Posted by Viktoria Weissenburger, Monday, 9th October 2017 @ 11:25 am

Basic  project  data 

Project ID: PA1A132

Need  and  added  value  for  the  Danube  Region  Strategy

The project's overall objective is to foster the use of LNG in the inland navigation sector across the Danube, therefore contributing to the European alternative fuels implementation strategy. The project, including a study and a real-life pilot deployment, is implemented in the core port of Csepel-Freeport, the biggest inland port in Hungary and a crossroad for flows and transshipment of freight between inland waterway, rail and road transport. It is located in the southern part of Budapest on the Rhine-Danube Core Network Corridor.


The aim is to:

  • Accelerate LNG availability for Danube inland waterway transport.
  • Contribute to the European alternative fuels implementation strategy.

The first specific objective is to understand all necessary technical, economic and customer-related requirements to ensure innovative, modular and openly accessible LNG offshore bunkering for inland waterway vessels and onshore refueling services for long haulage trucks, as well as, at a later stage, for trains.

The second specific objective is to understand and meet all the requirements linked to the first stages of the development of an LNG ship-to-ship bunkering vessel, up to its technical design.

The last specific objective is to build technical, financial and commercial real-life experience related to the operations of onshore LNG bunkering and LNG-propelled vessels on the Danube, through two pilots:

  • one pilot for the innovative LNG bunkering and refueling station for vessels and trucks in the Freeport of Csepel, and
  • one pilot to retrofit and operate a freight vessel with LNG propulsion.

Collection and exploitation of operational data will contribute to drawing conclusions and making recommendations for the future LNG roll-out along the Danube and in the EU.                                                

PLANNEd  project  activities

Deployment of a fixed LNG refueling station at this tri-modal core port. This station would serve not only LNG-propelled vessels but also LNG trucks and later possibly trains as well. In addition, the project foresees to retrofit existing vessels with LNG propulsion. The project will study the design of the innovative LNG related infrastructure, implement it and will disseminate appropriate related results.

Transboundary  impact

The solutions are applicable to all Danube countries.

Project  beneficiaries  /  target  groups

The list of beneficiaries comprises barge operators, port authorities, shipyards, technology providers, energy industry, research organisations, etc.

status  and  timeframe

Start date: 01.06.2016
End date: 31.12.2019


Total budget:  7,097,150  EUR
EU funds: 6,032,578 EUR are funded by Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2014-2020
National funds: 1,064,572 EUR

Project  team

Project leader: Ministry of National Development / Hungary

Project partners: MAHART
Contact person: Arnold Ádám (MAHART)
Contact data:; +36 30 928 3384

Project  environment

Project  cross - reference

LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube (PA1A023)

Strategic  reference

The project addresses key priorities of the European Union transport policy such as:

  • Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth: to comply with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) compared to 1990, reduce energy consumption by 20% through increased energy efficiency, to meet 20% of energy needs from renewable sources
  • European alternative fuels implementation strategy
  • The White Paper on Transport – 2030/2050 perspective (2010) & Single Market Act II: emphasize the need for well-connected port infrastructure, efficient and reliable port services and transparent port funding
  • A roadmap to moving to a competitive carbon economy in 2050 (2011): the EU should prepare for reductions in its domestic emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990
  • Ports: an engine for growth COM (2013) 295 final: setting up the EU strategy needed to help ports implement good practices and sound managerial approaches while fully respecting diversity and particular circumstances

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Meta  data

Data provided by: Henrik Domanovszky (PAN-LNG project coordinator / Hungary) - 09.10.2017