FAIRway Danube is going further to reach milestones in international waterway management

Family Picture SCOM 28.11.2017 FAIRway Danube

FAIRway Danube actively supports waterway management authorities in 6 countries, along the Danube in improving waterway management activities on their particular section. On 28th of November 2017, the project partners reported on the progress made within the year 2017, in Brussels.

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 waterway management equipment are integral parts of FAIRway Danube.

Until November 2017, significant steps were made:

  • National Action Plans, which provide information on the fairway conditions and planned projects, were last updated in October 2017,. FAIRway Danube 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 procurements as follow:
    • the first surveying vessels were delivered by summer 2017 and baptism day was on 25th of October 2017.
    • Marking vessel for Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia are ongoing process.
    • Gauging stations has been installed in Croatia and Romania (ACN) and will follow in Romania and Bulgaria;
  • 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. The modernisation of the lock enables the permanent operation of both lock chambers thereby ensuring more efficient locking procedures for the shipping sector. Visibility event of the lock of Gabcikovo were in November 2017.
  • National user fora were organised in Slovakia (21st of June, 2017), Croatia (25th of October 2017), Romania (28th of June 2017) and Bulgaria (30 of May 2017), in order to obtain feedback from private and public stakeholders. Please save the date already for the next user fora:
    • Vukovar on 24.10.2018;
    • Ruse on fall 2018 (together with surveying baptism day);
    • Bratislava on 26.09.2018;
    • Giurgiu on 26.06.2018 (together with surveying baptism day);

In 2018, FAIRway Danube will focus on the construction of the vessels (marking) and gauging stations and starting 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

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 (246) 211 329
Email: claudiu.dutu[at]afdj.ro

Meeting documents