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Request for action to support the change of the vessel crew during the COVID-19 crisis in each of the Danube Riparian Countries

Friday, 03 April 2020 08:49

Pro Danube International acted on behalf of the shipping industry and officially contacted the Secretariat of the Danube Commission for action to support the change of the vessel crew during the COVID-19 crisis. The past weeks with the COVID-19 crisis have shown how important solidarity, transparency and widely harmonised actions are. It is also being proven every day that transport and logistics are essential elements not only to ensure the flow of cargo, but to serve the citizens daily needs in these difficult times.

In respect of harmonised solutions for transport and logistics, Pro Danube International pointed out, that the most urgent action to be taken as soon as possible, is to ensure the free circulation of the crew members for river-vessel. In line with the EU’s Green Lane, PDI urged for a solution in order to allow the change of vessel crew members in each of the Danube Riparian Countries.

The full letter with detailed proposals is available here.

Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) on IWT

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:52
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrown the whole transportation system into a never before seen level of uncertainty.

Representing a network of more than 150 businesses, Pro Danube International is closely following the measures introduced by the different Danube-riparian countries announced in national notice(s) to skippers. In order to keep track of the measures and also to prepare for the next steps, we kindly ask our members to inform us on additional measures and changes based on their daily experiences and/or information received from authorities.
 
We kindly ask you to do this via the PDI Administrative Barrier Reporting Tool (available in all languages of the Danube Region) and/or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will consolidate the inputs and update our community on a regular basis.

The current status of national measures and actions adopted so far by national authorities can be seen below.

Germany Measures
River Cruise  All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restriction to foreign fleets.
Port operations Working normally.
Austria Measures
River Cruise  All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restriction to foreign fleets.
Port operations Working normally.
Slovakia Measures
River Cruise  All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore.
Port operations Working normally.
Hungary Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore.
Port operations  Working normally.
Croatia Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation Restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore; Inbound & Outbound revision to be done in either Bezdan or Pancevo;
Port operations Working normally.
Serbia Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation Restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore; Inbound & Outbound revision to be done in either Bezdan, Pancevo or Veliko Gradiste; Transiting  Serbia is limited to certain sailing hours up- and downstream;
Port operations Working normally.
Romania Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation Restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore in Calafat, Giurgiu and Moldova Noua; Revisions not possiblee to be done in Orsova, Severin, Bechet, Magurele, Zimnicea;

Also, it is forbidden to access the maritime and fluvio-maritime vessels in the ports located on the maritime Danube, until the 14-day quarantine period from the last port of call located in a red / yellow area, in the next two parking areas in anchor:

a) the port of Sulina port, for vessels coming from the Black Sea;

b) The Danube, naval mile 44, for ships coming from the Bâstroe canal.

Port operations Working normally.
Bulgaria Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore.
Port operations Working normally.
Moldova Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore.
Port operations Working normally.
Ukraine Measures
River Cruise All activities practically stopped.
Cargo transportation No restrictions to foreign fleets; Foreign crew members are not allowed to go on shore.
Port operations Working normally.

GRENDEL: second public consultation on fleet modernization successfully organised in Budapest on 22 January 2020

Friday, 24 January 2020 12:39

Attended by experts of the European Commission (DG MOVE and DG COMP), the Danube Commission as well as national public and private entities, the core objective of the second public consultation organised in the framework of the GRENDEL project was to discuss and analyse the ongoing drafting process of the Model State Aid Scheme. Initiated by Pro Danube International, the ambitious plan to provide a widely harmonised State Aid Scheme for Danube fleet modernisation across borders has to take several legal aspects into consideration in order not to interfere with European legislation.

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The current status of the draft proposal was thoroughly evaluated by the attendees. As a result, valuable input was provided to further develop and fine-tune the text contentwise. European and national experts furthermore discussed scenarios for the concrete implementation process of this innovative financing instrument and the possibility to support the scheme through the Cohesion Fund. Since the lower parts of the Danube are severely affected by low investment capacities of vessel operators, providing tailored funding incentives for fleet modernisation through specific Operational Programmes could be regarded as a fitting solution.

Pro Danube’s success stories presented at the EUSDR PA 1a Steering Group Meeting

Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:32

The key achievements of DAPhNE and expected results of GRENDEL were presented by PDI’s General Secretary, Mr. Róbert Rafael, in the framework of the EUSDR PA 1a 17th Steering Group Meeting organised earlier this month in Brussels.

Based on the successful implementation of the policy initiative “Green Deal for Danube River Transport” developed by Pro Danube International, the DANTE and DAPhNE projects produced tangible results that are widely recognized on the European level. Meanwhile, the expectations set for GRENDEL´s ambitious plan to propose a harmonized State Aid Scheme on the transnational level in proactively supporting the challenging modernisation process of the Danube fleet are extremely high. The main conclusion was that even though Pro Danube`s initiatives managed to have a positive impact on the overall development of waterborne transport in the Danube Region, there is still a long way to go until IWT is exploited at its full economic and environmental potential.

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