BASIC PROJECT DATA
Project ID: PA1A166
Project website: http://afdj.ro/ro/content/hyq-danube
NEED AND ADDED VALUE FOR THE DANUBE REGION STRATEGY
The project was needed in order to improve the safety and efficiency of inland waterway navigation on the Romanian Danube, as a part of TEN-T core transport network. The role of this project was to help improve the safety of navigation on the Danube river, respecting the recommendations of the Danube Commission in Budapest, in view of the increase in freight and passenger traffic, envisaged for the next 10-15 years.
OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE PROJECT
The objective of the project was the identification of solutions and technical requirements necessary for the rehabilitation and expansion of the hydrometric stations network to ensure navigation conditions and improve traffic safety on the Romanian Danube sector. The real-time publication of hydrological data and the realisation of international hydrological data exchange were also part of the study.
- Improved quality of hydrological data measured/determined in hydrometric stations, located on the Romanian sector of the Danube;
- Determination of the navigable track gauge for the Romanian sector of the Danube;
- Elaboration of statistical data communicated to the Danube Commission in Budapest;
- Setting the characteristic levels for each critical location in order to design future hydrotechnical constructions in ports or isolated locations, as well as to protect existing hydrotechnical works;
Improving the quality of data used in the data exchange activity at national level, with other institutions active in this field, as well as at international level, for the common Danube sectors, with the responsible institutions of neighbouring countries.
CONDUCTED AND PLANNED PROJECT ACTIVITIES
The aim of the study was to provide a complete set of documents for the rehabilitation and expansion of the network of hydrometric stations on the Danube in Romania, including tender documents for design and execution and the application for funding to access the necessary investment funds.
The study should serve as a starting point for improving the quality of data collected in hydrometric stations located on the Romanian Danube sector, in order to: Provide information on hydrological conditions and forecasts for users, to increase traffic safety on the Danube, to ensure the provision of information on hydrological and meteorological conditions during periods of high waters (floods) and low water (drought), in order to protect the environment and hydraulic structures and to establish characteristic local levels, to design future hydraulic structures in ports and isolated locations on the Danube.
- Project management
- Analysis of existing legislation and regulations
- Feasibility Study:
- Hydrological Study,
- The study for establishing the technical-functional characteristics of the equipment,
- The study for the implementation of the communication network and the connection to existing data processing systems,
- Geotechnical study for the realization of hydrotechnical structures,
- Elaboration of alternative technical-functional scenarios (minimum two scenarios)
- Elaboration of the cost-benefit analysis (for each scenario considered)
- Evaluation of alternative functional and technical scenarios; preferred variant
- Preliminary design of the preferred variant
- Documentation required to obtain all permits and approvals for the SF stage
- Drafting of tender documentation
- Preparation of the application for funding
- Clarification for the application for funding, if required by the funding programme
- Dissemination of information and activities with visibility
- Surrender to the beneficiary of all project results, reports, archives, correspondence documents, etc.
The project itself – as a study – had no direct impact on the situation of hydrometric stations on the Romanian sector of the Danube. The proposed measures though would 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 would benefit from more reliable and less costly waterborne logistics chains. The improvements of the fairway would 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.
Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, by availability of data within the joint sectors of the Danube.
PROJECT BENEFICIARIES / TARGET GROUPS
- River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati (AFDJ Galati), Ministry of Transport from Romania.
Direct target groups:
- actors in charge of the development of inland waterways and ports,
- decision-makers on political and administrational level,
- national and regional authorities (waterway and ports authorities),
- national authorities for water and environmental management.
- Waterway Administration from Republic of Serbia and Republic of Bulgaria and Romania Naval Authority.
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.
STATUS AND TIMEFRAME
Start date: March 2015
End date: December 2015
This project is already concluded.
Total budget: 620,000 EUR
EU funds: 527,000 EUR co-financed through the Operational Programme “Transport” (POS-T) 2007-2013
- River Administration of the Lower Danube Galati / Romania
Address: Portului, 32, Galati, Romania
- iC Consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH
- INHGA – National Hydrological Institute
- RFiD Solutions S.R.L. – System Integrator company of radio frequency ID solutions into Romanian market
PROJECT CROSS – REFERENCE
Follow-up project: HyQ2 DANUBE – Rehabilitation and extension of the hydrometric stations network on the Danube in Romania (PA1A123)
- NAIADES II Policy Package: “Towards quality inland waterway transport”: Seeks to create the conditions for inland navigation transport to become a quality mode of transport
- The EU Strategy for the Danube Region
- Europe 2020 – Europe’s growth strategy
- The Romanian Strategy for Sustainable Transport 2007-2013 and 2020, 2030: Contains a special chapter dedicated to maritime and inland water way transport
- Masterplan for Transport of Romania
- Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan of the Danube and its Tributaries (FRMMP) / EUSDR PA1A
- Law no. 107/25 September 1996 – the Water Law
- Convention for the Protection of the Danube signed on June 29, 1994 in Sofia, Bulgaria (entered into force in October 1998)
- EU Regulation 1315/2013 (TEN-T regulation) and in relation to the EU Regulation 1316/2013 – Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
- The Recommendations of the Danube Commission regarding fairway parameters
- The Danube Navigation Regulations
- UNECE Agreement on AGN
Data provided by: viadonau (16.09.2021)