Publication of National Action Plans

FRMMP May 2018

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.

The Action Plans illustrate the status of critical locations along the Danube, the hydrological conditions as well as rehabilitation and maintenance activities conducted by the Danube Waterway Administrations in a harmonized way. In addition, an outlook on planned investments and operational budgets is included. The document is used by the national administrations for planning the next steps in fairway rehabilitation and for improving internal procedures.

Therefore, the FAIRway Danube consortium made an effort to further increase transparency in reporting and the level of detail of the provided data. A graphic approach was chosen in 2017 to report on the conducted rehabilitation and maintenance activities.

Fairway conditions were less favorable in the first nine months of 2017 than in the same period of the previous year. January and early February were characterised by very low water levels. On the Upper Danube, water levels remained below LNWL for almost the entire first month. Additionally, the cold period at the beginning of 2017 caused the formation of ice on the Danube, which led to the closure of navigation on the Upper, the Central and the Lower Danube. In Romania, navigation had to be closed for 42 days. These extreme hydro-meteorological conditions in January and early February caused fairway depths far below 2.5m at most critical sections. From mid-February until September, minimum fairway depths were mostly exceeded on the Upper and the Central Danube. 2.5m fairway depths were achieved for almost eight months. On the Lower Danube water levels started to decrease in June, dropping below LNWL on several days and leading to unfavorable fairway conditions in summer 2017.

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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]


Claudiu Dutu (Project Dissemination)

AFDJ – River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati

Galati, 32 Portului Street, Romania

Tel: +40 (246) 213 329

Email: claudiu.dutu [at]