FAIRway Danube praised for its tangible results in improving the fairway conditions

News April 2020

The 5th FAIRway Danube Advisory Committee took place on 4th December 2019 in Brussels together with stakeholders from the inland navigation sector and the European institutions, who praised the efforts and outcomes of FAIRway Danube and its overarching role in the Rhine-Danube Corridor.

The Advisory Committee meetings provide a platform for project partners to report about progress, while stakeholders and industry representatives give feedback on all major outputs of FAIRway Danube, thus representing the first implementation step of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries. FAIRway Danube actively supports waterway management activities undertaken by the relevant waterway authority in 6 countries along the Danube.

Until December 2019, FAIRway Danube realised the following outcomes:

  • In total, the project carried out procurement procedures and started the pilot operations of the following equipment:
    • 5 new surveying vessels in Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria;
    • 4 new and 3 upgraded marking vessels in Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria;
    • 17 gauging stations in Croatia and Romania;
  • FAIRway Danube supports the digitalisation of waterway infrastructure through the establishment of a trans-national waterway monitoring system and related national systems. The systems provide actual and reliable fairway data for waterway administrations, including the availability analysis of the fairway, monitoring of real-time and historical water levels, and harmonised visualisation of shallow sections.
  • The National Action Plans were updated in May and October 2019 to monitor and analyse the status of implementation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries.
  • In 2019, 5 national user fora took place in Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria. National user fora give private and public stakeholders in each project country the opportunity to provide feedback on project outcomes and inform about necessary requirements, while receiving project-related information by the project consortium.
  • Already in 2018, FAIRway Danube prepared the pre-feasibility study on the rehabilitation of the Gabčíkovo locks, which is a works project of € 145 Mn. worth. The lock modernisation enables the permanent operation of both lock chambers, thus ensuring more efficient locking procedures for the shipping sector.

From a stakeholder view, the provision of sufficient fairway depth and enhanced navigation conditions remain crucial factors for the shipping industry. Improvements in that regard could be already observed during the past 2 years and activities of FAIRway Danube are in line with the future needs of the Rhine-Danube Corridor.

In 2020, FAIRway Danube will continue the pilot operation and finalise the pending contracts for the Romanian gauging stations and the national Waterway Management Systems, thus contributing to the realisation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

Key project facts

Contact:
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

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