This project idea was about addressing the urgent need to reduce levels of pollutant emissions caused by inland waterway transport (IWT), both on board of vessels and in river ports. The holistic programme of research would have developed the “eco-friendly ship” concept and taken into account the concept of a "green port".
The project MreNa focused on the river March/Morava which marks part of the border between Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and its high tourist potential. MreNa conducted a feasibility study as to how shipping tourism can be extended while minding its effects on the nature protection areas as well as the different jurisdiction in Austria and Slovakia.
The ongoing project will focus on safe maritime port access in the form of navigational aids (upgrading the signalling system in the port basin and the fairway), extension of basic infrastructure in the form of quays, constructing a new state of the art on-shore waste collection and treatment facility, and purchasing a technical vessel.
The project idea comprises of the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) for Constanta Port, obtaining the EMAS & PERS certification for the port, increased cooperation between stakeholders active within the port, the improvement of the social climate, health, safety and training of port workers, etc.
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 includes a study and a real-life pilot deployment and is implemented in the core port of Csepel-Freeport.
DBS Gateway Region – Regional and Transport Development in the Danube-Black Seas (DBS) Region towards a Transnational Multi-port Gateway Region
DBS Gateway Region project aimed at supporting the Danube-Black Sea region to become an attractive gateway region for maritime and inland waterway transport between Central Europe and the Black Sea, the Caspian region and the Far East by facilitating increased intensity and quality of cooperation between ports, regions and other key actors.
The LNG Masterplan created a platform for cooperation between authorities and industry stakeholders with the purpose to facilitate the elaboration of a harmonised European regulatory framework for LNG as fuel and cargo in inland navigation and to promote the introduction of LNG as a fuel and cargo for inland shipping. A comprehensive strategy with a detailed roadmap was elaborated and pilot components were tested and monitored.
The port of Vukovar is strategically important, as it is the only Croatian port on the Danube River. The project encompasses the acquisition and construction of infrastructural port facilities, port loading and unloading Equipment and terminal-related equipment.
Complex solution for the Danube stretch downstream of Bratislava – Water Structure Gabčíkovo–Nagymaros (SVD G-N)
Only part of the project was finished in Slovakia: the Gabčíkovo Water Structure. Further project activities depend on an agreement between the authorities of the Slovak Republic and Hungary.
SEE MARINER – South Eastern Europe Marine and River Integrated System for monitoring the transportation of dangerous goods
The South East Europe area is a sea and river transit area of vessels carrying hazardous freight which constitute many potential environmental risks for coasts and inland waterways. The project was a result of the need to provide greater environmental protection through a coherent monitoring and response mechanism.