Project ID: PA1A115
The Danube river is the main waterway artery of Central and South-Eastern Europe and could function as key axis for logistics, supporting regional development and economic growth in ten riparian countries. It also connects the markets of Central & Western Europe with the Black Sea region, via Constanta Port and the maritime seaports on the Danube. Several key industries of the region strongly depend on the Danube waterway for competitive logistics which is a pre-condition for safeguarding jobs in the region. Over the last two decades, the reliability and cost-effectiveness of Danube transportation deteriorated tremendously which lead to a significant reduction of the transport volumes, reaching less than 40 million tons per year.
The deterioration of the fairway situation resulted in blockages of several days and even weeks of the fairway in the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, causing millions of Euros losses for the navigation sector and their customers. Major industries like steel, agriculture, construction, chemical, etc. suffered from increases in logistics costs as well as from the interruption of supply chains, which reduced their economic performances as well as their perspectives.
The severest restrictions to navigation occurred on the Lower Danube, in the common Romanian – Bulgarian Danube sector. Three locations are especially critical: Calafat, Bechet and Corabia. Capital dredging measures are planned for each of these sections. The project is closely interlinked with FAST Danube and FAIRway Danube. Only after the approval of the environmental impact assessment done within FAST Danube works planned within SWIM may start.
The project is an important step towards the removal of bottlenecks along the Danube and the transnational cooperation between both Waterway Administrations – River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati - AFDJ and Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River – IAPPD.
The proposed project SWIM aims at removing three critical bottlenecks and strengthening the cooperation between AFDJ and IAPPD as a preparatory step for future joint measures on the Lower Danube.
The project is in close cooperation with the CEF Actions “FAIRway Danube” and “FAST Danube”. Both waterway Administrations – River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati AFDJ Galati and Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River IAPPD – are partners in both CEF Actions.
The project is structured into six activities, as follow:
Activity 1: Project Management and dissemination
Activity 2: Integrated Concept to ensure a good Navigation status
Activity 3: SWIM – SMART IT Platform
Activity 4: Procurement and delivery of technical equipment to carry out capital dredging works and enhanced safety of navigation
Activity 5: Pilot capital dredging measures for improved navigation status
Activity 6: Evaluation and recommendations
The proposed project will have a positive impact for shipping companies and their industrial clients (transport users) by ensuring cost-effective and safe water depths at a guaranteed minimum standard. Major industries of the region will benefit from more reliable and less costly waterborne logistics chains. The improvements of the fairway will also have indirect and induced positive economic effects arising e.g. from increased economic activities in the Danube inland and seaports, including the Port of Constanta.
The project will strengthen the cooperation between Romanian and Bulgarian waterway administration by an increased innovative approach and technical capacity on fairway rehabilitation.
The project can be considered as a necessary preparatory step to the future works of river engineering on the common Romanian – Bulgarian Danube sector.
In addition, the project will:
Beneficiary: River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati (AFDJ Galati) and Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River (IAPPD), Ministry of Transport from Romania, and local authorities, port administration.
Direct target groups: actors in charge with the development of inland waterways and ports, decision-makers on political and administrational level, national and regional authorities (waterways and ports authorities).
Indirect target groups: actors that will benefit from and contribute to the operation and services of Danube fairway such as: river & maritime ports and logistical centres, freight forwarders, shippers, shipping companies, terminal operators, chambers of commerce, logistics associations, railway associations, operators of combined transport, and many other stakeholders from manufacturing sector as well as cargo trading businesses.
Start date: 01.07.2016
End date: 31.12.2020
The Feasibility Study for the technical design and the economic assessment of the technical vessels necessary for AFDJ was finalized in December 2015.
The project is closely linked with the project “FAST Danube”, financed from CEF, which will provide technical solution and environmental assessment for fairway rehabilitation actions and “FAIRway Danube”, as a coordination platform of the Danube region waterway administrations for the implementation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan of the Danube and its Tributaries (FRMMP).
Total budget: 12,222,200 EUR
EU funds: 10,388,870 EUR are funded by Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2014 - 2020
National funds: 1,833,330 EUR
Project leader: River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati / Romania
Address: Portului Street, no. 32, Galati / Romania
Project partner: Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River (IAPPD) / Bulgaria
Data provided by: Romeo Soare (AFDJ Galati) - 02.02.2016
Last update by: Romeo Soare (AFDJ Galati) - 29.11.2016