Ennshafen OÖ GmbH (leading partner)

The trimodal logistic hub Ennshafen is situated in the middle of Europe and is a landlord port with free access to the port infrastructure. Being a public port with private rehandling operation, it is the largest connected industrial area on the upper Danube region with 3,5 Mio m2. In the future, the port will serve even more as a platform for block train connections and their connection with the Danube to the SEE region. The objective is hence the optimal integration of the Danube into new logistic chains. The port has excellent international connections due to its contacts to intl. enterprises, associations & political decision-makers.

In order to further diversify its services, Ennshafen OÖ GmbH wants to establish Container liner services along the Danube to the SEE region. Through its participation in DaHar, it wishes to obtain a potential study analysis which prepares the scheduled service by analyzing the economic fundamentals (opportunities, costs for intermodal scheduled transport & back-up system railway, illustration of logistical demands etc).

Ennshafen brings into DaHar best practice in inland waterway logistics it has obtained through its membership in various intl. & national networks & associations and its participation in cooperation projects. Besides preparing a detailed workplan, knowledge sharing strategy & professional article, Ennshafen will be in charge of TG 3 on the integration of ports of small and medium-sized cities in the development of Danube container and RoRo liner services and participate in TG 1 regarding logistical infrastructure of ports.

via donau - Austrian Waterway Company (observing partner)

via donau is a waterway operator that executes sovereign functions on behalf of the federal government of Austria in the areas of inland waterways and waterway transport. In addition to the tasks of waterway administration and transport development, via donau both operates and further develops DoRIS - a communication system providing river information services with regard to Danube navigation. Moreover, the National Action Plan (NAP) on Danube Navigation - a dynamic planning and decision-making instrument that will determine Austrian waterway transport up to 2015 - was drawn up by via donau in close cooperation with all other relevant stakeholders of the inland navigation field in 2005. The NAP stresses the importance of inland navigation for transport policy and its implementation has been part of the current government programme since the beginning of 2007.

via donau is participating in the Dahar project to accompany the strategic port development in the Danube region, especially in the South-eastern European Countries.

In order to further strengthen the modal shift towards the Danube waterway, via donau, together with the Austrian economy, is endeavoured to develop cost efficient transport- and logistics solutions. Therefore, efficient ports on both ends of the transport chains are required to fully exploit the potential of waterway transport on the Danube. The DaHar project will enable to harmonise this development and therefore is of strategic importance for via donau.

Within the context of developing Danube inland navigation, besides the tasks as federal waterway administration, via donau sees its role in a strategic contribution towards a harmonised Danube Inland Port Development on the Danube River.