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

  • The project supports the working group “Administrative Processes” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in implementing the elaborated recommendations on the acceleration and simplification of border controls in the Danube region.

  • started 2015

    The project's objective is the establishment and preservation of viable sterlet populations in the last free flowing sections of the Austrian Danube, namely east of Vienna and in the Wachau.

  • The objective of this activity was the elaboration of decision-making bases for the improvement and development of the waterside infrastructure under the responsibility of viadonau (public berths, viadonau owned properties, other hydraulic structures, etc.).

  • In the course of this continuous activity to foster cooperation on a national and international level, viadonau is regularly present at various networking activities.

  • This continuous task serves as steering instrument for the ecologically relevant corporate activities. For example, In the course of the

  • In the “Annual Report on Danube Navigation in Austria” data and facts regarding Danube navigation are being summarised in a clear format and interpreted by the experts of viadonau.

  • In the course of the continuous activity hydro-ecological structures are being created and maintained in order to improve the ecological functionality of habitats along the Danube, March and Thaya.

  • started 2015

    The provision of logistics information for the shipping industry complements the information for skippers available on the DoRIS-Website.

  • The Austrian Danube River Information Services - DoRIS have been operational since 2006. The infrastructure and the deployed technologies for one of the main functions of DoRIS, the support of traffic information on the basis of the Inland-AIS standards, are accordingly outdated. Therefore, viadonau is steadily working on the gradual renewal of relevant system elements.

  • The project aims at further developing the public berths that are available for usual, operational purposes of cargo and passenger vessels (e.g. resting periods, staff changes, shore leaves) according to user needs and legal requirements.