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OIC VoteIn the dynamic realm of innovation, the MultiRELOAD Open Innovation Challenge has emerged as a catalyst for groundbreaking ideas in the agricultural sector. With the submission phase now concluded, the spotlight turns to the community and expert jury, who play a crucial role in determining the most promising concepts that could revolutionize the transportation of agricultural products on inland waterways.

 

communication 27 PD page 0001 minFascinating Read! Pro Danube's recent article delves into the indispensable role of ports in shaping a resilient, sustainable, and smart logistics network. As pivotal connectors across diverse transportation modes, ports emerge as key facilitators for the smooth movement of cargo in the worldwide distribution of goods.

Beyond their conventional function as transshipment hubs, the article envisions a transformative future for ports. They are set to become epicenters of innovation, taking a bold step towards integrating renewable energy solutions. This forward-looking perspective not only underscores the adaptability of these inland and maritime gateways but also emphasises their potential to drive positive change in the broader context of environmental sustainability. 

A must-read for anyone passionate about the future of ports!

The article is available for download here.

Presentations downloadIn the dynamic world of inland waterway transport and port development, the annual Danube Ports Days event, initiated by Pro Danube in the frame of DAPhNE and further strengthened through DIONYSUS, has become a cornerstone for fostering dialogue, sharing knowledge, and shaping the future of inland ports along the Danube and well beyond.

A Tradition of Excellence
Each edition of the event has become a well-established tradition - an occasion eagerly awaited by professionals, enthusiasts, and experts alike. The series of events focused on a range of themes, including infrastructure enhancement, technological innovation, sustainability, and regulatory frameworks.

Diverse Perspectives, Comprehensive Understanding
By bringing together a diverse array of perspectives, the Danube Ports Days foster a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the ever-evolving landscape of inland waterway transport in general with a special focus on port development issues.

Collaboration in Action
This year's hybrid event, a collaborative effort by Pro Danube, the EU-funded Green Inland Ports StudyMultiRELOADInnovation Action SYNERGETICS projects, and with support from the Danube Ports Network, was a resounding success. The two-day event, held on 23 and 24 November in Vienna, provided a unique platform for participants to explore innovative tools and solutions geared towards achieving green objectives, sharing experiences, addressing common challenges, and staying updated on the latest industry developments. With a specific focus on the European Green Deal, the Danube Ports Days aimed to facilitate collaboration between public and private entities, fostering know-how sharing and feedback collection in pursuit of the ambitious climate targets enshrined in the European Green Deal.

Missed the Event? No Problem
We're delighted to announce that the presentations and recordings from this groundbreaking event are available for download. Dive into the wealth of insights and expertise shared at Danube Ports Days 2023 here.
 

THANK YOU to all contributors, partners, and attendees for making Danube Ports Days a cornerstone in shaping the future of inland waterway transport!

Danube Port Days Event news hero V2 2The Danube Ports Days 2023 event, a collaborative effort by Pro Danube in partnership with the EU-funded Green Inland Ports StudyMultiRELOAD and SYNERGETICS projects, and with support from the Danube Ports Network, has successfully concluded. This groundbreaking event served as the focal point for high-profile representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, international river commissions, port authorities, and various stakeholders in the inland waterway transportation (IWT) sector.

 

The two-day event, held on 23 and 24 November in Vienna, provided a unique platform for participants to explore innovative tools and solutions geared towards achieving green objectives, sharing experiences, addressing common challenges, and staying updated on latest industry developments. With a specific focus on the European Green Deal, the Danube Ports Days aimed to facilitate collaboration between public and private entities, fostering know-how sharing and feedback collection in pursuit of the ambitious climate targets enshrined in the European Green Deal.

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GRIP_logo.jpgThe Green Inland Ports project launches an expression of interest and a warm invitation for European inland ports to engage with us in the pilot phase of this project. Green Inland Ports, commissioned by the European Commission, aims to enable sustainable management and development of inland ports. The objective is the development of a set of Sustainable Management System tools that will help inland ports to achieve their environmental goals. As an inland port participating in the pilot phase, you will cooperate closely with our team to apply these tools, based on your specific needs. Your valuable feedback and best practices will play a pivotal role in shaping the outcomes of the Green Inland Ports project and will contribute to the future European policy agenda for the greening of inland ports. 


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MultiReload Shareable 1In the Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) we are looking for cost-effective solutions that help to „revolutionise“ the existing transport market. The aim is to demonstrate ideas on how multimodal transports of part loads of different products/goods on inland waterways are possible. 

Agricultural products are currently only transported in bulk on inland waterways in quantities of over 1,000 tons. Smaller quantities are transported by rail or – primarily – by truck. We are looking for cost-effective solutions that help to “revolutionize” the existing transport market. The aim is to demonstrate ideas on how multimodal transports of part loads of different goods (bulk goods and general cargo – also palletized) on inland waterways are possible.

Submit now and win! 
The OIC brings innovations that have emerged through the strength of the crowd onto the stage and awards the idea bringers together with the implementing companies. As an idea provider, do you have the initial spark for sustainable change in inland waterway transportation?

WHY is it good to be part of it:

  • As a winner, you’ll be at the center of the intermodal port scene: the OIC is your ticket to networking with key players such as the Port of Vienna and Port of Duisburg and to PR activities. There is a chance to implement the idea with the partners of the project.
  • The MultiRELOAD OIC increases the visibility of your project in the whole D-A-CH area.
  • The best ideas will be awarded, there will be prizes for the winners.

HOW to submit your ideas 

  • REGISTER
  • Choose "MultiRELOAD - Agricultural Products on Inland Waterways" and hit SUBMIT.
  • Deadline: submitted ideas are accepted until 7 December 2023.

More details are available here.

The Open Innovation Challenge is carried out within MultiRELOAD. MultiRELOAD is an European cooperation for the development of innovative inland port solutions for efficient, effective and sustainable multimodality. It enhances the collaboration between different freight nodes in Europe to jointly test innovations and create favourable market conditions for multimodal freight transport solutions. To this end, MultiRELOAD will demonstrate solutions in three Innovation Areas with specific aims by 2025, mirroring the measures of the EU’s Smart Mobility Strategy

Danube Port Days Event news hero V2 2There are limited on-site spots available, with just 20 places left. We cordially invite you to seize this opportunity for in-person participation, allowing you to engage with experts, industry professionals, and fellow enthusiasts to explore the future dynamics of Danube Ports.

For those preferring the flexibility of virtual engagement, the event is also accessible online, without any limitations on participation. You can engage in insightful discussions, irrespective of your location.

To register and secure your spot, please visit the registration link below. 

Initiated by DAPhNE and successfully continued on a yearly basis by DIONYSUS, the Danube Ports Days have become a must-attend event on the agenda of the IWT community in the Danube Region and well beyond, providing a transnational platform to discuss, by bringing together decision-makers, experts and the IWT sector, key aspects related to port development issues. This year's event is organised by Pro Danube in cooperation with the Green Inland Ports, MultiRELOAD, and Synergetics projects with the support of the Danube Ports Network.
The agenda is available for download here

When: 23-24 November 2023
Where: thinkport VIENNA & online  

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Danube Port Days Event news hero V2 2Initiated by DAPhNE and successfully continued on a yearly basis by DIONYSUS, the Danube Ports Days have become a must-attend event on the agenda of the IWT community in the Danube Region and well beyond, providing a transnational platform to discuss, by bringing together decision-makers, experts and the IWT sector, key aspects related to port development issues. This year's event is organised by Pro Danube in cooperation with the Green Inland PortsMultiRELOAD, and SYNERGETICS projects and with the support of the Danube Ports Network.

The preliminary agenda is available for download here.


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video7.jpgThe 23rd of November marked the closing event of a successful transnational partnership co-initiated by Pro Danube for the benefit of the Danube ports community - the DIONYSUS project. Supported by the Danube Ports Network, Pro Danube has successfully coordinated numerous knowledge-transfer & creation as well as capitalisation activities, facilitating synergies with EU transport policy initiatives and other port development-related projects.

Developed by Pro Danube, a video, highlighting the project's main achievements and its enduring impact on the well-being of Danube ports, was officially launched in the frame of the final event. Check it out by clicking on the image above.

The video can be accessed here.


Handbook_Edition_2022.jpgTwo editions of the Danube Ports Handbook were elaborated and published in the frame of DIONYSUS with the support of the Danube Ports Network. The first edition was published in December 2021, whereas the second edition was finalized and published in October 2022.

The Danube Ports Handbook is based on the results of 2 surveys that were carried out among the ports of the Danube Region to collect information on port traffic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic covering the years 2019, 2020, and 2021. While Danube shipping is closely correlated with developments in the regional and global economy, the average number of port calls as well as the number of handled products and traffic passenger transport generated useful insights into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Danube navigation. The survey furthermore touched upon topics linked to procedural restrictions that may have impaired a smooth transport flow.

15 ports participated in the survey and are portrayed in the Danube Ports Handbook.

Both editions of the Danube Ports Handbook are available for download here.  

 

Screenshot 121Continuing the well-established practice initiated by the DAPhNE project, the 2022 edition of the Danube Ports Day event was successfully organised in the frame of the DIONYSUS project by Pro Danube Management (PDM) and the Maritime Ports Administration Constanța (MPAC) with the support of the Danube Ports Network (DPN). By bringing together numerous experts from the Danube Region and beyond, the event set the scene to discuss hot topics related to i) the Ukrainian goods exported from Danube ports and the new logistics chains, ii) transport of goods on the Lower Danube – reflecting on infrastructure conditions, opportunities, and challenges, iii) digitalization trends and intermodal logistics in the Danube Region.

Keynote interventions were delivered by Mrs. Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and Mr. Alain Baron, Adviser to the Rhine-Danube Corridor Coordinator. Both interventions highlighted that despite the challenges caused both by the conflict in Ukraine as well as by the immediate consequences of climate change – ports must maintain their forefront role in the international distribution of goods.

Two interactive sessions – on intermodality and logistic chains moderated by the Danube Commission as well as on digitalisation in the Danube Region moderated by Pro Danube Management – brought together experts and stakeholders to discuss these vital aspects of Danube transportation. While the first session aimed at identifying adequate solutions to the most common hurdles that still need to be overcome – both in terms of proper fairway maintenance as well as considering the difficulties caused by the conflict in Ukraine, the second session, on digitalisation, discussed the future of IWT in the digital age, providing concrete examples of good practices from Western, Central and Eastern Europe. It was concluded that proper navigability conditions need to be adequately ensured and maintained continuously in order to enable the functioning of reliable logistic services, whereas digitalisation is an indispensable prerequisite for the implementation of the ambitious climate goals enshrined in the European Green Deal. 

We would like to use this opportunity to thank our speakers for sharing insights into their various fields of activities and, at the same time, to kindly invite you to make use of the Smart Port Barometer.

The presentations are available for download here:

Interactive session on intermodality & logistics chains

Mr. Djordje Krkljus_COMVEX_Keeping Ukrainian goods moving - Danube and the new logistic chains

Mr. Romeo Soare_AFDJ Romania_Navigability conditions, opportunities and challenges on the Lower Danube

Mr. Herfried Leitner_TTS_Keeping Upper and Middle Danube goods moving - consequences of the crisis (Ukraine and low water levels)

Session on digitalisation in the Danube Region

Mr. Werner Auer_Ennshafen Port_Danube Port Digitization - Strategy & Action Plan

Mr. Gergely Mező_RSOE_Integrated Port Information System in Hungary - KIR

Capt. Abhishek Nair_PortXchange_Port digitalisation in Rotterdam and connected ports

Dr. Valentin Cârlan_University of Antwerp_Synchro-modal logistics supported by digitalisation

Mr. Mihai Niculescu_ITS Romania_Initiatives and developments for linking multi-modal voyage planning services for passenger transport in the Danube Region

 

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