Project Objectives

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The following were among the main goals defined for NEWADA duo:

  • Improved waterway management (integrated, sustainable and regionally coordinated)
  • Enhanced waterway maintenance (improved and coordinated performance)
  • Improved customer orientation of waterway related services
  • Harmonized waterway infrastructure related basic data (defined quality, scope and availability of data)
  • Enhanced usage of Information and Communication Technologies (harmonized and up-to-date fairway information)
  • Increased visibility of waterway authorities
  • Provide transition support from pilot implementation to regular operation
  • Enable countries to tackle national priorities by involving partners

The Danube River

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What is a waterway administration?

Waterway administrations are tasked with maintaining and improving the Danube waterway for inland navigation, to deploy and harmonize services in the inland navigation sector and at the same time to preserve and protect the Danube as natural river habitat. Waterway administrations have to act within this complex constellation of interests. The Project NEWADA duo supports the waterway administrations in achieving a common level of services for the Danube waterway and its tributaries.

What is inland navigation?

Inland navigation is transport with ships via inland waterways (canals, rivers, lakes etc.) between inland ports or quays and wharfs. This important transport mode can only be competitive and offer environmentally friendly and cost-efficient transport solutions if it is based on an efficient and modern infrastructure.

Waterway Administration and Inland Navigation

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Waterway authorities have to act within the scope of several framework conditions. Their overall objective is to maintain and improve the Danube waterway for inland navigation, to deploy and harmonize ICT services in the inland navigation sector and at the same time to preserve and protect the Danube as natural river habitat.
The Danube is the most international river of the world and the second longest river in Europe. On its navigable length of 2,411 km the Danube passes ten countries, which share a common border of about 1,070 km. The Danube originates in the Black Forest of Germany and empties into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine. In 2011, 43 Million tons of goods were transported on the Danube.

NEWADA duo Facts


  • Project: Network of Danube Waterway Administrations – data and user orientation
  • Acronym: NEWADA duo
  • Type: co-funded under the EU SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme
  • Sector: inland waterway transport
  • Lead partner: via donau – Austrian waterway company
  • Duration: 10/2012 – 12/2014
  • Partners: 9 Institutions from 7 Danube countries
  • Budget: 2.2 Mio. EURO
  • Funding rate: 85%

Five good reasons to use inland navigation

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Cost-efficient transportation mode

Inland shipping has the lowest external costs of all modalities. Transport prices per ton for Inland navigation are 25% lower than rail and 80% lower than by truck.

Free capacities and opened 24/7

The Danube offers free capacities; and sets no time restrictions. On the Danube there are no driving bans whether weekends or at night.

Relieves rail and road infrastructure

Around 43 million tons of goods are transported annually on the Danube waterway – without noise and congestion.

Environmentally friendly & safe

Using the same amount of fuel a ship can transport one ton of goods over 370 km – while a truck can transport the same amount of goods over 100 km. Danube Navigation cuts fuel consumption by 70% and the CO2-emissions by 70% as well.

Low infrastructure costs

The Danube offers inland waterway transport a natural transport route with low infrastructure costs and no additional land use. The infrastructure costs in road transport are double of those of IWT and six times higher in rail transport.