I. Newsletter

Mayor's greetings

Dear Visitor!

I welcome you in the name of Dunaújváros Municipality on the website of the DaHar project.

Dunaújváros started the DaHar project in April 2011 as a part of EU's strategic area development program, the SEE program (South East Europe Program). The project aims to harmonise long-term logistic development of small and medium sized ports and cities of the river Danube. With the leadership of Dunaújváros this cooperation will result in the establishment of a mutual development strategy.

The project came to life on the conception, that Danube's countries share a mutual interest, which is the optimal integration of waterway cargo transport into the logistic network and as a part of this, securing the harmonized functioning of small and medium sized cities and ports along the river. The development of the harbours of these municipalities is not yet an emphasized issue, however their importance is significant, because in the case of these ports real logistic diversification and specification is an accomplishable mission (and with it, servicing larger harbours with cargo).

As of the results of the project, port developments, logistic and infrastructural plans could become pillars of the economic improvement - however, the main goal is of course the cooperation itself. According to our experiences partners of DaHar are in agreement that maybe our goals and interests are different in each case, we can only achieve success and reach efficient, productive results undivided.

We believe that the project will bring us concrete and successful outcomes, and prosperity to our city, to our area and to all participating countries.

Yours sincerely,

Gábor Cserna,

Partner introductions

We would like to introduce the partners involved in the DaHar project. First you can meet the Hungarian participants.

Dunaújvárosi kikötő

Municipality of Dunaújváros (leading partner)

DMJV is a medium-sized Danube port city, characterized by its steelworks factory and related industry & logistics services. The industrial harbour, having one of the highest trade flows in HU, can decreasingly meet today's requirements due to inefficient, unexploited use of outdated ports facilities, missing infrastructure & an underdeveloped logistics network, which results in the city's and the surrounding region's competitiveness suffering. The city's excellent geographic location (intersection of 3 European corridors), the logistical demands of the old & newly settled enterprises and the infrastructural developments of the last few years (M8, Pentele Bridge) give reason for the significant improvement of the logistics function of the city.

Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research, Institute of Logistics and Production Systems (leading partner)

Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research was established in 1992 with the purpose of creating an institute suited to carry out efficient applied technological and scientific research and development. The Foundation is the largest and most successful non-profit applied research organization in Hungary. The Institute of Logistics and Production Systems (BAY-LOGI) was founded in 1993 in cooperation with the University of Miskolc. Its main profiles include logistics, applied information technology, structural integrity, recycling, environmental protection and production systems. Related to logistics, the staff of the institute provides simulation tests and optimization of logistical processes for distribution and warehouse activities.

Danube Commission (observing partner)

The Danube Commission has been established to supervise the implementation of the 1948 Convention and to fulfil various other tasks aiming at ensuring adequate conditions for shipping on the Danube and at creating a unified navigation system of inland waterways in Europe. Among its diverse tasks, the Commission deals with harbour related developments alongside the river, with the improvement of navigation conditions and safety of navigation, and with creating requirements for the Danube integration into the European system in the capacity of the significant transport corridor. The Danube Commission will be involved in DaHar as an Observer because this project is dealing with the enhancement and modernization of the logistical capacity of ports of small and middle-sized cities along the Danube in an international dimension, thus contributing to a harmonized and coordinated development planning. In this way, the DaHar initiative can contribute to achieving the targets the Danube Commission has set.

Hungarian National Shipping Federation (observing partner)

The Hungarian National Shipping Federation (MAHOSZ), which was established in 2004, represents the interests of all major stakeholders of inland navigation and shipping in Hungary. Its activities as civil organisation include the representation of joint interests of its members and if necessary organisational, coordinating tasks.

Hungarian Ministry for National Economy (observing partner)

The issues tackled in DaHar project are in line with the Hungarian and European objectives of improving the inland waterway navigation system of the Danube as an important aspect of the development of transport infrastructure in the region covered by the project. The recently published new Széchenyi Plan, for example, outlines the need to better integrate the Hungarian part of the river Danube into the whole waterway system and at the same time to significantly improve its current state. The growing importance of inland waterway transport in Hungary is underlined by the concrete objective of the Plan to achieve a 10 percent share of inland waterway goods transport by 2030. Thus, the development of modern ports and of an adequate infrastructure and transport network, including intermodal and multifunctional logistic centres, are to serve as a basis to achieve this objective.


The industrial harbour of Dunaújváros, having one of the highest trade flows in Hungary, can decreasingly meet today's requirements due to the inefficient, unexploited use of outdated ports facilities, missing infrastructure and an underdeveloped logistical network, which results in the city's - and the surrounding region's - competitiveness suffering. The city's excellent geographic location (intersection of three European corridors), the logistical demands of the old and newly settled enterprises and the infrastructural developments of the last few years give reason for the significant improvement of the logistics function of the town and the whole region.

ISD Dunaferr is actively cooperating with the Municipality of Dunaújváros regarding the development of the port. It is therefore crucial for ISD Dunaferr to follow the project's strategic development process and to provide technical advice to the Lead Partner and the partnership.

We can't do without proper harbours

Koppány Ajtony Bíró, general secretary of the Hungarian Association of Logistics Service Centers shares with us his view about the changes necessary for reaching the harbours' optimal operation and informs us about some specifics within the development.

What factors are obstructing the development of domestic inland waterway transport?

The main obstructing factor currently is the underdeveloped infrastructure. Waterways are unreliable, mainly because the long-term low-water periods, when ships can only run with depth limits. Danube ports are out-of-date with low quality infrastructure at their disposal. Upgrade is necessary. There is no inland transport development without properly operating harbours. Development is currently blocked by the long distances between the suppliers and the closest ports. Another great shortage is the lack of container transshipment. Lack of information is another important factor. We have insufficient information about the current navigation situation, and there is need for reliable, medium and long-term tide-forecast systems. At the present actual water-level readings can be published with a 24 hour delay. The fleet structure also needs improvement. We need shallow-dive pushers and we need to improve the level of information stream and we need to introduce regular maintenance checkups.


What kind of works are being done within the development of the Győr-Gönyű public port?

The project's name is "Increasing the intermodal shift capacity by improving technology at Győr-Gőnyű Harbour Plc." The goal of the development is the improvement of intermodal traffic, the increase of shift. During the project several, new big capacity, state-of-the-art technologies are being installed. We are improving on cost-efficient and environmentally friendly, indirect and closed-system technologies. Also, increasing loading capacity while securing high quality logistic services. Amongst the completed, concrete results we can mention a FUCHS MHL 360D rubber-tire loader, a LIEBHERR TL 435-10 telescopic loader and a mobile transshipment device.

Developments for joint prosperity

George Petcu, General Manager of Maritime Danube Ports Administration talks about which factors enabled Galati to play an important role within the DaHar project, and about the expected results of the development.

  • How big are the roles of cities like Galati in the project?

From the main goal of the project - a better integration of small and medium size inland ports in the trans-european transport network - as a starting point in this discussion, the subject will be approached from the perspective. Exclusively with reference to "cities like Galati" it is necessary to define the main features that make the difference. Located on the maritime sector of the Danube, Port of Galati can operate both, maritime and inland vessels. Road and rail connection including wide and standard gauge inside port areas, only 10 km distance to Republic of Moldova border, wide open spaces, warehouses and 36 operational berths give it the status of the most important inland port along the Romanian sector of the Danube.

At macroregional level and according to TEN-T criteria Port of Galati have been included into comprehensive trans-European network of inland waterways and railways and as connection point with Black Sea Basin area, as the latest revised maps has been published.

Starting from the port area, many other valuable opportunities as the Free Zone area, MITTAL STEEL Plant, DAMEN Shipyard, Industrial Park are all entitle Galati town to play an important role in DaHar project.


  • What are the expected outcomes of the project regarding city development?

Ports can be promoters of economic development of cities and more than that, depending of is strategic importance and level of integration into logistic networks.

This leads to the conclusion that the development of port activity leads to the development of the cooperation, leads to limitation in the development. While hinterland connections are vital for port development, increasing flows of goods and passengers will ensure economic development for local communities.

Based on State of the Art studies the masterplan will give a port development concept for each involved ports to enable better integration into logistic chains.

The strategies and action plans to be developed within the project will be the project outcomes that will support decision makers to develop cities from economic and social point of view. Common actions, port and municipality together, will ensure a win-win cooperation. All actions should take into account sustainable solutions by increasing efficiency of existing facilities use in order to avoid, as much as possible, expanding into the natural environment.


Did you know...?

  • Danube runs trough 10 countries and 4 capital cities.
  • With its 2860 km length, Danube is the world's 30th, Europe's 2nd longest river, surpassed only by Volga.
  • It originates from Germany, the Black Forest at 1078 km hight.
  • Danube connects the Black Sea area with Western-Europe's economic centers.
  • Danube was an important transportation route before the rise of the Roman Empire.
  • Local Danube shipping companies were founded as early as the 12th century.
  • The first Danube steamboat, the ‘Carolina' was built by Antal Bernhard, Pécs citizen in 1817.
  • The first commercial steamer enterprise was founded by John Andrews and Josepj Prichard.
  • In 1833 István Széchenyi was appointed to royal commissioner of regulation of the Lower-Danube.
  • The first engine cruisers, water buses were produced in the Vác shipyard in 1956.
  • Duna contains 21 islands.
  • Since 1991 Danube-delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.