Over 50 committed representatives of the DAPhNE Project partner organisations, along with representatives of relevant public and private stakeholders of the Danube port and waterborne transport community came together on 10 April 2019 in Vienna to celebrate the official launch of the Danube Ports Network (DPN).

The event took place in the context of the Danube Ports Policy Day (2nd edition) and provided a more formal opportunity to validate the key tenets of the DPN’s vision, mission and values and further strengthen the commitment of its strategic partners. Indeed, eight out of thirteen partner port organisations currently involved in the DAPhNE Project, made a tangible commitment to continue working with and for the DPN -- beyond its pilot action phase (June 2018 - June 2019). Their commitment has been formally expressed and recorded by the signature of the Danube Ports Network Letter of Commitment (LoC).

The following key strategic partners have signed the LoC and thus formalised their commitment to the DPN, namely : the Hungarian Federation of the Danube Ports (Hungary) - represented by Capt. Béla SZALMA, President, Ennshafen OÖ GmbH (Austria) - represented by Werner AUER, General Manager, Rhenus Donauhafen Krems GmbH &Co. KG (Austria) - represented by Gerhard GUSSMAGG, Managing Director, the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (Bulgaria) - represented by Anguel ZABURTOV, Director General, the ICS Danube Logistics SRL/Giurgiulesti International Free Port (Moldova) - represented by Thomas MOSER, Director Business Development, the Port of Vukovar Authority (Croatia) - represented by Alen JAKUMETOVIC, Managing Director, the Public Ports Slovakia Jsc. (Slovakia), represented by Gabriel SZEKERES, CEO and Ing. Josef BODI, Director investment directorate, and Port Governance Agency (Serbia), represented by Vuk PEROVIC, Acting Director.

With the DPN strategic partnership formalised, we have reached another key milestone in the DPN's organisational life. Along with the operationalisation of the DPN Governance structure i.e. the formation of its 1st Advisory Group and the setting-up of the DPN Technical Secretariat -- we have taken concrete steps contributing DPN institutional consolidation and growth. All these aspects, along with an overview of key initiatives and activities of the DPN, and other specific thematic topics were further dicussed during the official launch event of the DPN.

For more information on the structure of the event and the specific topics discussed, please consult our Events section.



On 11 April 2019, Danube Ports Network organised in Vienna, its first thematic event dedicated to port digitalisation. Under the title “Danube ports in the digital age: challenges & opportunities”, this one-day conference is a step forward in our collective endeavour towards overcoming digital inertia, building confidence and know-how in the Danube Region port community.

The event gathered together relevant public and private stakeholders of the Danube Region port and waterborne (maritime and river) transport community. Around 60 participants representing relevant Danube Region port authorities and port administrations i.e. sea and river ports, port associations, shippers, logistics companies, as well as transport regulators and policy makers at national level have gathered to explore and discuss opportunities and challenges related to port digitalisation, relevant digital trends & technologies enhancing port efficiency and connectivity.

An important aim of this event was to provide a platform for senior port executives in the Danube Region to discuss key concepts and ways forward for their port organisations’ digitalisation journeys. Furthermore, the participants have benefited from a workshop run by the Port of Rotterdam discussing concrete steps on How to bring the Danube Region’s ports into the next digital maturity level”.

For more information on the structure of the event and the specific topics discussed, please consult our Events section.

6 February 2019, Enns - Danube Ports Network announces the formation of its First Advisory Group and the election of its Chair, Captain Béla Szalma, President of the Hungarian Federation of the Danube Ports (HFIP), effective today.

Danube Ports Network (DPN) announced today that it has formed an Advisory Group (AdG) to assist in further building and consolidating the capacity and identity of the Network, implementing the DPN’s current plans, as well as identifying means to capitalize on future growth opportunities. In addition, the AdG shall contribute to achieving a more dynamic, sustainable, state-of-the art network of ports in the Danube Region with a stronger and more coordinated voice at regional and EU level.

With the election of Captain Béla Szalma as Chairman, the DPN’s Advisory Group consists of 6 members, including Werner Auer, Managing Director Ennshafen, Anguel Zabourtov, Director General of the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.), Gerhard Gussmagg, Managing Director Rhenus Logistics, Rhenus Donauhafen Krems, and Thomas Moser, General Director Danube Logistics SRL general investor and operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP). The National Company Maritime Ports Administration Constanta S.A. shall also be represented in the DPN Advisory Group.

The Advisory Group members bring a rich and useful skill set and professional experience to the DPN in its early stage of organisational development in the following areas: international business operations and shipping, port business development, strategy, financing and market analysis, and public ports governance and administration (see the attached professional biographies of the DPN AdG Members).

The Advisory Group is the decision-making body of the DPN. It is responsible for the strategic management of the network and offers overall direction and guidance. It takes decisions on the scope of work of the network (annual work program) based on proposals of the Technical Secretariat. Its structure is informal. There are no formal legal responsibilities or fiduciary duties to the DPN partners. The DPN Partner Forum is chaired by the elected chairman of the Advisory Group.