GRENDEL Green and efficient Danube Fleet

Long service life of inland vessels, high investment costs, low re-investment capacity of the Danube fleet operators together with knowledge deficits about green technologies as well as the lack of public actions & incentives impose severe barriers for the adaption of the Danube IWT fleet to forthcoming European IWT and environmental policy objectives.

The GRENDEL project supports the Danube vessel fleet operators and their public counterparts in modernisation of the sector. GRENDEL addresses various fleet modernisation aspects: [i] use of low carbon & alternative fuels, [ii] reduction of air pollutant emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) and [iii] overall energy consumption. Besides this, [iv] transport & logistics management processes are addressed to ensure better integration of the Danube IWT into logistics chains through new services (including River Information Services), digital data provision as well as dedicated tools to improve efficiency of fleet operations.

The project's overall goal is the improvement of the environmental and economic performance of the Danube fleet. This will be achieved through three specific objectives:

  1. Know-how transfer for Danube fleet operators with the help of intensive transnational collaboration between private & public stakeholders and targeted know-how transfer activities in order to overcome the existing knowledge gap, lack of activities and absence of instruments to deploy innovative solutions
  2. Elaboration of innovative technical vessel concepts and improved transport & logistic management processes of fleet operators and sharing these as good practices for wide-scale implementation to strengthen the competitive position of inland navigation and to exploit its market potential
  3. Supporting development of favourable regulatory framework & well-designed public support measures by  introducing Model State Aid Scheme & innovative financial instruments to design national public support measures which will clearly address the needs of the sector

With its activities, GRENDEL aims to achieve a higher acceptance and use of inland waterway transport (IWT) as an environmentally friendly transport mode contributing to economic growth and a more sustainable transport system in the Danube region.

Green and efficient Danube Fleet
Start date
01-06-2018
End date
30-11-2020
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1,824,999.20
ERDF Contribution: 1,481,137.05
IPA Contribution: 70,112.25
ENI Contribution: 0.00
Call number
Call 2
Priority
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 siot@prodanube.eu AUSTRIA
Association „Pro Danube Romania” – Association for the promotion of transports on the Danube ERDF partner meterna@prodanube.ro ROMANIA
SHIP DESIGN GROUP S.R.L. Galati ERDF partner vgiuglea@shipdesigngroup.eu ROMANIA
River Navigation Company NAVROM SA ERDF partner idanaila@navrom.ro ROMANIA
Danubia Kreuzfahrten GmbH ERDF partner Wolfgang.lueftner@lueftner-cruises.com AUSTRIA
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Project News

  • GRENDEL - 4th Consortium meetings
    - 02-04-2020
    4th Consortium meetings

    The 4th GRENDEL Consortium Meeting was organised together with the 4th Work Package & Activity Leaders Meeting and with the 4th Steering Committee Meeting on 31st March 2020 (virtually due to the current Corona crisis), gathering 19...

  • GRENDEL - STEERER: Call for experts for the Green Shipping Expert Group and Scientific Committee of STEERER are now open!
    - 04-03-2020
    STEERER: Call for experts for the Green Shipping Expert Group and Scientific Committee of STEERER are now open!

    Do you want to be in the frontline of defining strategies, policies and R&D investment priorities that pave the way towards zero-emission waterborne transport? Applications to join the Green Shipping Expert Group and Scientific Committee of...

  • GRENDEL - NPS Diesel and Vink Diesel introduce standard MX engines which comply with the IWW Stage V emission legislation
    - 04-03-2020
    NPS Diesel and Vink Diesel introduce standard MX engines which comply with the IWW Stage V emission legislation

    Now that the inland navigation sector has to comply with the same emission standards as the industrial and agricultural sectors, transport over inland waterways is taking a big step forward. After four years of developing, the...

  • GRENDEL - Save the date! Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube fleet
    - 28-02-2020
    Save the date! Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube fleet

    Hosted by the Danube Commission in Budapest on 1 April, the core objective of the event organised in the framework of the GRENDEL project in cooperation with the innovation centre INDanube, is to provide a platform for knowledge-transfer and...

  • GRENDEL - second public consultation successfully organised in Budapest
    - 27-01-2020
    second public consultation successfully organised in Budapest

    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...

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