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

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 - NEW TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEET ON ENERGY EFFICIENT NAVIGATION AVAILABLE
    - 28-05-2020
    NEW TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEET ON ENERGY EFFICIENT NAVIGATION AVAILABLE

    As one of the main objectives of the GRENDEL project is to raise the environmental performance of Danube inland vessels and to fully integrate them in the transnational transport and logistics chains, several factsheets providing basic...

  • GRENDEL - SAVE THE DATE! SECOND KNOW-HOW TRANSFER EVENT & THIRD PUBLIC CONSULTATION
    - 29-04-2020
    SAVE THE DATE! SECOND KNOW-HOW TRANSFER EVENT & THIRD PUBLIC CONSULTATION

    The second Know-how transfer event on the modernisation of Danube vessels will take place on 29 September 2020 (originally planned on 01 April 2020) and will be organised by the Danube Commission in Budapest. The core objective of the event...

  • GRENDEL - New step reached in the elaboration process of the model state aid scheme
    - 29-04-2020
    New step reached in the elaboration process of the model state aid scheme

    The GRENDEL project consortium, INDanube and representatives of Danube countries work together on the elaboration of a state aid model programme promoting sustainable modernisation of inland waterway vessels in the Danube region. A first...

  • GRENDEL - NEW TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEETS AVAILABLE
    - 06-04-2020
    NEW TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FACTSHEETS AVAILABLE

    As one of the main objectives of the GRENDEL project is to raise the environmental performance of Danube inland vessels and to fully integrate them in the transnational transport and logistics chains, several factsheets providing basic...

  • 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...

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