BASIC PROJECT DATA – PROJECT IDEA
Project ID: PA1A028
NEED AND ADDED VALUE FOR THE DANUBE REGION STRATEGY
When the Danube-Black Sea Canal was opened to navigation in 1984, only the minimal works necessary to enable navigation had been completed. The uncompleted works, the type of the rocks, the influence of hydro-meteorological factors (wind, rain, snow) and the repeated cycles of freeze-thaw may cause landslides and rock falls. This would have a major impact on the general stability of the embankments of the canal, resulting in a fairway clogged with material drawn from the slope and transported in the canal, as well as in the damage of already completed works.
The Danube-Black Sea Canal is a navigation canal in the County Constanţa, Romania, connecting the ports on the Danube with the Constanţa Black Sea port, shortening the route to the Constanţa port by almost 400 km. The Canal is a component of the important European waterway between the Black Sea and the North Sea (through the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal). By using this route, goods travelling from Australia and the Far East to Central Europe will have a shorter voyage by around 4,000 km.
According to the UNECE classification, the Danube-Black Sea Canal is a waterway of Class VI.
Besides the navigation function, the canal also provides the necessary water for irrigation and is used as drinking water and as industrial water source.
OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE PROJECT
Banks consolidation works on the canal in order to ensure the safety of inland waterway transport.
PLANNED PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Execution of consolidation works.
Through the Danube-Black Sea Canal the Danube river is linked with the port of Constanţa and goods are transported from/to Central European landlocked countries to/from Asian countries.
PROJECT BENEFICIARIES / TARGET GROUPS
- Shipping companies
STATUS AND TIMEFRAME
Start date: 2020
End date: 2030
From the state budget around one million EUR is allocated every year for the execution of works on sectors where the banks stability is at high risk.
A feasibility study for the remaining works will be designed with financial resources from A.C.N. S.A. budget. The execution of the works will be started as soon as the financial resources are identified.
Total budget: 185,000,000 EUR (indicative)
EU funds: 157,250,000 EUR (potential resource for the project implementation: Cohesion Fund)
National funds: 27,750,000 EUR (potential resource for the project implementation: state budget)
The sources and amounts are only potential. Financing is not yet available.
Project leader: Administration of Navigable Canals (ACN), Constanţa / Romania
Address: Ecluzei Street no. 1, Agigea / Romania
There would be no additional partners involved.
PROJECT CROSS – REFERENCE
- The signalization on the Danube–Black Sea Canal was modernised in the period 2010 – 2011 (PA1A029)
- The feasibility study for the modernisation of Agigea and Cernavoda locks equipments was finalised in 2011. The financing application was submitted in 2012 to the Management Authority for SOPT 2007–2013. The project “Rehabilitation of locks on the Danube-Black Sea Canal and the Poarta Alba-Midia Navodari Canal” (PA1A034) was split to be implemented in two phases, namely:
- Phase 1 financed through Sectorial Operational Programme Transport 2007-2013 (SOPT) (finalised in 2016)
- Phase 2 financed through Large Infrastructure Operational Programme 2014-2020 (POIM), is ongoing
- The works for the waiting berth for convoys’ dismantling/remaking at the junction between the Danube-Black Sea Canal and the Poarta Alba-Midia Navodari Canal was finalised in 2014 (PA1A035)
- Banks consolidation on the Poarta Alba–Midia Navodari Canal (PA1A042)
- Modernizing the navigation signalization system on the Poarta Albă–Midia Năvodari Canal (PA1A066)
- In 2012, RoRIS system was implemented on the Canal and connected to the RoRIS National Centre
- Strategy for sustainable development on the period 2007–2013 and 2020, 2030 approved by Minister of Transport Order no. 508/2008
- Government Programme 2009–2012
- Government Programme 2013–2016
- Belgrade Convention (1948)
- Navigation and Inland Waterway Action and Development in Europe (NAIADES) COM (2006) 6 final
- White Paper Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system COM(2011) 144 final
- Decision No. 661/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network
- Law no. 203/2003 regarding the guidelines for the creating, development and modernization of transport network of national and international importance
- Government Decision no. 599/2009 regarding the organisation of the National Company “Navigable Canals Administration”
- All EU Directives related to environmental protection
OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES
Financing ensured for the project completion.
Data provided by: Cristina Cuc, Monica Patrichi (Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania) – 13.09.2011
Last update by: Adina Hilca, Silviu Udrea (Administration of the Navigable Canals SH, Romania) – 21.08.2017