About the project

The DaHar partnership represents small and medium sized Danube cities with ports and cities of international importance. The economic development and participation in the economic circulation of these cities could be enhanced through the optimal utilisation of port development in the frame of enhancing waterway cargo transport on the Danube in a transnational context. To this end, DaHar partners wish to utilise the logistical and multi-modal development capacities of their ports and port areas, develop their ports in a harmonised manner. This way, small and medium sized cities and ports will find their position in the development of waterway cargo transport, which results in the specification and diversification of their logistical and multi-modal functions in a logistical network of Danube cities and ports.

The main activities include

  • a careful analysis of multi-modal cargo transport development,
  • an intensive exchange of other partners' expertise in formulating the development potentials of individual ports,
  • synthesising the accumulated knowledge with stakeholder participation,
  • drawing up an integrated strategy for the functional specialisation of ports in the logistic chain,
  • developing concrete action plans for individual ports based on the common strategy

This strategy building will be supported by a (pro)active consensus building process to ensure the appropriate uptake of stakeholder inputs in the delivery of project outcomes. 

DaHar will result in port cities with improved capacity, and also improved policies related to logistical and multi-modal port development. It makes an important contribution to the functional specialisation of ports of small and medium sized cities in the transport logistical chain, thus filling the gap between the functions and roles of these cities and those of large multi-modal hubs.

The project determined five thematic groups:

  1. Logistical infrastructure of ports and port operation models

Nowadays several South-Eastern European port cities can decreasingly meet today’s requirements set by optimal international waterway transport due to outdated ports facilities, missing infrastructure, underdeveloped logistical network and the inefficient, unexploited use of outdated ports facilities. With these conditions the competitiveness of the cities only suffers. The DaHar project has the solution. The strategy’s first thematic group is concerned with developing the logistical infrastructure of ports and port operation models. As a result port cities can elevate themselves to a new European level. With the help of the DaHar project, not only harbour development, but the economy and the quality of living are entering an improved stage.

Important partners of the group: Municipality of Dunaújváros, Ennshafen OÖ GmbH, Municipality of Vidin, Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. , City of Vukovar

  1. Enhancing hinterland connections related to transport linkages between inland waterways and road & rail

Although waterway cargo transport is a real alternative for road and rail transport, it does not mean that it will overpower other ways of transportation. On the contrary, it will properly complete those, thus starting a cooperation with enterprises concerned in waterway transport is certainly worthwhile. The project creates a strategy, and its implementation will result a modern, international waterway transport network, so strengthening transport connections with road and rail transport is essential. 

Important partners of the group: National Company Administration of Danube River Ports J.S.Co. Giurgiu, Municipality of Galati, Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd., Public Ports Plc., Municipality of Silistra, Municipality of Giurgiu

  1. Integration of ports of small and medium-sized cities in the development of Danube container and RoRo liner services.

The Third thematic group is related to the integration of ports of small and medium-sized cities in the development of Danube container and RoRo liner services. Aside from improving harbor cities the project integrates cities in the development of Roll on/Roll off liner services.

Important partners of the group: Maritime Danube Ports Administration, Ennshafen OÖ GmbH, Municipality of Vidin, via Donau, City of Vukovar

  1. RIS related to cargo transport management

River Information Services (RIS) are modern traffic management systems enhancing a swift electronic data transfer between water and shore through in-advance and real-time exchange of information. An EU framework directive provides minimum requirements to enable crossborder compatibility of national systems. With the help of DaHar project in the future every partner can use state-of-the-art technology in the field of waterway transport.

Important partners of the group: Municipality of Dunaújváros, National Company Administration of Danube River Ports J.S.Co. Giurgiu, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Port of Novi Sad, via Donau

  1. Navigability & environmental protection.

DaHar activities are coherent with the EU's environmental objectives. By virtue of its objective to work towards the enhancement of inland waterway transport, the DaHar project makes a significant contribution to one of the key priority challenges, namely sustainable transport, of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. The DaHar partnership's commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in the structure of the thematic work: there is a thematic pillar related to navigability and the environmental aspects of logistical development of ports.

Important partners of the group: Municipality of Dunaújváros, Public Ports Plc., Municipality of Silistra