In the course of the Quality initiative infrastructure development (2012-2016) the structural condition of the bollards and mooring arrangements on the public berths along the Austrian Danube was assessed. The conducted tensile tests revealed that several berths do not comply with the current technical requirements and are in need of rehabilitation.
Within the project at hand, the existing structures are gradually being rehabilitated (bollards, cracks, etc.) following a prioritisation of berthing places, in order to ensure their continuous functionality.
- Rehabilitation of berths with the highest priority until summer 2017
- Rehabilitation of berths with lower priorities until the end of 2019
- Continuous coordination with the Supreme Shipping Authority and local shipping inspectorates
But the aim of the project is not just the rehabilitation of faulty berths, but also the upgrading of selected berths and their adaptation to the state of the art.
Since the beginning of 2018, several berth development projects are being planned (e.g. establishment of facilities for the loading and unloading of cars). For that purpose, the project duration was extended until 2024. The basis for these berth development projects are needs assessments and feasibility studies for targeted measures designed to improve the public berths along the Austrian Danube.
The planning activities for the upgrading of a public dry cargo berth in Linz ("Linz-Mitte") have started in 2019. Constructional operations have started in summer 2020. The construction works will be conducted within the CEF co-financed project "FAIRway works! in the Rhine-Danube Corridor".
All structural planning refer to the results of the feasibility study for the upgrading of existing berths in Linz and Vienna. The prioritisation of measures is conducted in cooperation with the BMK (former BMVIT); the construction plans for all measures are approved by the BMK on a yearly basis.
The project makes a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure 07. Increase the quality of berthing places and (tow)paths along the riverbanks of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.