Project ID: PA1A060
Central Europe’s inland waterways offer economical and environmentally friendly freight transport, but this potential is not sufficiently exploited. Major reason for the unsatisfactory role inland navigation plays in coping with the ever growing freight volumes in Central Europe is the lack of functional integration of the ports with their potential hinterland and also with other ports and an underdeveloped function of tri-modality. The main aim of the INWAPO project was to activate the unexploited potential of waterborne transport in Central Europe and to develop the ports’ infrastructure and new waterway services.
The conducted INWAPO project was in line with the objectives of the European Union’s Danube Region Strategy and contributed to the preparation of investments in multimodal port infrastructure and to the promotion of new transport services in close cooperation with the logistics sector. The further development of the Danube ports plays an important role in increasing the competitiveness of inland waterway transport and multimodality in Central Europe.
Comprising a team of 13 partners from 7 countries, the INWAPO project focused on three different waterway systems: the Danube river, the Northern Adriatic range as well as the Czech and Polish waterways.
The general objective of the project was to provide support to the implementation of the investments in intermodal infrastructures and the activation of new intermodal transport services. The specific objectives that the project intended to achieve were the following:
The cooperation within INWAPO, aiming to foster freight traffic on Central European waterways, has concentrated on the followings topics:
Specifically, the common actions taken were:
The project covered Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
In line with the objectives of the project, ports on three different waterway systems (the Danube river, the waterways of the Northern Adriatic range as well as the Czech and Polish waterways) have been developed.
INWAPO has promoted a better coordination among decision makers and stakeholders involved within the logistics multimodal field, allowing for a growth in competitiveness of the alternatives to road transportation. In this perspective, the initiative has supported better and more sustainable connections in Central Europe in order to lead port authorities, national, regional and local institutions to identify best policies promoting more environment friendly ways of transportation.
Start date: 10/2011
End date: 09/2014
The project is already concluded.
Total budget: 3,808,299 EUR
EU funds: 3,047,282 EUR were funded by the Central Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme 2007 - 2013 (ERDF) (area of intervention: 2.2 Developing Multimodal Logistics’ Cooperation)
National funds: 624,185 EUR
Private funds: 136,832 EUR (CE partners)
Project leader: Venice Port Authority / Italy
"To develop container transport on the Danube" (project example in EUSDR Action Plan). This project example was realized within the project INWAPO.
Data provided by: Martina Prettenhofer (Port of Vienna, Austria) - 11.01.2012
Last update by: viadonau, Austria (according to INWAPO's final report/action plan published by Port of Venice) - 11.09.2017