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
National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications ERDF partner Nikoletta.sajgo@rsoe.hu HUNGARY
Danube Commission ERDF partner horst.schindler@danubecom-intern.org HUNGARY
Association „Pro Danube Romania” – Association for the promotion of transports on the Danube ERDF partner meterna@prodanube.ro ROMANIA
Romanian Maritime Training Centre ERDF partner ghiulermanole@ceronav.ro ROMANIA
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Project News

  • GRENDEL - Handover of the feasibility study: Perspectives for the Use of Hydrogen as Fuel in Inland Shipping
    - 09-11-2018
    Handover of the feasibility study: Perspectives for the Use of Hydrogen as Fuel in Inland Shipping

    GRENDEL project follows developments of future innovative technologies and alternative fuelling options for inland waterway vessels with the goal to share this know-how with the Danube inland vessels operators and stakeholders. On 5 November...

  • GRENDEL - Dutch PitPoint.LNG to open German LNG bunkering station by Q2 2019
    - 09-11-2018
    Dutch PitPoint.LNG to open German LNG bunkering station by Q2 2019

    GRENDEL project follows developments of alternative fuels infrastructure for bunkering of  inland vessels, looking for good practices and examples which can help the Danube case and support inland vessels’ operators in their decisions on fleet...

  • GRENDEL - GRENDEL project presented during the Advisory Board meeting of the European Inland Barging Innovation Platform
    - 09-11-2018
    GRENDEL project presented during the Advisory Board meeting of the European Inland Barging Innovation Platform

    On 10 October  2018, the annual Advisory Board Meeting of the European Inland Barging Innovation Platform (EIBIP) was organised in Vienna, Austria. Already five Centres for Innovation Transfer in the Inland Waterway Transport are cooperating...

  • GRENDEL - CO2 reduction in ocean shipping: The never ending pursuit for the most economic vessel
    - 08-10-2018
    CO2 reduction in ocean shipping: The never ending pursuit for the most economic vessel

    Alike the IWT the seagoing industry also faces a growing need for fleet greening. The conference organised by the German association “Schiffbautechnische Gesellschaft” on 24 September 2018 in Hamburg offered insights into some details of this...

  • GRENDEL - Towards quality inland waterway transport – State of Play
    - 27-09-2018
    Towards quality inland waterway transport – State of Play

    The European Commission published last week a mid-term report on the EU inland waterway action programme - also known as NAIADES II - and a report on digital inland navigation (DINA). The NAIADES II progress report highlights that most of the...

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