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 - Danube Ports Network (DPN): New Actor in the Danube Region's Port Governance System
    - 31-10-2018
    Danube Ports Network (DPN): New Actor in the Danube Region's Port Governance System

    Initiated in the framework of the DAPhNE - Danube Ports Network project (January 2017 – June 2019), DPN has emerged in response to a real need to address and reduce the development and innovation gap between Western and Eastern European Danube...

  • DAPhNE - project promotion at conferences in Austria and Germany
    - 25-10-2018
    project promotion at conferences in Austria and Germany

    DAPhNE project partners have been from the beginning very active in participating at relevant conferences and promoting the project amongst stakeholders. Here comes a summary about the latest conferences attended. Danube Business Talks in...

  • DAPhNE - International workshop on port management models
    - 23-09-2018
    International workshop on port management models

    On 5th September 2018, Constanta Maritime Ports Administration organized an international workshop on port management models in the frame of DAPhNE project, where project partners and other relevant representatives of the authorities and...

  • DAPhNE - Save the date - Port Process Workshops in Constanta
    - 09-08-2018
    Save the date - Port Process Workshops in Constanta

    In the frame of DAPhNE project, two international workshops will be organised in Constanta, Romania in September. Both events are open for the public, all interested are welcome. The events will be held in English. 5 September 2018 –...

  • DAPhNE - Introducing the first project outputs
    - 30-07-2018
    Introducing the first project outputs

    Several important milestones have been reached in the third reporting period of the DAPhNE project such as the elaboration of the first three project outputs. The series of national workshops on port legislation and state aid schemes which...

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