FAIRway Danube reaches first milestones in international waterway management

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FAIRway Danube reaches first milestones in international waterway management

FAIRway Danube actively supports waterway management authorities in 6 countries, along the Danube in improving waterway management activities on their particular section. On 13 December 2016, the project partners reported on the progress made within the first 18 project months 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 December 2016, significant steps were made:

  • National Action Plans, which provide information on the fairway conditions and planned projects, were updated in October 2015, May 2016 and October 2016. 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 specifications of 5 surveying and 4 marking vessels as well as 39 gauging stations. The corresponding tenders worth around 7,5 Mil. € were already launched, thus the pilot activities can start in 2017/2018. The first surveying vessels will deliver high-quality data as of summer 2017 already.
  • 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.
  • Following the international kick-off meeting in Brussels in February, national user fora were organised in Slovakia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria in order to obtain feedback from private and public stakeholders. Please save the date already for the next user fora:
    • Budapest on fall 2017
    • Vukovar on 25.10.2017
    • Ruse on 30.05.2017
    • Bratislava on 21.06.2017
    • Constanta on 28.06.2017


In 2017, FAIRway Danube will focus on the construction of the vessels 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