Danube Ports Day

DPD eventThe “Danube Ports Day” annual events are meant (i) to promote port affairs providing insights into the policy framework and concrete examples of development works and projects as well as (ii) to trigger future key actions meant to place Danube Region ports as ideal locations for setting up businesses relying on waterborne infrastructure. The annual editions bring together experts, policymakers and representatives of the IWT sector to discuss policy and other key related aspects linked to port development issues.

Launched in 2017 in the frame of the DAPhNE project (www.interreg-danube.eu/daphne), the events are gathering year by year a higher number of participants interested in port related affairs. The latest edition was organised in November 2020 (online) with the support of the Dionysus project (www.interreg-danube.eu/dionysus). The 2020 event brought together over 60 experts from the Danube Region and beyond. It facilitated a structured discussion on port development opportunities touching on topics such as (a) shore side electricity and (b) integrated logistics. Shore-side electricity, which allows ships to turn off their engines and plug into an electrical grid while at berth, has been steadily growing in popularity as a reliable solution to cutting emissions as well as reducing noise and vibration. First-hand information was provided based on the results of several EU & national funded projects, whereas, at the same time, two fleet operators presented from a user’s perspective related prerequisites. In relation to the second topic, two port operators from Romania and Moldova introduced their logistics solutions to efficiently accommodate intermodal transport to and from their ports, whereas one logistics service provider from Hungary offered examples of fully integrated logistics solutions making use of the waterways.

The next two edition will be organised in Q3/2021 and Q3/2022. For up-to-date information, please visit: www.danubeports.eu/events