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Pro Danube International prepares strategic projects for its priority topics. We will periodically report on the progress of these proposals and projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

LNG Masterplan for the Danube-Main-Rhine



The LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube is a project initiative filed in the last TEN-T MAP Call 2012 published in November 2012. The action addresses Priority Project Nr. 18 “Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube” of the TEN T network. It will provide a European strategy and pilot deployments for Liquefied Natural gas (LNG) as fuel for inland vessels as well as for LNG as cargo being transported on waterways and distributed via inland ports. The action consists of a set of feasibility studies, technical concepts, technical trials and pilot deployments of vessels and terminals. It is a multi-partner application of 33 companies and organisations from 12 EU Member States and will run from 2013-2015. The project volume eligible for EU co-finance amounts to app. 123 Mio €.


The LNG Masterplan provides a platform for key stakeholders from the public and private sector for the facilitation of parallel development of the necessary regulatory framework for LNG as vessel fuel and as cargo, and will deliver initial deployment in terminal and vessel infrastructure. Thus, it will break the chicken and egg situation for further investment. A European strategy as well as guidelines and recommendations for a full-scale LNG deployment will support authorities and industry.


The project has a strong support from several Ministries of Transport along RMD axis, CCNR and many stakeholders from industry and their professional organisations. The action addresses major EU priorities like: Europe 2020 – New Economic Strategy (2010) with Flagship initiative “Resource Efficient Europe”, European Union Climate Action - Climate Energy Policy (2009), White Paper on Transport – 2030/2050 perspective (2010) and the Proposal for the "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure" (2013) which is part of the "Clean Power for Transport Package".  The action therefore has to be considered as major policy action to fulfil the ambitious European objectives for use of alternative fuels, modal shift and greening of the inland navigation sector.


The project will investigate the benefits of implementing LNG as fuel and as cargo for the Danube fleet and identify obstacles and costs. It will develop a comprehensive strategy together with a detailed master plan for the necessary implementation steps.

Further details on the project are available here icon pdf


HINT - Harmonised Inland Navigation Transport through Education and Information Technology



Capitalization of NELI outputs and experience, cooperation and synergies with institutions and projects provided a valuable basis for a follow up project. The HINT project (Harmonised Inland Waterways Navigation through education and information technology) will foster and enlarge transnational partnerships among stakeholders in inland navigation education & training (E&T), administrative and transport sectors in the South East European Region. The project has the following objectives:

  • Integration of Danube Region into the European harmonised education process by supporting and promoting emergence and implementation of harmonised European standards on training of river personnel;
  • Development of training and assessment IT applications and tools by set up of a self-assessment platform for ADN certificate, development of case studies, related multimedia materials, new learning modules within INeS Danube Platform (e.g. RIS);
  • Creation of framework conditions for transnational cooperation by set up of a cooperation platform for all IWT involved actors (E&T providers, stakeholders etc.), upload of IWT E&T materials, Danube related event calendar, relevant net-works, projects and initiatives, identification and implementation of cooperation actions;
  • Development of business and technical concepts for a Danube school ship, a navigation simulator and ports/logistic simulator resulting in the ultimate development of a harmonized concept for on-board vs. simulator training.;
  • Promotion of IWT jobs and careers via a transnational IWT jobs campaign and pilot actions organized in the new Information and Training Centres being developed/extended during the project in BG, SK, RS, HR, RO and UA.

Further details on the project are available here icon pdf


Green Danube Ports A strategy and pilot action to increase efficiency and environmental sustainability of port operations



Danube ports are vital elements in the logistics chain and important centres of economic activities. Nevertheless, the transport market is a very competitive one and in order for inland navigation to compete with the other modes of transport, ports must be sustainably enhanced. Moving towards sustainability means that efforts should be made for ports to increase their economic productivity with the help of investments in green technologies so as to be able to establish and provide new green services to all their users. The improvement in the eco-footprint of ports will have an important impact from an environmental, economic and social point of view. The project analyzes and provides solutions regarding activities like: 1) recycling and waste management in ports (obsolete port equipment, polluted sediments and other waste), 2) the reduction of hazardous emissions in ports through well-planned strategies and the improvement of energy efficiency, 3) ports as providers and distributors of renewable energy and 4) the establishment of an effective sustainability policy for ports based on the EMAS audit scheme.

Further details on the project are available here icon ppt


Employment in Danube Navigation – A road-map to a sustainable and prosperous
Danube navigation system that offers attractive jobs and working conditions for its employees



The project will investigate in the current socio-economic situation and the parameters of the business and of the employees in the Danube navigation sector. The project will provide a sound analysis as well as substantial recommendations for a forward strategy and a road-map for gradual improvements in the framework of European transport, labour and social policy.


In addition, the project will identify existing shortcomings and propose concrete actions on how to improve the overall efficiency of Danube navigation, raise the levels of education & training and on how to increase social security standards as well as labour conditions to become more attractive for the skilled workforce.

Further details on the project are available here icon doc

Additional project proposals will be soon elaborated on together with members and partners addressing the improvement of the Danube fleet, Motorways of the Sea connecting to Danube transport with a dedicated focus on Turkey as well as with regard to education and training of personnel.