DAPhNE Danube Ports Network

DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network aims to facilitate a balanced development of Danube Ports as eco-friendly, well accessible multimodal hubs for the transport system of the region and to turn them into buzzing economic centres functioning as catalysts for economic growth and creation of high value jobs.

To achieve this goal, a permanent cooperation will be secured between public & private entities along the Danube, each of them bringing in their own specific expertise. These entities are: ministries, port administrations, port users, specialized consultancy firms, logistics companies, NGOs and universities.

The project establishes a well-managed working platform which tackles the most urgent insufficiencies with the help of guidelines, recommendations and concrete pilot activities based on good practices leading into an overall development strategy and action plan for the Danube ports.

The activities aim to improve port legislation, funding of port investments (State Aid Schemes and Public-Private Partnership models), port administration processes, port business strategies as well as port infrastructure & industrial development strategies. Special attention is paid to human capacity building and eco-improvement options for the port sector.

An innovative port IT community system (electronic platform that connects multiple systems operated by a variety of organisations within the port area) will be tested in real-life and new markets for Danube ports will be analysed (business development determined by arising opportunities from circular economy, usage of alternative fuels, transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas, distribution of renewable energy).

The solutions elaborated by the consortium will be shared with more than 60 Danube ports as possible blueprints by building a Danube Port Network, which shall emerge into a Danube Port Network Organisation to ensure durability of the results and their continuous further development.

Danube Ports Network
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2 985 406,15
ERDF Contribution: 2 415 219,42
IPA Contribution: 122 375,77
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner florescu@prodanube.eu Austria
Ennshafen Port ERDF partner k.kainzinger@ennshafen.at Austria
iC consulenten ZT GesmbH ERDF partner s.jovanovic@ic-group.org Austria
Ovidius University of Constanta ERDF partner economics@ovidius-university.net Romania
Ministry of Transport of Romania ERDF partner monica.patrichi@mt.ro Romania
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Project News

  • DAPhNE - Project Compendium
    - 27-06-2019
    Project Compendium

    We proudly announce, that our Project Compendium has been published and is available online here.    

  • DAPhNE - Last milestones achieved: Steering Committee Meeting and Final Event took place in Vienna on 12 June
    - 25-06-2019
    Last milestones achieved: Steering Committee Meeting and Final Event took place in Vienna on 12 June

    After 30 months of intense work, the DAPhNE consortium met for the last time on 12 June 2019 at thinkport Vienna during the DAPhNE Steering Committee Meeting and Project Final Public Event to share the most important success stories achieved...

  • DAPhNE - Port Info Day, Munich, 05.06.2019
    - 18-06-2019
    Port Info Day, Munich, 05.06.2019

    The second edition of the Danube Ports Info Day event was organised by Pro Danube and the Port of Enns together will all DAPhNE project partners on 5 June 2019 in the framework of the Munich Logistics Fair.  The event was hosted by the...

  • DAPhNE - Crown of the project: Strategy & Action Plan for the development of Danube Ports
    - 16-06-2019
    Crown of the project: Strategy & Action Plan for the development of Danube Ports

    Being a “crown” of the entire project, the Danube Port Development Strategy and Action Plan (hereinafter: Strategy), encompassed the inputs from all other work packages and activities through the definition of objectives and measures, as well as...

  • DAPhNE - Upcoming event: Port Info Day in Munich - 05/06/2019
    - 14-05-2019
    Upcoming event: Port Info Day in Munich - 05/06/2019

    Pro Danube and Port of Enns are hosting together the 2nd and last edition of the Port Info Day event foreseen as output 3.3 in the framework of the DAPhNE project (WP6 Port Strategy and Network). The event will take place on the 5th of June...

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