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
SHIP DESIGN GROUP S.R.L. Galati ERDF partner vgiuglea@shipdesigngroup.eu ROMANIA
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Project News

  • GRENDEL - First Know-How Transfer Event on Modernisation of Danube Vessels Fleet was organised in Vienna
    - 14-03-2019
    First Know-How Transfer Event on Modernisation of Danube Vessels Fleet was organised in Vienna

    Following the EUSDR PA 1a working group “Fleet Modernisation”, the first know-how transfer event in the framework of the GRENDEL project was held on 7 and 8 March in Vienna. Modernising the Danube fleet is one of the main objectives of the...

  • GRENDEL - SAVE THE DATE: FIRST PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND FIRST WORKSHOP ON STATE AID SCHEMES TO BE HELD AT THE PREMISES OF THE DANUBE COMMISSION
    - 28-02-2019
    SAVE THE DATE: FIRST PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND FIRST WORKSHOP ON STATE AID SCHEMES TO BE HELD AT THE PREMISES OF THE DANUBE COMMISSION

    26 March 2019 is a date marked by two important events in the framework of the GRENDEL project. Both events will take place at the premises of the Danube Commission in Budapest. The working day will start with the first public consultation...

  • GRENDEL - FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEETS
    - 27-02-2019
    FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEETS

    In the framework of the GRENDEL project, first factsheets regarding the potential of innovative technologies in modernising inland vessels were released in cooperation with the INDanube Innovation Transfer Centre. As one of the main...

  • GRENDEL - SAVE THE DATE: Know-how transfer event on modernisation of Danube fleet
    - 25-01-2019
    SAVE THE DATE: Know-how transfer event on modernisation of Danube fleet

    SAVE THE DATE: 7-8 March 2019, in Vienna. Inland shipping is facing enormous challenges with regard to the further optimisation of energy efficiency, environmental and climate protection. Greenhouse Gas Emissions is a very hot topic on the...

  • GRENDEL - Council adopted conclusions on inland waterway transport
    - 21-12-2018
    Council adopted conclusions on inland waterway transport

    Council conclusions on “Inland waterway transport – exploiting its full potential” were adopted on 3 December 2018. The conclusions acknowledge the significant contribution that this efficient, safe and sustainable mode of transport can make...

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