06.03.2023

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.

30.09.2022

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.

08.06.2017

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


  • started 2017

    Im Rahmen des Projekts „Alpen Karpaten Fluss Korridor“ (AKFK) soll nun auch die Lebensraumkonnektivität für wassergebundene Organismen in der österreichisch-slowakischen Grenzregion geschützt und verbessert werden.

  • The dam system Marchfeldschutzdamm was already built at the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century in the course of the Danube regulation. To ensure that it continues to provide effective flood protection for the population in Vienna and Lower Austria, the "Danube Flood Protection Competition" (Donauhochwasserschutz-Konkurrenz DHK) ensures reliable maintenance and rehabilitation of the flood protection facilities, thus optimising flood safety for around 30,000 citizens in 12 municipalities.

  • 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.

  • started 2017

    By fostering joint transnational skills and competences in the areas of nautical education and public development services for Danube navigation logistics, the professional capacities in Danube navigation will be enhanced on an institutional level.

  • started 2017

    The overall objective of ENERGY BARGE was to foster sustainable usage of biomass for energy production in the Danube Region and to increase the share of environmentally friendly biomass transports on the Danube.

  • The project provides a substantial research of the history of Austria‘s Federal Inland Waterway Administration in the first half of the 20th century in the context of its changing institutional anchoring.

  • started 2016

    As one of the last two free flowing sections of the Austrian Danube, the Wachau is of particular ecological importance. By means of several renaturation measures, viadonau has improved the riverine habitat in the Wachau in light of the EU Water Framework Directive and thereby facilitates gefährdete Tier- und Pflanzenarten der Fauna-Flora-Habitat- und Vogelschutzrichtlinie. Von 2009 bis 2014 wurden von viadonau im Rahmen des LIFE+ Projektes Mostviertel - Wachau umfangreiche ökologische Maßnahmen an der Donau umgesetzt.

  • The aim of the project was to enable an exchange of knowledge and information within the transport sector with a focus on Danube navigation and to stimulate a shift of renewable raw materials to the environmentally friendly waterway. In this context, numerous expert workshops were organised on detailed topics such as wood and cellulose, oilseeds and biodiesel, sugar, starch and bioethanol.

  • EWITA

    finished
    started 2015

    Within the framework of the EWITA project, a system of modern training tools was created, which are freely available on the internet and cover important waterways in Europe. The content of the learning platforms covers a wide range of topics in the field of inland navigation and intermodality and enables users to acquire this knowledge through e-learning.

  • The cooperation between the Logistikum Steyr of the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences and viadonau is intended to ensure that inland navigation logistics is firmly anchored in Austrian research and educational institutions. The top priority is the education and training of logistics experts with knowledge about environmentally friendly inland navigation and its networking with other modes of transport.