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Priority 2 – Efficient and sustainable transport systems and access to the information society

Measure 2.1 – Developing efficient transport systems with regard to sustainable development

In order to achieve these goals following objectives have been defined:
· Collection of up-to-date basic waterway related data · Development and implementation of a common transnational data warehouse for waterway related data
· Direct conversion of Inland ENCs according to the Inland ECDIS standard out of the data warehouse· Installation of IALA beacons along the Danube
· Integration of additional countries along the Danube (Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria and Romania) as soon as participation rules/co-financing rules will allow.
· Intensive information about these developments to experts in inland navigation

Date of project start 09.2002
Date of project finalisation 02.2006
Months 42 months

PROJECT COST (in euro)
ERDF funding 938.550
National co-financing (EU) 938.550
Other EU funding (PHARE, CARDS, etc) -
National co-financing (Non EU) -
Private funding -
TOTAL 1.877.100

Due to the expected increase of the amount of transport of goods through the enlargement of the European Union to Eastern Europe sustainable transport systems like inland navigation are of utmost importance for the promotion of environmentally friendly and socially acceptable means of transport. In addition inland navigation can be regarded as a main mean of transport for spatial and regional development. As a result the modernisation and intensification of inland navigation must be a major goal of national and international policies.Therefore the Rhine and Danube States have recognised the importance of River Information Services (RIS). At the Pan-European Conferences for Inland Navigation held in September 2001 in Rotterdam they decided to implement waterway information systems based on the standards of the European Union, the UN/ECE and the two River Commissions – Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine and Danube Commission.The White Paper: European Transport policy for 2010: time to decide emphasises that “this mode of transport needs to be made more reliable, efficient and accessible by installing highly efficient navigational aid and communication systems on the inland waterway network”. Concurrently, the EU is demanding the completion of the development of inland waterways, intermodal transport and the corresponding connections.In the past years, the expression “River Information Services” has established itself in several research and development projects of the European Union as a term that describes all kinds of information services for inland navigation. RIS means a concept for harmonised information services to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including interfaces to other transport modes. RIS aim at contributing to a save and efficient transport process and they aim to utilise the inland waterways to their fullest extent. In a more practical sense, RIS is the generic term for all individual information services to support inland navigation in a harmonised way.According to international papers the Inland ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) standard for the development of waterway navigation maps as well as the differential signal for satellite based positioning signals according to the IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities) standard are regarded as basis for such River Information Services. Therefore the implementation and development of these techniques in the run of the proposed project is of utmost importance for the later on implementation of RIS. The project will close gaps in the development work of RIS and enlarge the scope of services of inland navigation.Inland ECDIS is a Europe-wide standard for developing inland navigation maps. This standard has been developed for maritime need and adopted to the needs of inland navigation. It was later on passed and published by the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) and recommended by the Danube Commission and the UN-ECE.GPS receivers are used in order to get correct position information via satellite positioning system. Basis for these signals is the IALA standard. This system goes along with international developments as the maritime US borders as well as wide areas of Europe (most of all the area along the Rhine) are already covered by such a system. Parallelly to the implementation of IALA beacons and ECIDS maps the major goal of the project is to define a concept for a common data including Danube waterway related data. As a result the waterway directorates of the involved countries are connected directly to each other. By developing common converter software this data warehouse provides in addition a simple and effective possibility to produce Inland ECDIS maps automatically. Furthermore this data warehouse will be able to be used as a fundamental basis for additional purposes such as
· management of waterways along the borderline sections of the River Danube.
· transnational calamity abatement (flood, contamination by toxic products etc.)
· cross-border tourism-information-system (cycle ways, sports- and adventure shipping)
· a standardized mapping of areas of environmental and ecological value.
The project “Data warehouse for Danube waterway – D4D” will ensure a compatible and common way of collecting Danube waterway related data and a common access to such information. As a consequence the transnational co-operation and management in the field of maintenance and further development will get less complicated and much more efficient. In addition it will speed up the implementation of RIS and therefore provide a main step for handling the enormous increase of traffic in an environmentally friendly way.


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