The National Action Plans are updated twice per year (May and October) and monitor the implementation status of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries.
These action plans illustrate the status and planned next steps for rehabilitation and maintenance activities in the Danube riparian countries.
This document provides the altogether ninth update of the Master Plan and comprises an overview of the fairway situation during 2018. Furthermore, taken and planned measures as well as the resulting budget needs and financing gaps for 2019 are illustrated. This document also includes information of the ecological status of the Danube and the relevant aspects, e.g. legal permits, related to maintenance and rehabilitation measures.
Fairway conditions were extremely unfavourable in 2018 along the entire Danube, compared to the previous two years. Due to extreme heat and low rainfall in the second half of 2018, water discharge was significantly below the multi-annual average on the Upper, the Central and the Lower Danube. From January until July minimum fairway depths of 2.5m were mostly exceeded along the entire Danube, due to good hydrological conditions and maintenance works or required capital interventions, especially on the Central and Lower Danube. At the end of July and beginning of August water levels dropped rapidly and remained almost continuously below LNWL for the entire period until December. These extreme hydro-meteorological conditions in the second half of the year caused fairway depths far below the 2.5m threshold at most critical sections along the entire Danube.
However, it is noteworthy that despite these exceptionally unfavourable hydrological circumstanc- es fairway conditions – especially in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria – were improved, compared to previous years. Dredging works were carried out in 2018 at some of the most critical locations: amongst others in Bechet (RO), Cochirleni (RO), Vardim (BG) and Belene (BG). Without these necessary interventions fairway conditions would have been much worse.
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Andreas Bäck (Project Coordinator)
via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH
Donau-City-Straße 1, A-1220 Vienna
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Email: andreas.baeck [at] viadonau.org
Claudiu Dutu (Project Dissemination)
AFDJ – River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati
Galati, 32 Portului Street, Romania
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