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 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...

  • DAPhNE - consortium meets for the second time in Enns, Austria
    - 10-02-2019
    consortium meets for the second time in Enns, Austria

    On 6 February 2019, the Port of Enns hosted the 4th consortium meeting and the 5th work package leaders meeting in the framework of the DAPhNE project. The partners introduced the current status of all project activities, with special focus on...

  • DAPhNE - The Challenge of Human Resources in Danube Ports
    - 04-02-2019
    The Challenge of Human Resources in Danube Ports

    Inland ports represent logistics hubs which facilitate transshipment between transport modes in a transport system and act as regulators of freight flows in supply chains. The human factor was often excluded and rather focuses more on technical...

  • DAPhNE - workshop on Physical Internet
    - 29-01-2019
    workshop on Physical Internet

    Project partner FHOO attended an international workshop in order to disseminate the DAPhNE project and to get further input for the elaboration of the report on Danube Ports and the Physical Internet. The Physical Internet Workshop was...

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