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


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner danila@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 - Capitalization activity: Joint communication action in Steyr with DANTE and Danube Skills projects
    - 14-06-2017

    In total, more than 270 guests, including business partners, students, alumni and research partners participated at the “Fest der Logistik” (engl. logistics event) which took place at the Museum Arbeitswelt in Steyr (Upper Austria).  The...

  • DAPhNE - DAPhNE project presented at the Danube Commission Workshop '17
    - 12-06-2017

    On the 8th of June, the Danube Commission Workshop '17 took place at the Secretariat of the Danube Commission in Budapest. Within this framework, an active exchange of ideas and fruitful discussions have been enabled between the Danube...

  • DAPhNE - project event “Danube Ports Info Day” organised in the framework of the Transport Logistic Fair in Munich
    - 19-05-2017

    With more than 2.000 exhibitors and 50.000 trade visitors, the Transport Logistic Fair in Munich is the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management, allowing its visitors to discuss the latest developments...

  • DAPhNE - Danube Ports Info Day 11/05/2017 - Details & Agenda
    - 04-05-2017

    The Danube Ports Info Day is meant to promote Danube Ports as logistics & service hubs as well as ideal locations to setting up businesses needing waterborne & intermodal logistics infrastructure. It was agreed among the DAPhNE partners to choose...

    - 31-03-2017

    To help tighten the ties between the Danube Port Community members, a series of events have been planned by the DAPhNE partners. Interested parties are invited to attend and get in contact with the Lead Partner-PDI  to learn more about the...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)