„Bases are laid for implementing harbor developments”

The - 3-year - term of the DaHar project has been completed successfully. The project was established to create a mutual port development strategy of small and medium sized cities of the Danube with ports of international importance. The aim of participating partners was mainly inland waterway cargo transport development, thus enhancing economical growth of these areas and inspiring sustainable transport.

„The key-question for the European Union member states is how the opportunities of the Danube waterways can be used in cargo transport and what their contribution is to the sustainable growth of certain areas and industries. The results of the DaHar project are progressive and well coordinated, serving as an appropriate basis for the implementation of port developments.” – said Balázs Medgyesi, State Commissioner for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, regarding the completion of the present phase of the project.

Dunaújváros started the DaHar project, as lead-partner, in April 2011 as part of the EU’s strategic area development program, the SEE program (South East Europe Program). The partnership consists of 8 countries with 10 partners and numerous associated and observing partners (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia) and proposed the ambitous objective of coordinating the long-term harbour logistics developments and establishing a mutual strategy in the partnership of  small and medium sized ports and cities. The Danube has a significant role in waterway cargo transport yet nowadays decreasingly meets the requirements set by international waterway transport, due to missing infrastructure, underdeveloped logistical network and inefficient use of outdated ports facilities.

Besides economical considerations, enviromental issues are also essential in the project: enhancing inland waterway cargo transport fits to the EU’s enviromental protection objectives, since sustainable transport is part of the EU's sustainable development strategy. Watervay transport is unquestionably the most environment-friendly mode of shipping goods, issuing the least CO per Ton.

As a result of the past few years' surveys and discussions the DaHar Partnerships has created an Integrated Strategy, offering consrete steps to develop the 9 participating harbors. Local Action Plans were also formed for 9 cities - Dunaújváros (Hungary), Ennshafen (Austria), Galaţi and Giurgiu (Romania), Novi Sad (Serbia), Vukovar (Croatia), Silistra and Lom (Bulgaria) as well as Bratislava (Slovakia) – offering plans for harbour development regarding coordinated objectives and sustainable development.

In December 2013 the DaHar delegation handed over to EU leaders a detaied polotical Recommendations, asking for decisions and actions to reach the mutually agreed objectives. Two of he most important issues are, to ensure minimum 2,5ms depth of water for safe navigation, and establish railroad connection between ports and a major trans european transport corridor. Creating a standardized regulation for the full length of the Danube and ensuring crossborder, in-advance and real-time exchange of information of RIS (River Information Services) is also a request from the EU decision makers.

The success of the DaHar project has laid the foundation for continuance, the mission of  "DaHar II"  is realizing the harbour developments described by the Partnership and its experts of DaHar, and the involved stakeholders. For example the Lead-Partner, Municipality of Dunaújváros, plans to establish a logistic and service center for creating jobs and enhancing economy in a locationa where Europe's significant water and road transport corridors are crossing.  In the 3. phase of the investment, a port development would be realized with the capacity of 6 million tonns of operational and 3.2 tonns of loading capacity. Besides these, fast and effective road and rail connection would be provided. In the harbor, ship repair service, custom office and various terminals would be established to serve different logistic needs.

02/20/2014 - 14:11