SYNERGETICS – Synergies for Green Transformation of Inland and Coastal Shipping

Inland and coastal shipping face great challenges with respect to a significant reduction of greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions resulting from the requirements stipulated in the European Green Deal and the Taxonomy Regulation as well as the fact that improved environmental performance has become a feature of ever-increasing importance to the sector in order to remain competitive. SYNERGETICS is a Horizon Europe Innovation Action, a particularly application-oriented collaborative project looking at ways to reduce emissions in inland and coastal shipping through retrofit solutions.


LIFE Boat 4 Sturgeon

The overall objective of this LIFE project is to help save the four remaining Danube sturgeon species from extinction: the Sterlet, the Waxdick, the Sternhausen and the Hausen.


Integrated River Engineering Project on the Danube East of Vienna – Catalogue of Measures

On the free-flowing Danube east of Vienna, hydraulic engineering measures are being implemented to stabilise the falling water levels, preserve unique habitats in the Danube floodplains and align the waterway infrastructure with the requirements of safe and economic Danube navigation. In order to achieve these goals, maintenance activities are carried out on an ongoing basis and hydraulic engineering optimisation projects are implemented.

Further projects

  • In the framework of the transnational, EU co-financed project DANUBEparksCONNECTED a grazing experiment was started in 2017 on the DHK dike "Marchfeldschutzdamm" in the area of Stopfenreuth. viadonau, as managing body of the Danube Flood Control Agency (DHK), is a strategic partner in this project and supports the grazing experiment as addition or (small-scale) alternative to the mowing of vegetation on dams in the framework of the meadow management.

  • In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Province of Lower Austria therefore set up a modern, state-of-the-art digital radio network for Lower Austria, which has been available to all authorities and organisations with security tasks (BOS) throughout the province since mid-2009.

  • Die March ist der größte linksufrige Zubringer im Oberlauf der Donau und gleichzeitig der einzige naturnahe Tieflandfluss pannonischer Prägung in Österreich. Im Rahmen des von der EU geförderten Projekts “Renaturierung Untere March-Auen” werden ambitionierte Renaturierungsmaßnahmen und Artenschutzprojekte umgesetzt.

  • In the course of the EU co-funded project “Restoration of the Lower Morava floodplains” ambitious renaturation measures and species protection projects were implemented.

  • started 2015

    The EU-funded project supports integrative planning approaches as a new way to ecologically renaturalise our rivers while improving flood protection. Within the framework of the EU co-financed project "Renaturation of the Lower March Floodplains", ambitious renaturation measures and species protection projects are being implemented.

  • In the area of Hößgang (district Amstetten) are 3 ponds situated on governmental properties. Silt is accumulating which affects the ecological capability and water body, thus excavation activities were necessary.  Depths of at least 1.5 m and an ecological renaturation of the ponds were undertaken.

  • The LIFE project Auenwildnis Wachau started in 2015 and will be concluded in 2022. Between Rossatz and Rührsdorf, on the right Danube river bank, a new 1.67 km long side arm will be established, extending the existing side arm system. The enlargement of a bridge and an additional overflow section will guarantee the connection of the existing side arm system to the flow regime of the Danube. At Schönbühel and Rossatz approx. 50 ha of the namesake floodplains will be established as a nature conservation area. Furthermore, the project also includes species conservation measures in the entire Wachau for the sea eagle, the black poplar and amphibians.

  • viadonau offers support for a total of 4 "RIS Weeks" within the framework of the project, during which the RIS expert groups carry out the further development and maintenance of the RIS standards every six months. The support services include the administrative relief of the chairpersons of the RIS expert groups as well as the organisational and financial support of the local organiser of the RIS expert group.

  • started 2014

    Based on the experience with the development and implementation of RIS in Europe, viadonau supports the American RIS operator, the US Army Corps of Engineers. Primarily, the experiences of the last 15 years will be transferred to the framework conditions in the USA and content-related proposals for the expansion of RIS services on the American inland waterways will be formulated. The project is the successor of the RIS USA project, which was aimed at supporting the introduction of RIS in the USA.

  • The main focus of this project has been on the inspection of the transport and traffic management in inland waterway corridors. This corridor approach led to new findings on the optimisation and interoperability of River Information Services (RIS) and the underlying national infrastructures (e.g. DoRIS in Austria). Action plans for the optimised use of RIS in inland waterway corridors were elaborated for the period 2016 - 2020.