, experts for transport development from viadonau visited Constanta in Romania at the end of February, where the first training session for the preparation of the new “Danube logistics promotion centres” was carried out. The training hosted participants from seven different countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania. The training is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in order to establish successful promotion centres and to ensure a high level of information services along the entire Danube. Austria as a model: Aiming at creation of new sustainable transport solutions through more intensive international cooperation, the training focused on transnational know-how exchange. Thus, experts from viadonau presented their knowledge and tools with regard to customer-oriented information services to equip the project partners for the setup of successful “Danube logistics promotion centres”. Among several contributions from the participants, well established internet-based tools for inland navigation, such as the Danube Logistics Portal operated by viadonau or further websites used for obtaining information, were presented and tested interactively. In this way, authentic customer inquiries related to transport requests, lock status and current ice conditions were processed by using online-tools and directly applied for a practical implementation of a “Danube logistics promotion centre.”

Conclusion: Due to the customised preparation in the framework of Danube SKILLS the project partners are on a good way to position themselves as a central contact point for requests regarding Danube logistics in their countries – for a free and neutral information service along the entire Danube.

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news-981 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:20:18 +0100 FAIRway Danube starts delivering results to the waterway users http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/fairway-danube-starts-delivering-results-to-the-waterway-users FAIRway Danube actively supports waterway management authorities in 6 countries along the Danube in improving waterway management activities on their particular section. On 28 November 2017 the project partners reported on the progress made under the lead of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and viadonau. Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, as well as representations of the logistics industry were pleased with the intermediate results of FAIRway Danube. Between 2015 and 2020 FAIRway Danube provides current and harmonized information about shallow sections, water levels and water level forecasts. Available depths will be used optimally by adapting the location of the fairway to the highest possible water depths and the most suitable nautical conditions. In parallel, FAIRway Danube aims at preparing the harmonized rehabilitation of the Danube and its navigable tributaries. Pilot operations of new harmonised services for waterway users and the contribution to technical specifications or operational concepts for the equipment are integral parts of FAIRway Danube.

Until December 2017, significant progress was made:

  • National Action Plans, which provide information on the fairway conditions and planned measures, were updated in October 2015, May and October 2016 as well as in May 2017. Those reports also provided the factual basis for the meeting of Transport Ministers in Rotterdam on 20 June 2016.
  • The first surveying vessel was baptised on 25 October 2017 in Vukovar (Croatia). The vessel provides more accurate data for the fairway users and for activities of the waterway authorities. Additional vessels for Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia will be delivered later this year. Four marking vessels are currently under construction and will be delivered in the 2nd half of 2018. In their operation, they will support the signalling of the fairway.  Nine gauging stations are currently being set up in Croatia. For nearly 30 additional gauging stations, all preparations for the public procurement have been made so that their operation can start later in 2018.
  • On basis of the pre-feasibility study on the rehabilitation of the Gabčíkovo locks (Slovakia), which was prepared within FAIRway Danube, a Connecting Europe Facility project worth 145 Mil.€ was approved by the European Commission and the tenders for works were launched in May 2017.
  • Following three Steering and Advisory Committee meetings in Brussels, a series of national user fora was organised in order to obtain feedback from relevant private and public stakeholders.

In 2018, the project will not only focus on finalizing the construction of the vessels and installation of the gauging stations, but also on providing the current and harmonized information about shallow sections. This way, FAIRway Danube will provide a valuable contribution to the realisation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

More about FAIRway Danube

Contact: 
Andreas Bäck (Project Coordinator) via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH Donau-City-Straße 1, A-1220 Vienna Tel: +43 (0) 50 4321-1609
Email: andreas.baeck[at]viadonau.org    

Claudiu Dutu (Project Dissemination) AFDJ – River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati Galati, 32 Portului Street, Romania Tel: +40 (36) 460016
Email: claudiu.dutu[at]afdj.ro 

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news-973 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:29:37 +0100 PlasticFreeDanube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/plasticfreedanube Awareness of a clean Danube has increased in the last years in all neighbouring countries. Keeping the river clean is in the meantime a common European concern and finds its expression also in the European strategy for plastics. Within the cross-border project PlasticFreeDanube funded by the EU viadonau is committed together with Austrian and Slovak partners to a comprehensive investigation and sustainable solutions in order to avoid plastic pollution in the Danube. In this regard the first meeting with national and international strategic partners took place on January 24th 2018 in Hainburg, Lower Austria. Synthetic materials are among the most diverse materials ever and are part of almost all sectors of our daily life. The great success of plastics as a source for all purposes at the same time creates problems regarding plastic waste and its disposal – also in and along the Danube. A study of the Austrian Environment Agency from 2015 calculated the plastic load amounts in the Austrian Danube up to 40 tons per year. About 90 per cent of the plastic particles in the Danube River are emitted by diffuse sources like littering, fragmentation and transport by wind, run-off from sealed surfaces (e.g. roads, parking spaces etc.), construction activities etc. The remaining 10 percent originate from industrial activities such as production processes, conversion and transport. While some fractions of the plastic waste get stuck and pollute the riverbanks – especially in the area of hydropower plants – a bigger part of the plastic waste is transported by the Danube until the Black Sea. Thus, rivers act as considerable distributors for the increasing plastic pollution of the oceans and the growing islands of floating plastic waste.

Profound and reliable data are essential for effective measures. Hence PlasticFreeDanube focuses on extending the knowledge about sources and transport behaviour of macro plastic (> 5 mm) in the Danube River and its environmental impacts. Standardised methods to monitor and evaluate pollution by macro plastic shall be developed which should then lead to pilot measures and finally to an action plan against plastic pollution in and along the Danube. Important starting points are thereby capacity building and awareness raising activities of the project.  

The bilateral project PlasticFreeDanube funded by the EU (Interreg SK-AT) is implemented by five partners from Austria (i.e. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) – Institute of Waste Management (ABF) & Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (IWHW), viadonau, Donau-Auen National Park) and Slovakia (i.e. Repanet, o.z. and PI SAS – Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) and 17 strategic partners. 

More about PlasticFreeDanube
European Circular Economy Action Plan
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news-955 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:58:47 +0100 Initiative on building materials is gaining momentum – break bulk transports increasing http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/initiative-on-building-materials-is-gaining-momentum-break-bulk-transports-increasing The second expert workshop “Building materials on inland waterways” took place on 30th November 2017 in the Port of Enns. Around 30 experts from the building material and Danube logistics sector attended the discussion on potentials and chances of inland navigation. The workshop was organised at the logistic centre of the port of Enns, with a perfect view of the Danube River. The event was designed to provide a neutral platform for the exchange of information between the representatives of the building material and the Danube logistics sector. This offered the participants the opportunity to establish new business-to-business contacts and to initiate new transports on the Danube waterway.

The focus of this workshop was once more set onto the experts from the private sector. During the discussion on the current logistics requirements of the building material industry the participants identified new possibilities for a modal shift towards inland navigation. Dr. Auer, managing director of EHG Ennshafen, highlighted the comprehensive services dedicated for construction material, which are offered by the transhipment and storage providers located in the port. Mr. Ockermüller from GeroCret clarified the perfect suitability of concrete parts produced by his company – also including high & heavy products – for inland waterway transport. GeroCret’s production facility in Langenlebarn offers direct access to the Danube River. The company is considering an upgrade of its transhipment site in the long term.  

Mr. Reithofer presented a strategic outlook on possible inland waterway transports of raw construction materials by the company Bernegger. The company Bernegger already gained experience with transports on the Danube in the past. Inland navigation will play a more crucial role in the future, particularly due to environmental regulations and guidelines becoming more stringent (especially in urban areas). To close, Mr. Holzhammer and Mr. Ockenfels outlined transhipment possibilities for building materials in the port of Antwerp offering the gate to international transport connections.

Building a bridge to the previous working initiative dealing with recycling products, a technical visit took place at the TBS GmbH, a subsidiary of the company Bernegger. This enterprise operates a storage facility for Bernegger and a waste treatment plant for shredder residues in the Port of Enns.

The unanimous conclusion of the workshop: Especially in times of increasing cost pressure and upcoming environmental regulations, break bulk offers big potential for a modal shift towards inland navigation. The next expert workshop will take place in spring 2018 and will focus on another cargo group: roll on/roll off transports of construction machines.  

Concrete prospects after the workshop 
At the mid-point of the initiative “Building materials on inland waterways” viadonau can announce a significant success. On 13th December 2017 concrete blocks produced by the company GeroCret Ockermüller Betonwaren GmbH were loaded with a mobile crane on an inland vessel at the transhipment site in Langenlebarn and were shipped successfully to Ybbs, the location of the customer, Schaufler GmbH. This trial run was initiated by a business contact at the building material workshop and opens the way to an increased use of inland waterways. The companies Prangl (transhipment with a mobile crane) and PAN EUROPE LINE (chartering) provided a smooth loading of the inland vessel.

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news-927 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:17:59 +0100 New EU co-financed surveying vessel baptized in Vukovar, Croatia http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/new-eu-co-financed-surveying-vessel-baptized-in-vukovar-croatia On 25th October, the European coordinator for the Rhine-Danube Corridor Karla Peijs baptized the first surveying vessel within the EU-project FAIRway Danube in presence of Oleg Butković, Croatian Minister for Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure. The vessel was named “Connecting Europe 1” and provides up-to-date recordings of the riverbed, which is of high value for fleet operators and shippers. The Croatian surveying vessel is the first of a total of nine specialized vessels put into service within the FAIRway Danube Project in order to help the issue of navigation safety on the Danube River. The vessel is financed under the Connecting Europe Facility, the 27 Billion Euro investment programme of the European Union.

The focus of FAIRway Danube is to provide current and harmonized information on shallow sections, water levels and water level forecasts. Available depths shall be used optimally by adapting the location of the waterway to the current riverbed conditions. This way, FAIRway Danube is aiming at the improvement of the fairway conditions of the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

The ship's godmother Karla Peijs emphasized that putting into service of "Connecting Europe 1" is of high symbolic importance for the broader development of the European project. The vessel will provide an invaluable service to the whole inland waterway community for many years to come. The Transport Minister of Croatia Oleg Butković also stressed the potential of waterway and added that the investments in the Danube and in the Sava are essential elements to improve the competitiveness of industry and tourism.

Details on FAIRway Danube: The project FAIRway Danube is the first implementation phase of the "Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries" which has been developed in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

The Master Plan was endorsed by the Danube Ministers of Transport in December 2014. It aims at reaching and ensuring good navigation conditions throughout the year by providing a minimum level of service. FAIRway Danube is carried out jointly in 6 countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. The actions are co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme of the European Union.

During the project term (July 2015 - June 2020), FAIRway Danube will significantly increase the knowledge on shallow sections of the Danube waterway, so that the fairway routing can be optimized and national rehabilitation measures drafted. Furthermore, FAIRway Danube prepares for the full deployment of the Master Plan by providing the foundation for supplementary and additional projects.

Further information about the Fairway Danube project can be found in the project database and on the project website.

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news-895 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:45:48 +0200 Danube STREAM presents Common Danube Report 2016 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/danube-stream-presents-common-danube-report-2016 Within the framework of the Danube STREAM project, the Common Danube Report 2016 was presented: the Danube waterway administrations are providing a joint information source regarding Danube waterway transport. The Common Danube Report 2016, created within the Danube STREAM project, summarizes key performance indicators of Danube waterway transport: data on fairway parameter availability, passenger and freight transport volume, closures of navigation, lock statistics and fairway information services along the Danube waterway. Furthermore, the report also gives an overview of ongoing projects and initiatives.

The Common Danube Reports, developed in the EU co-funded project NEWADA, have been provided since 2012. They are a tool to offer easy-to read key data to all interested parties.

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news-891 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:44:04 +0200 Service and know-how – Danube SKILLS as an economic asset for the Danube region http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/service-and-know-how-danube-skills-as-an-economic-asset-for-the-danube-region As part of the Danube SKILLS project, so-called one-stop shops are set up to serve as public information points providing free available services for (potential) customers of Danube logistics services. These one-stop-shops will ensure a quick and easy access to logistics-relevant information in order to foster a modal shift to inland waterway transport. At the same time, Danube SKILLS focuses on professional nautical education with the aim to create uniform training standards along the entire Danube. The quality of public information services focusing on the Danube logistics sector varies widely between all ten riparian countries: Therefore the main goal of Danube SKILLS is to create a uniform service level regarding the provision of data and information on Danube navigation. The strategy is to bundle information at one-stop-shops and provide an easy and free of charge access for potential customers of Danube logistics services.

In Austria, online platforms such as the Danube Logistics Portal or the DoRIS website as well as the Manual on Danube Navigation are already part of the established information services. An optimized information exchange along the entire Danube will directly support the industry and the logistics sector in planning inland waterway transport and will contribute to an improvement of transport safety. In the long run, the awareness for potentials linked to Danube navigation will increase and an effective modal shift towards the waterway will become possible.

During the last Danube SKILLS Meeting in mid-September in Vienna, the project partners developed a joint work programme in which the concrete services of future one-stop-shops were defined. The work programme will be implemented jointly over the next two years by all project partners.

A high service level at Danube SKILLS goes hand in hand with common nautical training standards in inland navigation. In addition to the provision of market-neutral information on the Danube logistics sector, Danube SKILLS aims at uniform and international recognized minimum requirements for nautical training. Therefore, jointly developed nautical education standards are an important goal to obtain certificates which are transnationally accepted.

The project partners will therefore not only contribute to the economic development in the Danube region, but also to an increase of quality regarding a competent and safety-conscious education for the occupational group.

Further information is available on the project website, Twitter and Facebook.

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news-813 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:13:54 +0200 Start of the EU project ENERGY BARGE – ENERGY BARGE creates synergies between the biomass sector and Danube logistics http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/start-of-the-eu-project-energy-barge-energy-barge-creates-synergies-between-the-biomass-sector-and-danube-logistics The kick-off event took place on 28 February in Linz, Austria with both project partners and selected companies from the biomass and the Danube logistics sector. The aim of the meeting was firstly, to inform the public about the project’s planned activities, results and benefits for the target groups and secondly, align the activities with the expectations of the project beneficiaries. Furthermore two external speakers, Mr. Christian Schlagitweit from proPellets Austria and Mr. Ralf Jina from the First-DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH, were invited to give key note presentations regarding the energetic use of biomass and biomass logistics in the Danube region.

Mr. Schlagitweit’s presentation outlined the growing European market for wood pellets and its potential for cargo on the Danube not only because of the growing production in the Black Sea Region but also because of the increasing demand which has to be satisfied through imports.

Mr. Jina gave an overview to the company First-DDSG Holding GmbH. He demonstrated the routes of transport on the Danube waterway and also gave an impression on the dimensions and capacity of different vessels used by his company. Through this presentation, the project consortium has been given an impression of the possibilities of inland waterway transport and its limitations.

The presentations of these stakeholders have shown how important the transport of goods on the Danube is and that the project meets current requirements.

Project details
A large amount of biomass is available along the Danube with the potential to improve energy security and foster sustainable energy production. However, currently biomass is mainly processed locally due to a lack of secure, efficient and environmentally-friendly logistic solutions. The ENERGY BARGE project for the first time will build on synergies between the bioenergy industry and the Danube logistics sector. For this purpose ENERGY BARGE will analyse requirements regarding transport, handling and storage of the biomass feedstock, identify promising biomass products for inland waterway transports, initiate concrete transports via Danube through B2B events and implement pilot actions in selected Danube ports.  

The ENERGY BARGE team consists of 23 project partners (15 PP and 8 ASP) from the bioenergy industry and Danube logistics sector from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Italy ensuring a broad geographic coverage and the participation of partners from all EU countries along the Danube. The project duration is 30 months: January 2017 – June 2019.

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news-778 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:46:24 +0100 Transport Research Arena 2018 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/transport-research-arena-2018-1 From 16 to 19 April 2018, the Transport Research Arena (TRA), the largest transport research conference in Europe, will take place in Vienna under the motto "A digital era for transport". The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology will host the conference jointly with the Austrian Institute of Technology and AustriaTech and has, among other goals, set a clear goal of significantly increasing the proportion of women among speakers, reviewers and participants. Proposals can be submitted to the following topics:

  • Environment and Energy Efficiency
  • Vehicles & Vessels - Design, Development and Production
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics
  • People Mobility - Systems and Services
  • Freight Transport and Logistics
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Connected and Automated Transport
  • Digital Technologies for Transportation
  • Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems
  • Human dimension in transport
  • Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy

The topics of the contributions will refer to all modes of transport: road, rail, waterborne and aviation. Moreover, here will be presentations and discussion on cross-modal themes and on topics that are not mode-specific.

The deadline for submission is 21 March 2017.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, the submission will be in English. For more information, please visit http://www.traconference.eu/call-for-abstracts/ 

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news-750 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:16:07 +0100 FAIRway Danube reaches first milestones in international waterway management http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/fairway-danube-reaches-first-milestones-in-international-waterway-management FAIRway Danube actively supports waterway management authorities in 6 countries along the Danube in improving waterway management activities on their particular section. On 13 December 2016 the project partners reported on the progress made within the first 18 project months under the lead of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and viadonau. Between 2015 and 2020 FAIRway Danube provides current and harmonized information about shallow sections, water levels and water level forecasts. Available depths will be used optimally by adapting the location of the fairway to the highest possible water depths and the most suitable nautical conditions. In parallel, FAIRway Danube aims at preparing the harmonized rehabilitation of the Danube and its navigable tributaries. Pilot operations of new harmonised services for waterway users and the contribution to technical specifications or operational concepts for the equipment are integral parts of FAIRway Danube.

Within the first 18 months, significant steps were made:

  • National Action Plans, which provide information on the fairway conditions and planned projects, were updated in October 2015 and May 2016. The most recent update provided the factual basis for targeted actions aligned at the meeting of Transport Ministers in Rotterdam on 20 June 2016.
  • FAIRway Danube has well advanced with the specifications of surveying and marking vessels as well as 39 gauging stations. The corresponding tenders worth around 4 Mil.€ were already launched, thus the pilot activities can start in 2017/2018. The first surveying vessels will deliver high-quality data as of summer 2017 already.
  • FAIRway Danube prepared the pre-feasibility study on the rehabilitation of the Gabčíkovo locks, which was one of the enablers of a 145 Mn.€ works project (out of which 122 Mil.€ from the European Union). The modernisation of the lock enables the permanent operation of both lock chambers thereby ensuring more efficient locking procedures for the shipping sector.
  • Following the international kick-off meeting in Brussels on 9 February 2016, national user fora were organised in Slovakia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria in order to obtain feedback from private and public stakeholders.

Please save the date already for the next user fora:

  • 21 June 2017 in Bratislava
  • 17 May 2017 in Budapest
  • 30 May 2017 in Ruse
  • 13 June 2017 in Constanta

The next project year will focus on finalizing the specification of the vessels and gauging stations and start the pilot operation on selected sections of the Danube.  This way, FAIRway Danube will provide a valuable contribution to the realisation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

Key project facts

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news-718 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:41:28 +0100 Common Issues Meeting in Vroenhoven, Belgium http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/common-issues-meeting-in-vroenhoven-belgium From 21 to 25 November, Hasselt was the host city of the second RIS Week in 2016. Between expert group meetings, Wednesday 23 was devoted to the RIS Common Issues Meeting. A high participation of 112 delegates showed the high interest in technical RIS developments and updates as well as discussions of how the current RIS services fit in the future DINA framework towards a Digital Inland Waterway Area. Main topics of the event:

  • Strategic Developments
  • Technical Developments and Updates
  • Current RIS Services vs. future DINA framework
  • RIS in Flanders: Live demonstration of VisuRIS
  • Moderated discussion towards a Digital Inland Waterway Area

The RIS Week was hosted by Promotie Binnenvaart Vlaandern vzw, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV and nv De Scheepvaart and co-organized by the RIS Week Support team of viadonau. The full documentation of the Common Issues Meeting can be downloaded on www.ris.eu/news in PDF format, including all presentations and the minutes of meeting.

The next RIS week will be held in May 2017 (8-12) in Belgrade, Serbia, organized by the Directorate for inland waterways PLOVPUT in cooperation with viadonau.

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news-701 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:04:49 +0100 Danube Logistics Portal updated & on video http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/danube-logistics-portal-updated-on-video Since the launch of the viadonau "Danube Logistics Portal" in March this year, the platform has been continuously updated and new profiles have been added. The online directory "The Blue Pages" contains numerous new logistics service providers while the "Danube Ports" were expanded by additional Danube ports. Furthermore, viadonau gained new partners for joint advertising campaigns.

A quick and comprehensive overview on the “Danube Logistics Portal” will now be given in a 1 minute video. The video is available on the viadonau YouTube channel.

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news-584 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:20:28 +0200 Last chances to apply for the green vessels funding programme http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/last-chances-to-apply-for-the-green-vessels-funding-programme The last Calls for the „Aid Scheme for Green Inland Waterways Vessels“(Förderprogramm umweltfreundliches Binnenschiff) have been fixed and will end with 30th of September 2016 and 3rd of March 2017. There is still the possibility for shipping organisations to request a funding offered by the Austrian Ministry.

bmvit is committed to assisting companies with the environmentally friendly modernisation of their fleets and supporting them with the implementation of new technologies. Direct grants are available for the refitting of ships with environmentally friendly equipment and machinery. Funding is processed by viadonau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH.

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news-582 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:14:42 +0200 Manual on Danube Navigation now available for download! http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/manual-on-danube-navigation-now-available-for-download The third edition of the Manual on Danube Navigation celebrates its third birthday. Reason enough for viadonau to make it available for download in digital form. How many locks are there the along the Danube? What kinds of goods are transported by inland vessels? Where are the most important ports located?
These are only some of the questions the Manual has an answer for. Download your Manual now here on the viadonau website free of charge - in English, German or Hungarian.

The hardcover version is still available for those who want this important work of reference at reach any time. You can order it by clicking the link above and send an email to place your order.

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news-580 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:11:21 +0200 Strong impulse for Danube navigation from EU investments funds http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/strong-impulse-for-danube-navigation-from-eu-investments-funds On 8 July, the European Union agreed on funding investments for 195 transport projects that will receive €6.7 billion of EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). For all EU Member States, this means boosting growth and generating up to 100,000 jobs by 2030 in the European Union. Cohesion Fund Member States received almost 85% of the funding, which will help bridge the infrastructure disparities across the European Union. All in all, the investment in the waterborne infrastructure and in ports nears €200 Million until 2020 which translates into an important step for the Danube. This decision of the European Union is not only a major financial contribution; it is also a strong impulse for inland navigation in Europe and in the Danube region. For viadonau, this means funding investments for physical and traffic infrastructure as well as for intelligent transport system, more specifically River Information Services (RIS).

Infrastructure development boost
viadonau has made it its mission to tackle infrastructure bottlenecks on the Danube and find the proper balance between navigation and the Danube's ecosystem. Knowledge on shallow sections of the Danube waterway to optimize fairway routing, rehabilitation measures, such activities among many others, are at the core of the improvement of the physical conditions of the fairway. Thus, the EU funding represent more financial means for projects of crucial importance such as the rehabilitation of the Gabčíkovo locks until 2020 and the development of the Galati multimodal platform, a project that will contribute to enhance the way waterway management is being run in Romania. The pre-feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Gabčíkovo locks was in fact developed within the viadonau-coordinated FAIRway Danube project (2015-2020).

RIS
In Austria the development and implementation is a success story which started in 1999. Since then RIS services have been established in many European countries. These important digital information tools are constantly being improved and enhanced in order to constantly guarantee accurate and reliable data on the current state of the waterway inside and outside national borders. Since the launch of RIS in Austria, viadonau has led or intensively collaborated in a wide range of projects, the last in date being CoRISMa (2013-2015), the predecessor of RIS COMEX, the Austrian-coordinated, multinational initiative which will pave the way to the next generation of River Information Services.

What it means for the users
Understanding the needs of the stakeholders is utmost priority. Waiting times at locks and delays means jeopardizing the reliability of the transport process and ultimately additional costs and furthermore reducing the reliability of the Danube as a transport route. Lock rehabilitation, less bottlenecks, more fluidity on the waterway and increasing reliability of the transport mode inland navigation will be the benefits that the users will not fail to praise.

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news-551 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:37:31 +0200 The Danube waterway merits attention – Second edition of the Danube Business Talks in Linz http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/the-danube-waterway-merits-attention-second-edition-of-the-danube-business-talks-in-linz Now more than ever. Especially in tough economic times, it is worthwhile to take a closer look at the Danube. Whether through the development of new markets, the development of information technologies or innovative transportation and logistics solutions - the Danube waterway offers many opportunities for the one of the most dynamic economic regions in Europe. Yet, the Danube is also a natural mode of transport that relies to a far greater extent on external conditions than rail or road. Following the record heat of 2015 and an extended low water period, one of the most pressing issues of the Danube Business Talks 2016 organized by viadonau, was see to it that the long term economic viability and reliability of the waterway could be ensured. In addition to latest news on current issues on the future of transport axis Danube, the 150 delegates from 12 countries found at Danube Business Talks a communication platform with fresh ideas, modern solutions and fascinating insights from national and international experts. And at the core of the talks: strategies for an ever more efficient and yet always safer use of the Danube waterway from the perspective of waterway management, shipping, river engineering, infrastructure, transport and logistics.

Fostering strengths and integrating usefully into the European transport network
Inland navigation is efficient and versatile. When it comes to high loading capacities, it is top of its class. Yet, the outstanding transport potential of inland navigation is rarely fully exploited. Transport companies and skippers agree: Highly fluctuating fairway conditions, but especially shallow waters often drive to delicate compromise when it comes to loading volumes. Thus, in order for the waterway to play its strengths optimally, a responsible and appropriate maintenance and a modern and seamless monitoring is required. The National Action Programme Danube of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport Innovation and Technology (bmvit) has made it a priority to increasingly promote the holistic development of the waterway in accordance with the goals set by the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Economic, environmental and safety interests are thereby connected in a solution-oriented manner in order to strengthen the prospects for the sustainable use of the Danube. Ursula Zechner, Head of Section IV Transport at the bmvit, explained in her opening address at the Danube Business Talks, that in order to achieve the most reliable availability of the waterway, proactive and precise measures are of utmost importance: in an exchange with conference participants, the traffic expert put it in a nutshell:"2015 has demonstrated that we must more than ever, think of the Danube waterway in terms of sections. By examinining even more closely where and in which areas development steps are necessary, we can increase the safety of use of the Danube on the long run, thus strengthening incentives for its increased inclusion in multimodal transport chains. "

Representatives from the sector also voiced again their demands for an even tighter network of transport modes to make optimal use of the advantages of each system. This view was also expressed by Johannes Hödlmayer, entrepreneur and Chairman of Transport and Logistics Division of the Upper Austria Economic Chamber, who emphasised that only an economically viable integration of all modes of transport could bring benefits for the Danube.

Finding building blocks of stability
"Build on the Danube Corridor" - the motto of this year's edition of the Danube Business Talks was also the message of the Conference. And the future of the Danube can only be built on a solid foundation. This clear message was conveyed by viadonau CEO Hans-Peter Hasenbichler: "Efficient waterway management and traffic management are only a few of the important building blocks that we need to ensure a stable development along the entire waterway. Tailor-made as much as practicable services for all waterway users, the effective use of funding but also innovative information platforms for logistics, such as for instance the brand new Danube Logistics Portal, are essential prerequisites for lasting future perspectives on the Danube. " A responsible development towards high standards can therefore not end at national borders .

On the waterway like on rails
The development of the Danube as a reliable transport route is a joint project that goes beyond borders. With the approval in 2014 of the Master Plan for the joint maintenance of the Danube, the Danube countries agreed to develop harmonized standards for waterway infrastructure - a milestone on the path to higher transport safety along the entire Danube. Marc Vanderhaegen , expert on ports and inland waterways at DG-MOVE of the European Commission, explained that "with the Master Plan, we have set things in motion in one of the key development areas of the European transport network and thus are creating new opportunities for the pan-European transport industry". The Master Plan will not only increase the availability of information on the waterway, it will also provide valuable current data in order to take even more targeted measures on waterway management along the entire Danube.

New Markets- optimizing the strengths of Danube navigation
Where does the Danube flex its muscles? Although inland vessels are known for carrying high volumes, some groups of goods are even more suitable for transport on waterways. One promising area of ​​focus for IWT in Austria is certainly recycled products. In the Upper Austrian Ennshafen Port alone, between 40000-50000 tons of recycled products are handled on average annually. Especially with high and heavy and bulky commodity groups, the competitive edge of IWT is also synonym with relieving congested roads. Werner Auer, Managing Director of Ennshafen Port, confirmed that with its exceptional capacities, the Danube waterway can make a significant contribution to achieving the climate objectives of Austria - a 60 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions until 2050. A precondition for this is, however, an even closer infrastructure connection between ports and industrial plants but also with global markets. The future of the Danube waterway is mainly a question of common perspectives.

For the future of the Danube- Let's network!
Looking for new business opportunities and to develop new ideas? You need a good chat - and preferably face to face. And the high interest in current Danube issues was also felt with the high delegate rate at the so-called Danube Business Dating, the business to business pillar of Danube Business Talks. In 20-minute Elevator Pitch-style meetings, the participants made ​​new business contacts, presented their portfolio or used the opportunity to find out if they can add Danube water to their business mix. While the innovative communication platform Danube Business Talks took the participants to Linz this time, the offer is always more innovative for a lively exchange of ideas, expertise from different perspectives and experiences, and again, the Talks were hailed a great success. In addition to burning questions about the future of the Danube in the European transport network and new market opportunities, viadonau Managing Director summarized that the event highlighted the importance of international cooperation and the clear signals that the full potential of the Danube as a competitive transport route can only be unveiled with a joint approach: "We still have a lot of work to do. But it is also in difficult times that the robustness of a transport system can be proven. The watchword must therefore be: develop together according to clearly defined standards and exploit the strengths of the Danube where it pays off most not only as an economic, but also as an ecological asset for the future", so Hasenbichler.

Danube navigation now - Everything you need to know is packed in the new Annual Report of viadonau, released just in time for the Danube Business Talks. Check out the most important key facts and figures on Danube navigation in Austria at a glance - order now or download here: www.viadonau.org

Click here to access the Danube Business Talks 2016 photo gallery and here to share your feedback on the Conference with us!

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news-547 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:37:00 +0200 Mastering a turbulent year – viadonau presents Annual Report 2015 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/mastering-a-turbulent-year-viadonau-presents-annual-report-2015 The extended low water period, as a result of the exceptionally hot and dry summer, presented cargo vessels with major challenges. Nevertheless, despite difficult operating conditions, navigation on the Danube was guaranteed throughout the whole of 2015. This was primarily thanks to professional waterway management and maintenance of the fairway. The Annual Report 2015 on Danube Navigation in Austria provides detailed insight into an eventful year– from the results of a historically low water period to the growing importance of the transport of recycling products on the waterway or the traffic situation at Danubian locks. 2015 was an unusual year. These extreme weather conditions clearly demonstrated that in order to ensure the availability of the waterway, even under difficult fairway conditions, efficient and farsighted waterway management is of the utmost importance

For this reason, 2015 saw viadonau carry out a number of targeted and proactive maintenance measures, with specific emphasis on the free-flowing stretch of the Danube east of Vienna. Between August and mid-September around 125,000 m³ gravel was excavated from shallow sections of the waterway and returned to the river at suitable locations. Although cargo vessels were forced to navigate the river downstream from Vienna with reduced loaded drafts, viadonau's competent management of the waterway meant that shipping on the Austrian section of the Danube could be guaranteed throughout the year. The transport sector was especially affected by the negative impact of low water. While transport volumes fell to almost 8.6 million tons of goods, a drop of 15.0% compared to the previous year, passenger traffic recorded a slight increase of 2.2% in passenger traffic on the Austrian Danube.

The increase in sports and recreational boating was even more significant. With a total of 10,600 units, the number of small vessels passing through locks on the Austrian Danube rose by almost 30% compared to 2014. Out of a total of over 90,000 locked-through vessels, only around 11% experienced significant waiting times; these amounted to an average of 34 minutes.

Find out more on navigation on the Danube in the current annual report 2015 Danube in Austria , 2015. Whether because you are looking for a synopsis of the various areas of development, a cutting-edge information pool or a reference publication on very specific trends in the Danube - the new annual report is a must-read for all individuals interested in shipping and the economy.

The annual report is available in the publications section in the download area of our website.

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news-537 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:49:46 +0200 Danube .... what a soundly name http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/danube-what-a-soundly-name Because today is the Day of the Black Sea, it’s also the day when our Romanian colleagues and friends from AFDJ - Administratia Fluviala a Dunarii de Jos R.A. Galati (Lower Danube River Administration) tell us about their Danube. For thousands of years, the Danube has been flowing along river banks from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Napoleon, called the Danube the "King of European rivers", the cradle where for thousands of years on its shores, the peoples of the continent have created civilizations.
Thus, 10 different countries, 10 cultures, 10 different economies are connected in a natural way by the Danube River. It is the common denominator of the Danube countries.

The Danube should be seen as a priority because it is "an international river corridor", flowing from West to East, crossing Europe and its borders and being part of the European network of inland waterways linking people, ports, cities, industrial sites and historical locations. Flowing through four European capitals, the Danube provides clear opportunities for economic and tourism development.

Through its waterborne link between the Black Sea and Central Europe, the Danube is also a multimodal network that connects freight transport among regions in Europe. Thanks to the Danube and its tributaries, inland waterways are the backbone of the European multimodal network in South-East Europe. Sufficient evidence indicates that in terms of transport by inland waterways the Danube is one of the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly alternative modes of transportation to and from Central and South-East Europe. The Danube is probably the most cost-efficient transport route for cargo transport bound for Central and South-East Europe, with a large transport capacity which allows transports most commodity groups. Advanced information and communication technologies (e.g. River Information Services or RIS) on the Danube, developed by all Danube countries are providing a solid smart infrastructure and making this river a huge asset for the optimization of inland waterway transport in the region.

Over the years, the completion of several European transnational projects has harmonized the waterway management in the Danube region and enhanced services provided by waterway administrations and authorities for the users of the waterway: from water levels, to information on critical sections, electronic navigation charts, traffic conditions and traffic data, or lock management to the implementation of RIS on the entire Danube corridor.
These encouraging results will make us continue working jointly for the preservation of the natural habitat of the Danube and for the improvement of the infrastructure of this absolutely indispensable waterway.

The Author:
Claudiu Egmont Dutu is Head of ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) and Hydrotechnical Department. Since 2002 with AFDJ Galati, Claudiu is specialized in ENC production, hydrological and hydrographical survey. Since 2005, he has been working on national and transnational European Projects as well as international cooperation initiatives.
E-Mail: claudiu.dutu[at]afdj.ro

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news-523 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:19:02 +0200 Conclusions from PLATINA 2 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/conclusions-from-platina-2 With the Final Event in Rotterdam in the beginning of February 2016, the PLATINA 2 project has come to an end. At this occasion, the final outcome of the project and the latest developments/studies at European level were discussed. In 2006, the European Commission adopted the NAIADES policy programme to support inland navigation in Europe. The tools to implement this policy programme were represented by the multi-national projects PLATINA 1 and 2. These projects addressed the challenges for inland navigation through 60 actions, covering areas such as infrastructure, markets, River Information Services, human resources and many more.

Good practice manual on inland waterway maintenance
Continuous maintenance is key for competitive waterway infrastructure. In many countries however, small “everyday” maintenance works do not get the attention they need. Platina 2 attested a lot of potential to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of waterway maintenance in Europe and thus fostered knowledge exchange in this field. It brought experts on waterway maintenance throughout Europe together to discuss the topic and prepare a “Good Practice Manual on Inland Waterway Maintenance” for waterway administrations.

Good Practice Manual on Inland Waterway Maintenance

How to attract new markets in the Danube region
The study shows the unused potential of inland navigation in the Danube region and the supportive measures that could increase the use of inland waterway transport for promising cargo groups. High & heavy cargo, renewable resources and recycling products show a high affinity towards IWT, but also other goods proved a high potential. Supportive measures are for example awareness raising about inland navigation and promising markets, promoting industrial locations in the vicinity of ports or most important, ensuring good navigation conditions along the waterways.

Report on market potential and up-take measures for the Danube Region

How to attract continental cargo in North-West Europe
Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) already has a large share in transport in North-West Europe. But if you check the numbers on continental transport, IWT is virtually non-existing even though there is solid potential and connections are getting better and better. According to the analysis, the main reason for the lack of uptake of IWT in continental transport lies in the limited offer of containers suitable for inland navigation. Most of the container transport goes from the seaports directly to the hinterland. Obviously, there is a missing link between the transport demand and the supply currently offered by IWT.

Towards more reliable emission data for the calculation of external cost of IWT
A review of the quality of datasets used to calculate emissions and external costs of Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) at EU level (€/tkm) resulted in the identification of data that is needed and data that is available. This allowed the PLATINA 2 partners to identify the knowledge gaps regarding the external costs of emissions to air. Based on these findings they drafted recommendations on how to close the main gaps and asked the sector to validate them.

Greening toolkit, what´s next?
The greening toolkit  shows robust greening technologies and their return on investment as well as potential emission reductions. This easy-to-use online tool allows ship and vessel owners to explore how they can make their ship compliant with future emission regulations. At the same time, the tool allows producers to showcase their greening technologies and also policy makers to gain insight on the cost of greening options for different vessel types and operations.

Greening Toolkit

Promotion of IWT in logistics education and simulator standards
Education is very important to ensure that people who are capable to run inland waterway transport are available. To guarantee sufficient workers for the future of IWT poses a challenge to Human Resources in the sector. Works within PLATINA 2 focused on three subjects: elaboration of technical standards for full mission ship-handling simulators, a concept for electronic service record books and logbook and learning material for future logistics decision makers.

What is next?
The joined efforts should not stop with PLATINA 2. Follow-up activities have already started - such as the Prominent project, the IWT innovation platform, a market potential study, the work on the Digital Inland Navigation Area (DINA) and a study on the good navigation status. But also the next steps in a 2 to 3 year time perspective need to be planned in order to be prepared for new trends that are expected to shape IWT in the future. So why not start to reflect on a possible PLATINA 3 as of now?

The Conference Report of the PLATINA 2 Final Event provides a summary of all speeches, presentations and workshops. It gives insight on the key results of PLATINA 2 and the discussions on what topics to take up in the future.


For further information about NAIADES and PLATINA please visit: www.naiades.info

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news-514 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:48:39 +0200 Solutions to green the inland shipping industry: Flagship EU Project PROMINENT at work http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/solutions-to-green-the-inland-shipping-industry-flagship-eu-project-prominent-at-work PROMINENT: how viadonau is contributing to promoting innovation in the inland waterways transport sector The EU Project PROMINENT - Promoting Innovation in the Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) Sector - which was launched in May 2015, is a multiannual research and implementation programme for inland shipping. 17 parties from five European countries are collaborating to green the inland shipping industry. Running until April 2018, PROMINENT inscribes itself in the objectives of the Action Programme Danube of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. The project foresees the forward-looking approach bringing together the economy, the environment and safety for inland navigation with a clear focus on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increased environmental friendliness of navigation as well as an increase of competitiveness of inland navigation in logistics networks.

A project funded from the Horizon 2020 programme, PROMINENT has been addressing the key needs for technological development, as well as the barriers to innovation and greening in the European inland navigation sector. PROMINENT thereby is fully in line with the objectives of the European action programme NAIADES-II and ultimately aiming at providing solutions which make inland navigation an ever more competitive alternative to road transport in terms of air pollutant emissions by 2020 and beyond. In parallel, PROMINENT aims at further decreasing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of inland waterway transport an area where we already have a strong advantage compared to road transport.

PROMINENT will focus on:

  • Massive transition towards efficient and clean vessels
  • Certification and monitoring of emission performance and development of innovative regimes
  • Harmonisation and modernisation of professional qualifications and the stimulation of the further integration of IWT into sustainable transport chains.

What's different with PROMINENT?
The PROMINENT partners have found broad support among political and commercial decision-makers in the field of inland navigation. Through its direct access to relevant industrial stakeholders and Member States, the consortium has obtained significant backup needed to perform the work.

In PROMINENT, the involvement of stakeholders plays a key role. Consultation with the project Advisory Board, presentation of project results in expert groups, as well as interviews with representatives of the shipping industry - users and shippers - will verify the results. Fleet families, operational profiles, the selection of the greening technologies and concepts, as well as the assessment of technology-specific barriers and facilitating factors, all these will be assessed by the stakeholders.

Role of viadonau
The viadonau-led work package, State-of-Play, under internationally renowned expert Juha Schweighofer was actually concluded during the first quarter of the project lifetime. Here, the exceptional team work of all beneficiaries involved allowed for provision of knowledge and giving direction for the work in PROMINENT by analyzing promising greening technologies and concepts and match-making them with the characteristics of the European inland fleet in order to identify the concepts that carry the biggest greening impact potential.

More in detail, the objectives of this important work package were the following:

  • identify typical fleet families and operational profiles on European inland waterways and canals
  • identify and assess available greening technologies and concepts
    select the best available greening technologies and concepts concerning their effects, impact and availability
  • prepare knowledge on barriers and facilitating factors to uptake of these best available technologies as basis for developing counter-measures by public and private stakeholders
  • analyse barriers for innovation uptake

Through the actions of this important work package, groups of comparable vessels - known as fleet families - and their operational profiles were identified and their cost structures analysed. As a next step, the best greening technologies and concepts to raise energy efficiency and lower emissions were assessed regarding their effects, range of impact and their availability for the most relevant European fleet families. This assessment allowed conclusions on the best available technologies in the short term and their selection for further elaboration within PROMINENT. Although many of the identified technologies are expected to have strong advantageous greening effects, they are not automatically taken up by market players. An investigation is underway to help identify the reasons behind this skepticism. Once the cues are collected, active measures will be set to overcome them.

More information on PROMINENT can be found here.
Click here for the latest project Newsletter.

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news-511 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:34:49 +0100 All-in-one service – The new viadonau Danube Logistics Portal is now online http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/all-in-one-service-the-new-viadonau-danube-logistics-portal-is-now-online viadonau is providing a new online portal on Danube logistics services. The new "Danube Logistics Portal" merges the existing "Blue Pages" and "Danube Ports" online portals in a joint platform with a new design which offers useful services to support transport planning on the waterway. It primarily targets potential users of services in the field of Danube logistics and contributes to shift transports towards the waterway. The features of the Danube Logistics Portal at a glance:

  • Since 2009 the "Blue Pages" have been providing a detailed overview of shipping companies and brokers from the entire Danube region. The free of charge online directory has been enhanced over the years with new features and has become a highly valuable source of information for all those who want to include inland waterways in their transport chain. The new layout and updated company profiles offer higher efficiency and an optimized usability.
  • The "Danube Ports" include profiles of more than 60 ports and transhipment sites along the Danube from Kelheim to the Black Sea. Information on port facilities, storage capacities, logistics providers and relevant contacts are available in an easy-to-use and clearly structured form.
  • The "Travel Time Calculator" is a tool for calculating the estimated travel time between two ports on the Rhine-Main-Danube axis.
  • The "Transport Planner” is a new tool, which combines all functions and information in the portals "The Blue Pages", "Danube Ports" and "Travel Time Calculator".

The new portal can be accessed at: www.danube-logistics.info

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news-492 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:17:00 +0100 More money for clean Ships – CALL 2016 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/more-money-for-clean-ships-call-2016 Austria’s Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology continues to foster environmentally friendly fleet modernization of inland cargo vessels. A new call is opening on 7 March 2016. Among the actions that can be funded are, for instance the installation of energy-efficient propulsion systems, the retrofitting of single hull ships to double hulls or the application of new technologies.

Eligible beneficiaries are European inland waterway transport companies whose head office is in Austria. In order to be eligible for funding, the vessel that presents the characteristics stated above has to pass the Austrian Danube at least 10 times a year. The state aid program is conducted in annual Calls.

Deadline for applications to the current Call is 13 May 2016.

The application process is conducted by viadonau. Further information can be found here.

Further Links:
European Funding Database for Inland Navigation

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news-477 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:06:27 +0100 Official start for FAIRway Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/official-start-for-fairway-danube Brussels, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 – Today, the FAIRway Danube initiative was kicked-off in Brussels. Between July 2015 and June 2020 - for 5 years, FAIRway Danube will significantly increase the knowledge on shallow sections of the Danube waterway so that the fairway routing will be optimized and rehabilitation measures drafted. FAIRway Danube will be carried out in a harmonized way in 6 countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania under the umbrella of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission. The actions are co-financed by the Connecting Europe facility (CEF) programme. The Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and viadonau, the Austrian waterway administration are responsible for the coordination of the project. The multi-beneficiary CEF project FAIRway Danube is the first implementation phase of the “Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries”, which is part of the TEN-T Corridor Work Plan for the Rhine-Danube Corridor. The Master Plan prepares harmonised initiatives to tackle infrastructure bottlenecks along the TEN-T Rhine-Danube Core Network Corridor and was elaborated in close cooperation with all Danube riparian states.

In this perspective, the international initiative with the main objective to foster the coordinated rehabilitation of bottlenecks is supported by the European Commission within the CEF funding program. The focus of FAIRway Danube is to provide current and harmonized information about shallow sections, water levels and water level forecasts. Available depths will be used optimally by adapting the location of the waterway to the current riverbed conditions. In parallel, FAIRway Danube is aiming at preparing the harmonized rehabilitation of the Danube and its navigable tributaries. Pilot operations of new harmonised services for waterway users, the provision of feedback and the contribution to technical specifications or operational concepts are integral parts of FAIRway Danube. A key objective is also the involvement of stakeholders for approval and validation of results by means of pilots.

In short, FAIRway Danube is thriving to contribute to an increased safety, efficiency and environmental friendliness of inland navigation by setting the following steps:

  • Update national action plans regularly (twice a year, October and May)
  • Concerted purchase of advanced equipment for hydrological services (gauging stations, surveying and marking vessels)
  • Carry out pilot activities and evaluate results:

      o Collection of basic data for all critical sections of the Danube waterway

      o Analysis and evaluation of the data collected as basis for coherent monitoring
         of the navigation status

      o Harmonised water level forecasts

      o Optimized routing of the fairway based on current depth measurements

  • Develop innovative approaches in the area of aerial monitoring, modern Aids to Navigation, and any other supporting tools for fairway rehabilitation

Partners and beneficiaries:
Austria: Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and via donau-Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH (viadonau)
Slovakia: Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic and Waterborne Transport Development Agency (ARVD)
Hungary: Ministry of National Development (NFM), Nemzeti Infrastruktura Fejleszto Zrt. (NIF) and General Directorate of Water Management (OVF)
Croatia: Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure and Agency for Inland Waterways (AVP)
Bulgaria: Executive Agency "Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River" (EAEMDR)
Romania: River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati (AFDJ); Administration of the Navigable Canals (ACN)

Key facts:
Duration: 07/2015 - 06/2020
Budget: EUR 23.4 Mn
EU-Financing (CEF): EUR 19.6 Mn

Contact:  
Andreas Bäck (Project Coordinator)
via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-
Gesellschaft mbH Donau-City-Straße 1, A-1220 Vienna
Tel: +43 (0) 50 4321-1609
Email: andreas.baeck[at]viadonau.org     

Claudiu Dutu (Project Dissemination)
AFDJ - River Administration of the Lower Danube
Galati, 32 Portului Street, Romania
Tel: +40 (36) 460016
Email: claudiu.dutu[at]afdj.ro 

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news-473 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:43:15 +0100 By Waterway and Rail! Austria continues to subsidize Combined Transport http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/by-waterway-and-rail-austria-continues-to-subsidize-combined-transport The funding program for combined transport has been prolonged until 2020. Thus investments into combined transport machinery, innovative transport systems, feasibility studies and job-specific trainings will be supported by direct grants in the extent of 30 to 50%. When will the next Call be opened?
The first Call is already opened for submissions. Applications can be submitted to the AWS until 29 January 2016. Three further calls are planned for the year 2016.  

Where can I find further information?   
Further information about the funding scheme, eligible costs and beneficiaries can be found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Furthermore, for Inland Navigation, the NAIADES Funding Database provides further information on funding and subsidy schemes.

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news-463 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:43:45 +0100 CoRISMa – International project for the future of RIS in Europe crosses finish line http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/corisma-international-project-for-the-future-of-ris-in-europe-crosses-finish-line The development and implementation of River Information Services (RIS) is a success story which started in Austria in 1999. Since then RIS standards have been established in many European countries to a great extent thanks to the crucial support of viadonau. These important digital information tools are constantly being improved and enhanced in order to constantly guarantee accurate and reliable data on the current state of the waterway inside and outside national borders. Given the fact that a well-functioning international cooperation is crucial for the success of RIS, the TEN-T Project CoRISMa has been dedicated intensively for the past two years to the enhancement and development of RIS. This project has further ensured the continuation of the European success story of RIS and crossed the finish line on 11 December in Antwerp (Belgium). The best way to ensure safer and more efficient inland waterway transport throughout Europe is one that goes through harmonization, precise and regularly updated fairway information. Building on already well-founded RIS-related infrastructure, the implementation of a harmonized information system in Europe can perform significantly better. Therefore, the focus of the TEN-T project CoRISma - RIS enable Corridor Management - was on the enhanced international harmonization of the information services as well as the provision of more specifically adjusted and tailor-made information services adapted to the various needs of the numerous users of inland waterways.

CoRISMa the future of modern European corridor management

The CoRISMa participating countries, Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg see it as their mission to improve the use and interconnection of RIS systems with a strong focus on stakeholder needs (ports, logistics and transport companies, shippers and skippers). This project was coordinated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment - Rijkswaterstaat -, funded by the European Commission under the Department for Transport and Mobility (DG MOVE) of the European Union. viadonau took over the coordination of the Austrian contribution to the project and the communication and dissemination of the project and made tremendous contributions especially in the fields of lock management, logistics services and consolidating a vast range of information on fairway and traffic information.

CoRISMa has applied an integrative approach for its pilot concepts, one that was developed for the various transport planning and logistics challenges of a modern corridor management. These were carefully drafted in accordance with the needs of the stakeholders for all affected areas, starting from lock management until traffic planning and facilitated access to vessel positioning data and a new revolutionary cross-border data model of the traffic network.

The advantages of a harmonized and internationally accessible information system for infrastructure, traffic and logistics on the European waterways is obvious for the project partners. Through the usability of the information services by private and public interest groups (Logistics partners, skippers, fleet operators, shipping companies and authorities). This is a vital step towards a harmonized corridor management for the waterways of Europe.

Marc Vanderhaegen, DG MOVE Policy Officer for Port and Inland Navigation, expressed his enthusiasm about the constructive cooperation of the project partners and underlined again: "viadonau has been for many years a visionary driving force behind the integration of eastern European countries in a continental RIS network. We have succeeded in creating long-term Incentives for commonly used waterways and hence sustainably reinforced and enhanced the role of inland navigation as a highly efficient transport mode. This could only be achieved thanks to the successful international cooperation of all partners in all aspects of the project, ranging from communication to technical expertise."

Harmonized technolgies as foundation for the future

viadonau and its fellow CoRISMa project partners want to be part of the future of RIS in Europe, actively and sustainably. After the successful completion of the project on 11 December at the Cruise Terminal in Antwerp and two very intensive years, the international experts are already focusing on the next important development phases. The new challenge will be the technical harmonization of the information systems but also possibilities of combining maritime and inland navigation technologies along with modernizing the European waterway network.

CoRISMa Project partners:
Netherlands: Rijkswaterstaat, Ministerium für Wasser, Transport und Umwelt (RWS) Germany: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI), Generaldirektion Wasserstraßen und Schifffahrt - Außenstelle Süd (GDWS, ASt Süd) Austria: via donau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH (viadonau), Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (bmvit)
Belgium: nv De Scheepvaart, Departement van Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken Luxembourg: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures

Find out more on the CoRISMa project in this animation film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWeN_Py_oA4

 

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news-452 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:53:31 +0100 Common Issues Meeting in Lille – ERI is talk of the day http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/common-issues-meeting-in-lille-eri-is-talk-of-the-day-1 On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, Voies navigables de France aka VNF hosted the RIS Week and its Common Issues Meeting in the beautiful city of Lille in the North of France. Co-organized by the RIS Week Support team of viadonau, this second RIS week witnessed a high participation turnout and over 70 registered participants at the common issues meeting. This year no less than 18 speakers and 15 presentations were devoted to RIS issues. The event this time was devoted to ERI issues.

While the morning session and a part of the afternoon was devoted to electronic reporting or in expert language ERI, the afternoon session focused on the CoRISMa project and the evolution of RIS until 2020. A well-balanced agenda including keynote speeches, expert group reports, project and technical development updates as well as discussions made the participants look forward to the next steps and of course the next RIS week in June 2016 in Prague.

The agenda highlights were the following:

  • Strategic Developments
  • Technical Developments and Updates
  • Latest Trends in electronic reporting
  • Intermediate Results of RIS-enabled Corridor Management (CoRISMa) – Towards the Creation of a Single Common Information Corridor
  • The Evolution of RIS until 2020  

The presentations of the Common Issues Meeting in Lille can be downloaded here in PDF format.

The next RIS Week will be held in Prague  and hosted by a consortium of the Czech Ministry of Transport, the Czech State Navigation Authority and the Czech Waterway Directorate between the 13th and 17th June 2016.  

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news-385 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:01:55 +0200 The Danube guest in Argentina: viadonau represents waterway expertise made in Austria at Smart Rivers 2015 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/the-danube-guest-in-argentina-viadonau-represents-waterway-expertise-made-in-austria-at-smart-rivers-2015 See you in Buenos Aires! For the first time, the biennial Smart Rivers Conference was stationed in South America and for four days the Argentine capital became the center of the world for modern waterway management. Together with the representatives of the Austrian delegation, viadonau brought expertise, experience and current developments from the Danube region to the Atlantic coast for the 7th edition of Smart Rivers. Smart Rivers is setting out for new shores. The city on the Rio de la Plata with its 2.9 million inhabitants offered in the district of Puerto Madero between 7 and 11 September a picturesque backdrop for 370 international experts who met to discuss the latest trends in waterway management and cargo transport- an ideal opportunity for a global networking of expertise and latest development in a rapidly developing region. Professionals and experts from 25 countries were invited by the organizers, the Argentine section of PIANC, to hold some 90 presentations on a broad spectrum of themes ranging from River Information Services to navigation technologies, inland waterway transport and the environment, infrastructure maintenance, ports or international and transnational cooperation in the field of inland navigation and the integration of the waterway in multimodal transport chains.

viadonau experts provided interesting insights on the areas of Communication and Stakeholder-Management, Renaturation and fairway maintenance as well as on the implementation and enhancement of River Information Services in Austria and Europe. This premiere event for Smart Rivers in Latin America was held in a positive atmosphere with a world-wide attendance discussing the future of a promising market - the active and responsible, efficient and modern waterborne transport sector.
"Smart Rivers in Buenos Aires was an opportunity for viadonau to exchange views on an international level and for the first time in Latin America", summarizes viadonau Managing Director Hans-Peter Hasenbichler.

A view also shared by Geoffrey Caude, PIANC President and Representative of the French Ministry of the Environment. "Smart Rivers halted for the first time in Latin America - a milestone thanks to which we opened our doors to newcomers", said Caude.

The Austrian delegation, comprising of representatives of viadonau, Port of Vienna, Pro Danube Austria, A3PS and Pro Danube International, also had the opportunity - upon invitation by the Austrian Ambassador to Argentina,  Karin Proidl, to meet former Austrian Chancelor Viktor Klima and discuss with him the national and international development of the inland waterway as siginificant mode of transportation.

SMART Rivers Conferences
Held for the first time in 2005 in Pittsburgh (USA), SMART Rivers is a biennal Conference which every two years brings together professionals and experts involved in river transport around the world. Since 2011, SMART Rivers is under the patronage of PIANC.

PIANC
PIANC is an umbrella organization which joins together 65 countries and about 450 companies, organizations and institutions as well as 2000 individual members worldwide. Founded in 1885, it is the oldest international organization for technical and scientific issues in inland navigation.

The 8th PIANC - SMART Rivers Conference is scheduled for September 2017 in St. Louis, United States.

The book of abstracts can be downloaded here and the papers can be found here.
Links: http://www.pianc.org.ar/_stage/index_in.phphttp://www.pianc.org/

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news-362 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:46:57 +0200 Manual on border controls along the Danube available http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/manual-on-border-controls-along-the-danube-available The compact and easy to read manual informs captains and ship crews on the border controls at all EU and Schengen borders along the Danube. It gives an overview on the steps to be followed and the forms to be filled and includes the locations, contact details and opening hours of control points.

Besides providing valuable information the manual will serve as a basis for discussion between control authorities and is considered as first step towards harmonised control procedures.

The practical manual results from joint efforts of the two priority areas of the European Strategy for the Danube Region dealing with inland navigation and security. Contents were provided by the control authorities themselves.

We appreciate your feedback on the manual and welcome any improvements you may suggest.

Download the Manual on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

Share your opinion with us:
Technical Secretariat Priority Area 1a of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Donau-City-Straße 1
1220 Vienna
Austria
E-mail: PA1a[at]viadonau.org

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news-339 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:14:53 +0200 New RoRo-Service Passau – Vidin – Ruse launched in July http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/new-roro-service-passau-vidin-ruse-launched-in-july Since the beginning of July the shipping company Donau Star BG EOOD is operating a RoRo-service serving the route Passau – Vidin – Ruse in cooperation with the Austrian Schachinger Logistik GmbH and the Slovak SLOVAKIA FREIGHT a.s. In order to guarantee an extensive service along the Danube corridor, intermediate stops are considered in the ports of Enns and Vienna (both Austria), the port of Bratislava (Slovakia), in Budapest (Hungary) and Turnu Severin (Romania). Upon request, and by sufficient enducement, the service can be extended to Constanta (Romania) respectively Reni (Ukraine). Two vessels, the M/S JUMBO II and the M/S JUMBO III are operating the route. Both vessels have the capacity to load units of up to 70 m length and 19.5 m width. Cargo height capacity limitations are 6.5 m from / to Passau and respectively 10 m from / to Bratislava.     

Booking requests from Austria are to be made over Schachinger Logistik GmbH. SLOVAKIA FREIGHT a.s. is the agent for Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Booking requests from Germany, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria are managed by the Donau Star BG EOOD.  

Useful contacts:  

Donau Star BG EOOD
Phone.: +359  82 82 51 25 (Bulgaria), + 49 941 603 62 – 0 (Germany)
Fax: +359  82 82 51 21 (Bulgaria), +49 941 603 62 – 20 (Germany)
Email: ruse-bg[at]donaustar.com, info[at]donaustar.com   

Schachinger Logistik GmbH
Phone: +43 7221 707 – 352
Mobile +43 664 28 50 262
Fax: +43 7221 707 – 642
Email: andreas.braeu[at]schachinger.com   

SLOVAKIA FREIGHT a.s.
Phone.: +421 2 524 44 997
Mobile: +421 903 78 14 51
Fax: +421 2 524 44 316
Email: mayr[at]kmi-sf.sk 

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news-326 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:43:16 +0200 Masterplan on the starting blocks– „FAIRway“ paves the way for improved fairway conditions on the Middle and Lower Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/masterplan-on-the-starting-blocks-fairway-paves-the-way-for-improved-fairway-conditions-on-the-middle-and-lower-danube "FAIRway" is giving the signal flare for the implementation of the Master Plan for Rehabilitation and Maintenance, which was adopted at the meeting of Transport Ministers on 3 December 2014 in Brussels. With current and harmonized information about shallow sections, water levels and water level forecasts, "FAIRway" is supporting the planning of transports on the waterway as well as its maintenance and the design of river engineering measures or the relocation of the fairway course.  

Navigating on the Danube is free of charge. In 1948, this intention was put down in the Belgrade Convention. The Danube States are therefore obliged to keep the waterway in a suitable condition for navigation. It takes concerted and above all effective steps to actually achieve this goal along the entire Danube.

Basic information, joint approach  

Up-to-date recordings of the riverbed, combined with precise water level measurements are fundamental tools for navigation, shippers and logistics providers. To be able to measure regularly and to gather comparable data along the Danube, appropriate measuring instruments and ships are purchased in Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Also additional automatic water level gauges will be built in the course of "FAIRway".   In a joint effort, the project partners will make the collected data on the waterway available to the public. Additionally  the data will be used to calculate water level prognosis for important reference gauges according to a standardized methodology .  

The best way  

With a high measuring density and continuity "FAIRway" is fostering the adaptation of the fairway to the current profile of the riverbed, thus improving the fairway conditions for inland navigation. Especially in the broader Lower Danube, there is still room for using intensified measurement activities to determine and mark the best possible fairway location and thus allow for higher drafts loaded to reduce transport costs.   "FAIRway" is just the beginning   To collect and provide improved information and to make optimum use of the current fairway conditions are essential first steps, but it can only be the beginning. Therefore, "FAIRway" is preparing supplementary and additional projects for implementing the Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan. While in the beginning the focus will be on known critical sections, with the progress of the Project  improved measurement results should be used increasingly  to prioritize or conceptualize further measures.  

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news-310 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:04:47 +0200 How can border controls be organised more efficiently? http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/how-can-border-controls-be-organised-more-efficiently A sincere thank you to all the 177 respondents who answered this question by filling out our questionnaire on border controls. Control processes at 19 different border control points along the Danube have been evaluated. The vast majority of feedback forms referred to controls conducted by Romanian authorities, but the most meaningful feedback was received for Mohács, where the number of forms and the language variety was the highest.

The most pressing issue identified in the survey was the need to reduce waiting times as well as the duration of controls. A simplified and harmonized set of forms should be used throughout all the involved authorities and countries. On top of that, there should be a possibility to submit requested information electronically, prior to the control. But also a respectful interaction with the controlled skippers, crew and passengers was demanded.

Please refer to the full report for a more detailed analysis of the returned feedback forms: Results of the survey on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries

The summary provides an overview and contains aggregated results: Summarized results of the survey on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries

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news-299 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:58:09 +0200 New Strategy laid out for the Austrian Danube until 2022 - Navigation, ecology and flood protection – all integral parts of Action Programme Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/new-strategy-laid-out-for-the-austrian-danube-until-2022-navigation-ecology-and-flood-protection-all-integral-parts-of-action-programme-danube How should the Danube waterway look in 2022? How should the Danube look as sustainable habitat for people, fauna and flora? And how well equipped are we against flooding? The answers to these important questions can be found in the Action Programme Danube of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), officially presented today by Minister Alois Stöger. The particularity of the Danube is that it is more than just a river; its multi-faceted use as waterway, transport route, energy source as well recreation area also makes it a natural habitat for a large number of species of fauna and flora. All these elements and particularities of the Danube can be found in the Action Programme Danube presented by Minister Alois Stöger: "Ours is an integrative strategy for a well-balanced development of the Danube, a multi-faceted and dynamic river. For the first time, an Action Programme matches strategic goals for navigation to those for ecology and flood protection. The Danube is not only one of the most environmentally-friendly transport routes of Europe - and therefore an inestimable asset for our industry - but also a recreation area and habitat for millions of people. The new Action Programme is covering these aspects and is complementary to the supra-regional programs such as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Because our Danube policy - just like our Danube River - does not stop at our borders."

Tailor-made answers

Ursula Zechner, Section Head in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, stressed the importance of the participative involvement of relevant interest groups in drafting the Action Programme. This is the only way we can ensure tailor-made responses to versatile claims and requirements. "Until 2022, almost 12 Million Euro will be available for pump-priming. Thus, we could move almost 100 Million Euro, whereas one third should come from EU funding", said Zechner at the press conference.

Implementation optimally prepared

In the coming years, viadonau will provide support and consultancy for the implementation of the Action Programme. Hans-Peter Wegscheider, representing the viadonau Management and Head of Department for Traffic Management explained that implementation projects were already foreseen for many of the planned measures. "A good example is the project FAIRway which has been submitted for funding and in the framework of which seven Danube partners could come together to improve the infrastructure of the waterway", said Wegscheider. The LIFE+ Project "Auenwildnis Wachau" (English translation: Wilderness Wetland Wachau) has already been approved and will benefit domestic tree species and fauna. In terms of flood protection the focus will be even more strongly on a digital command and control system. A prototype testing will be carried out starting at the end of 2015 and the impacts achieved will be presented every two years in biennial progress reports.

Facts and figures Danube Navigation 2014

Still hot off the press, the Annual Report Danube Navigation 2014 in Austria released by viadonau was handed out at the Press Conference. The publication attests to a stable volume of traffic for inland navigation in the past year, in spite of extended low water periods. Domestic traffic on the Danube waterway rose by almost 14% and a 6% increase was registered by locked-through vessels illustrating a continuity of the positive trend of the recent years. The high availability of the waterway with 364 days was the highest in 15 years. Over 100,000 locked-through vessels and 10.1 million tons of goods transported demonstrate the performance potential of Danube navigation as a safe and reliable transport mode.

Photos: http://www.cityfoto.at/galerie/11162/  
Click here for more information about the Action Programme and the Annual Report Danube Navigation: http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/publications/folders/  

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news-298 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:52:21 +0200 Common Issues Meeting, Highlight of the first RIS Week 2015 in Budapest http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/common-issues-meeting-highlight-of-the-first-ris-week-2015-in-budapest From 8 to 12 June 2015, Budapest was the host city of the first RIS Week for 2015. Hosted by RSOE and co-organized by the RIS Week Support team of viadonau, this was the first of the series of 4 RIS Weeks to be organized in the framework of the EU contract for the provision of technical and administrative support to the RIS expert groups that viadonau won in November 2014. A high participation turnout showed the high interest for this important Meeting in the RIS Week. The RIS Week is a bi-annual event during which the various Expert Groups discuss RIS-relevant issues. An overview of the RIS Expert Groups and their field of activity can be found here:  http://www.ris.eu/expert_groups

Wednesdays are traditionally devoted to the Common Issues Meetings which are a central element of the RIS Week. Between expert group meetings, Wednesday 10 June was a busy day attended by over 80 delegates with a well-balanced agenda including keynote speeches, expert group reports, project and technical developments updates as well as discussions on RIS-enabled Corridor Management and a Q&A session on inputs and possible objectives for the revision of the RIS Directive 2005/44/EC.

The agenda focussed on the following:

  • Strategic Developments
  • Technical Developments and Updates
  • Latest Trends in RIS-related Projects
  • RIS-enabled Corridor Management (CoRISMa) - Towards the Creation of a Single Common Information Corridor
  • Moderated discussion on the Deployment of Corridor Management based on the case study "CoRISMa project"

The presentations of the Common Issues Meeting can be downloaded here in PDF format. The next RIS Week will be held in Lille (France) and hosted by Voies Navigables de France (VNF) between the 23rd and 27th of November 2015.

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news-283 Mon, 04 May 2015 13:36:00 +0200 Initiative for transport of recycling products on inland waterways in the starting blocks! http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/initiative-for-transport-of-recycling-products-on-inland-waterways-in-the-starting-blocks On 23 April, 2015, 36 representatives of the recycling industry, shipping and forwarding companies, Danube ports and transhipment operators came together in the Port of Enns (Austria) to discuss the potential of Danube navigation as adapted transport mode for recycling products. Metal scrap was the thematic focus of the meeting during which possibilities for a shift of this type of cargo/commodity on the Danube waterway were explored, new contacts established and concrete business cases elaborated.

The topic “recycling products on inland waterways” is one of great actuality and brought a high turnout. The event offered a neutral platform for knowledge and information exchange between the Danube logistics sector and the recycling business

The event started with presentations by Simon Hartl– Head of the viadonau’s Transport Development Team and Milica Gvozdic, Head of the Initiative “Recycling Products on Inland Waterways” who stressed the advantage that inland navigation can offer for the transport of recycling products and highlighted the manifold possibility for this specific type of cargo, one that needs special transport requirements and market conditions.

The host, Werner Auer, Managing Director of Ennshafen OÖ GmbH, presented the advantages of the business location Ennshafen for storage and transport of this commodity group and offered an overview of the local partners who are from the recycling sector Alfred Klement, Managing Director of Donau Metal and Paul Losbichler, Managing Director of Schaufler GmbH, both running companies in this sector explained in their presentations that the connection to the Danube waterway was one of the decisive reasons for their companies settling their business locations in the close proximity of the Danube waterway and that there is still a lot of potential that should be used.

This meeting offered the possibility to discuss identified challenges together, initiate approaches to solve existing obstacles and establish B2B contacts in this new and promising business segment.  

viadonau presentation (available in German only)  

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news-164 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:46 +0100 viadonau to support the RIS expert groups until the end of 2016 http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/viadonau-to-support-the-ris-expert-groups-until-the-end-of-2016 viadonau has won the EU call for tenders of DG MOVE for the provision of technical and administrative support to the RIS expert groups. For the next 24 months, until December 2016, a viadonau team of 7 key experts will provide technical and administrative support to the four RIS Expert Groups who meet typically twice a year during the so-called RIS Weeks. RIS Expert Groups are international technical platforms ensuring the harmonized development of standards in Europe. Composed of various representatives, active in inland navigation, such as governmental bodies, branch organizations, research institutes, consultants and industry, they propose standards and documents up-dates, but also technical clarification documents and other relevant documents that are delivered to the EU, the CCNR (central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine) and other international bodies. The RIS Expert Groups also ensure the  seamless development and maintenance of the four key RIS technologies which are regulated through Commission Implementing Regulations of the European Commission as well as Standards and recommendations of the River Commissions and the UN ECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), and also international standards.

One RIS Week takes place in early summer (typically June), the other in autumn (typically November).  Governmental delegations participating in the RIS Expert Groups normally volunteer to host and organise a RIS Week in their country, and extend their invitation to the members of the RIS Expert Groups. The next RIS Week will be held in Budapest on June 8-12 and hosted by the Hungarian RIS Provider RSOE.  

More information on the RIS Expert groups and an overview of the next RIS week can be found here.

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news-148 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:22:51 +0100 Raising standards: EU Strategy for Danube Region launches online survey to improve border controls on the Danube http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/raising-standards-eu-strategy-for-danube-region-launches-online-survey-to-improve-border-controls-on-the-danube In order to harmonize procedures at border controls, Priority Area 1A of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region has launched an online survey on border controls. The survey, aimed at shipping companies and vessel operator who are the first to be affected by border control procedures, is available in eight languages. The Danube is the second largest river in Europe and the most international waterway in the world connecting 14 countries. Not all Danube riparian states however are EU Member States or in the Schengen area, thus required customs clearance for imports and exports as well as border checks for passengers and crews can become quite time-consuming and costly.  

Priority Area 1A — To improve mobility and multimodality: inland waterways of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is coordinated by Austria and Romania. The EUSDR thereby lends a voice to key players and stakeholders from the 14 countries of the Danube region, some of whom have been expressing their discomfort with the existing administrative processes accompanying Danube navigation.

In order to systematically collect ideas and proposals from private stakeholders, a short questionnaire was launched in cooperation with PA11 on Security. This initiative is geared towards the reduction of the administrative burden for shipping companies and vessel operators at border controls along the Danube. The recommendations compiled from the results of the questionnaire will be used to develop administrative improvements in cooperation with the responsible authorities.

Working towards the improvement of the framework conditions for navigation on the Danube will contribute to raising the attractiveness and the competitiveness of Danube transport as a whole.

The survey will stay available online until 30 March 2015. It is available in 8 languages and can be found at www.danube-navigation.eu under “survey border control”.  Filling out this feedback form will take no longer than 10 minutes. The responses will be treated anonymously.

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news-108 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:46:03 +0100 Market analysis for the Danube Corridor: discover the potentials of Danube navigation http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/market-analysis-for-the-danube-corridor-discover-the-potentials-of-danube-navigation The Team Transport Development of viadonau has delivered a market analysis of the potential of transport of specific cargo types on the Danube corridor. This study was carried out in the framework of the EU Project Platina II ("Platform for the implementation of NAIADES II") in 2014. 7 types of cargo and 28 different products were analyzed in terms of production level, trading volumes between Danube riparian states and transport requirements. In order to reach measurable and sustainable performance increase in the field of specific cargo transport for inland navigation, a large-scale study was conducted focusing on cargo transport and infrastructure framework conditions. In its function as transport axis the Danube connects key production and sales markets that are of significant European importance. The waterway makes a major contribution to strengthening the transport network within the Danube Region but also to connecting this macro-economic area via the sea ports along North Sea and Black Sea to the rest of the world. Furthermore, the Danube waterway is of particular importance as a cost-effective transport mode for the industrial sites that are located along the Danube corridor.

One of the main features of the market analysis was highlighting the advantages of Danube navigation for the transport of large volumes of cargo as well as its particular suitability for specific commodities. Furthermore, the study showed that the transport of goods from raw material-intensive industries such as steel, agro- or petrochemical industry on inland waterways proved particularly cost-efficient. The high transport capacity of the Danube is also of particular interest for the segment of project cargo and high-quality general cargo due to the increasing size and weight of the goods produced in the energy, building and engineering sector (e.g. generators, transformers, concrete components).

Since 2010 dedicated viadonau-initiated working initiatives have analyzed cargo types with higher potential for transport on the Danube waterway; within working groups experts from the sector have been discussing the special transport and storage requirements of specific cargo groups, as well as their modal shift possibilities.

The market analysis can be downloaded here.

PLATINA II
Work Package 1 "Markets & Awareness" of the PLATINA II project aims at identifying the new markets for inland waterway transport (IWT) in order to facilitate a targeted modal shift towards inland waterway transport in the most promising market segments. The market analysis is here to help decision-makers across Europe to create favorable conditions for the use of IWT in the identified sectors e.g. by lifting administrative burdens for particular transport segments or by providing financial incentives for investments in cargo-specific handling and storage equipment.

Links: Danube navigation: www.donauschifffahrt.info/en/transport/working_initiatives
NAIADES: www.naiades.info/what-we-do/about-platina-ii

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news-80 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:00 +0100 Abstracts Submission for 7th SMART Rivers International Conference: 10 days to go http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/abstracts-submission-for-7th-smart-rivers-international-conference-10-days-to-go The 2015 edition of the 'Strategic Maritime Asset Research and Transformation Rivers Conference for 21st Century Rivers Systems', in short SMART Rivers Conference, will take place from 7 to 11 September 2015 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) for the first time in South-America. Abstracts must be submitted until 31 January 2015. Passed this date, abstracts will no longer be accepted.

Key actors and professionals in the field of IWT as well as leaders in technical aspects of inland waterway transport, who work in relation with PIANC, have already sent their abstracts. Don't miss this golden opportunity and submit yours now online at: www.pianc.org.ar/sr2015_form.php. Authors will be notified by 31 March and Conference Papers should be submitted until 15 July 2015.

A list of Conference topics as well as additional information can be found here.

High Level representatives of IWT Authorities from the United States, France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, will attend the Conference. Eng. Jorge Quijano, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, has confirmed his participation in the event as Keynote Speaker.

The 2015 edition is the second conference to be held under the PIANC banner - the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. The Conference is organized by, the PIANC National Section of Argentina (AADIP - Argentine Association of Port Engineers), with the support of local authorities, as well as the international PIANC community.

Link: www.pianc.org.ar; www.pianc.org 

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news-103 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:00 +0100 viadonau working initiative NAWARO – Argumentative paper summarizes findings http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/viadonau-working-initiative-nawaro-argumentative-paper-summarizes-findings-1 Between 2012 and 2014, viadonau carried out an extensive initiative focusing on renewable resources. The main findings as well as a catalogue of measures with impulses for the improvement of the framework conditions for the transport of renewable resources on inland waterways have been compiled in an argumentative paper. In order to evaluate the potentials of specific cargo types for Danube navigation such as for instance High & Heavy cargo, and renewable resources, viadonau has been - since 2010 -conducting market analyses in the field of transport development on a regular basis. The aim of this initiative is to create together with industry and logistics companies of the sector and in accordance to their specific requirements, an information and knowledge exchange platform for the economy.

Within these viadonau-led initiatives, commodity groups which present a high potential for transport on the waterway have been studied closely. Given the high loading capacity and the resulting reduced transport costs of such goods, agricultural and forestry products such as wood, wheat, and oilseed have proven particularly suitable for transport on inland vessels. Furthermore, ports along the Danube offer optimum storage and transshipment facilities for this type of cargo.

With a share of about 20% of the total cargo transport volume of agricultural and forestry products on the Austrian Danube, renewable resources make today a sizable share of the annual volume of goods transported on the Danube waterway.  

The argumentative paper is available for download (in German only).
The next working initiative has already been planned for spring 2015; this time, viadonau will focus on another commodity group with high potential: recycling products ­– such as scrap metal, recovered glass and waste paper.

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news-48 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:21:00 +0100 Rising interest in Danube logistics: successful meetings at the Barge to Business 2014 in Luxembourg http://www.viadonau.org/en/newsroom/news/detail/rising-interest-in-danube-logistics-successful-meetings-at-the-barge-to-business-2014-in-luxembourg On 19-20 November 2014 Europe’s largest inland navigation conference - Barge to Business - took place in the Kirchberg Conference Centre in Luxembourg. In parallel to the Conference the exhibition hall hosted interesting business talks in the framework of the business-to-business platform Riverdating. Many visitors stopped by the Danube Business Corner, a stand hosting a delegation of representatives of the Danube logistics sector. Organised by viadonau the Danube Business Corner hosted the Danube delegation partners comprising Schachinger Logistik, Fluvius, Plimsoll and the Hungarian Federation of Danube Ports. The Danube Logistics sector has by now earned the status of “regular guest” at Barge to Business and Riverdating.

Over 100 meetings for all the participants over two days of Riverdating showed the real interest in the solutions that Danube navigation has to offer; many visitors stopped by the Danube Business Corner for meetings and general inquiries. Business cards were exchanged and new contacts were made.

Barge to Business and Riverdating have proven once more that such events are of great importance for the inland navigation sector. Conferences on the latest navigation-relevant topics coupled with fast-track meetings have proven to be turnkey solution in initiating new business contacts and triggering a modal shift to inland navigation.

The Barge to Business 2014 event was an initiative of the European Logistics Advisory Network (ELAN), a European project without commercial interest that brings together waterway managers and promotion agencies.

Editorial: viadonau

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