Project ID: PA1A015
Project website: www.newada-duo.eu
Currently, different qualities of service exist concerning the maintenance of the Danube waterway infrastructure and the provision of information on the current status of the fairway with a focus on the users of the Danube waterway.
The partnership of the already concluded NEWADA duo project helped to achieve noticeable progress in waterway management along the entire course of the Danube. Project partners were Danube waterway administrations, as these are the responsible organisations within a country with respect to waterway maintenance and development issues. The project featured a wide horizontal but also vertical representation of the partnership by involving ministries, regional directorates and international organisations as well.
The main objective of the project was to achieve a common level of service along the Danube in all areas of the maintenance cycle, i.e. monitoring and surveying of the riverbed (hydrology and hydrography), dredging of shallow areas, realignment of the fairway and provision of customer-oriented information via different tools and services.
Due to previous projects, there is already good cooperation and communication between waterway authorities within the Danube area. Nevertheless, resulting from the highly varied character of the Danube Region and the fact that waterway maintenance and development is a national responsibility of the riparian states of the Danube (ten different states are responsible for Danube waterway management out of which three are non-Member States of the EU), cooperation still needs to be strengthened and better coordinated.
Transnational and cross-border cooperation is necessary as the Danube waterway consists of about 1,150 km of national borders. Thus, waterway administrations shall deepen their cross-border cooperation with their neighbouring countries in order to avoid redundancies and facilitate the exchange of information. The users of inland navigation are interested in a seamless transportation link and expect services to be available in common quality along the entire Danube. These two things can only be achieved if the waterway administrations strengthen their cooperation and coordinate their future activities.
The continued harmonisation of efforts and taken measures established a level of efficiency and service which could not be achieved by isolated and non-coordinated activities of one riparian state alone. National priorities identified in the national strategies on waterway management (developed within the NEWADA project) must be harmonised with transnational ones. NEWADA duo established a transnational strategy on waterway management which was based on the "waterway maintenance cycle". Close cooperation with the Danube Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the European TEN-T Coordinator and the Coordinators of the Danube Region Strategy's Priority Area 1a were a prerequisite in this respect.
Target group and stakeholder involvement was a special focus of the project. All activities within the project were based on the strategic approach of "integrated waterway maintenance" which has a strong customer-orientation.
The most important target group of waterway administrations are the users of inland waterways (skippers, vessel operators, logistic service providers, port and terminal operator and authorities for inland navigation) performing freight and passenger transport by using the infrastructure provided and maintained by waterway administrations. Within NEWADA duo many activities took place that were directly based on information and feedback from this target group in order to be able to provide services according to their needs.
Ministries are also an important stakeholder as they are the "owner" of the waterway administrations and have an impact on future actions and therefore on the sustainability of project results. In order to achieve a high impact for stakeholders, different activities took place.
Start date: 01.09.2012
End date: 31.08.2014
The project is already concluded.
Total budget: 2,239,287.20 EUR
EU funds: 1,513,198.22 EUR (European Regional Development Fund)
390,195.90 EUR (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance)
funded by South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE) 2007 - 2013
National funds: 335,893.08 EUR (state budgets of project partners)
Project leader: via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH / Austria
Address: Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Wien / Austria
Preceding project: NEWADA - Network of Danube Waterway Administrations (PA1A005)
Apart from strategies on the EU level, there are several national strategies for the development and promotion of inland waterway transport in the countries of the participating project partners in place.
Financing of resources for waterway management (manpower and equipment) by national waterway administrations / Ministries of Transport in the Danube region.
Data provided by: Thomas Hartl (via donau, Austria) - 07.12.2011
Last update by: Thomas Hartl (via donau, Austria) - 20.08.2013