DAPhNE Danube Ports Network

DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network aims to facilitate a balanced development of Danube Ports as eco-friendly, well accessible multimodal hubs for the transport system of the region and to turn them into buzzing economic centres functioning as catalysts for economic growth and creation of high value jobs.

To achieve this goal, a permanent cooperation will be secured between public & private entities along the Danube, each of them bringing in their own specific expertise. These entities are: ministries, port administrations, port users, specialized consultancy firms, logistics companies, NGOs and universities.

The project establishes a well-managed working platform which tackles the most urgent insufficiencies with the help of guidelines, recommendations and concrete pilot activities based on good practices leading into an overall development strategy and action plan for the Danube ports.

The activities aim to improve port legislation, funding of port investments (State Aid Schemes and Public-Private Partnership models), port administration processes, port business strategies as well as port infrastructure & industrial development strategies. Special attention is paid to human capacity building and eco-improvement options for the port sector.

An innovative port IT community system (electronic platform that connects multiple systems operated by a variety of organisations within the port area) will be tested in real-life and new markets for Danube ports will be analysed (business development determined by arising opportunities from circular economy, usage of alternative fuels, transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas, distribution of renewable energy).

The solutions elaborated by the consortium will be shared with more than 60 Danube ports as possible blueprints by building a Danube Port Network, which shall emerge into a Danube Port Network Organisation to ensure durability of the results and their continuous further development.

Danube Ports Network
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2 985 406,15
ERDF Contribution: 2 415 219,42
IPA Contribution: 122 375,77
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner florescu@prodanube.eu Austria
Ennshafen Port ERDF partner k.kainzinger@ennshafen.at Austria
iC consulenten ZT GesmbH ERDF partner s.jovanovic@ic-group.org Austria
Ovidius University of Constanta ERDF partner economics@ovidius-university.net Romania
Ministry of Transport of Romania ERDF partner monica.patrichi@mt.ro Romania
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Project News

  • DAPhNE - Upcoming event: Port Info Day in Munich - 05/06/2019
    - 14-05-2019
    Upcoming event: Port Info Day in Munich - 05/06/2019

    Pro Danube and Port of Enns are hosting together the 2nd and last edition of the Port Info Day event foreseen as output 3.3 in the framework of the DAPhNE project (WP6 Port Strategy and Network). The event will take place on the 5th of June...

  • DAPhNE - Know-how transfer event dedicated to port digitalisation hosted by DPN
    - 17-04-2019
    Know-how transfer event dedicated to port digitalisation hosted by DPN

    New technologies are rapidly changing the transport and logistics landscape, hence requesting all transport, logistics and supply chains actors, including inland and sea ports, to be more innovative and agile. Danube ports cannot ignore the...

  • DAPhNE - The second edition of Port Policy Day was held in Vienna on 10 April 2019
    - 17-04-2019
    The second edition of Port Policy Day was held in Vienna on 10 April 2019

    Over 50 committed representatives of the DAPhNE project partner organisations, along with representatives of relevant public and private stakeholders of the Danube port and waterborne transport community came together on 10 April 2019 in Vienna...

  • DAPhNE - Upcoming events - SAVE THE DATE
    - 26-02-2019
    Upcoming events - SAVE THE DATE

    To help tighten the ties between the Danube Port Community members, a series of events have been planned by the DAPhNE partners for 2019: Port Policy Day 2019 - Vienna, 10 April 2019 Conference on port digitalisation - Vienna, 11 April...

  • DAPhNE - First steps towards the digitalisation of Danube ports in Austria, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia
    - 12-02-2019
    First steps towards the digitalisation of Danube ports in Austria, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia

    One of the key outputs of the DAPhNE project is the port community system (PCS) implemented through dedicated pilot actions at four different ports on the Danube. PCS is an innovative electronic platform that connects multiple systems...

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