Inland Ports meet in Vien­na to talk about TEN‑T and deve­lo­p­ment in the Danu­be Region

On 28 April 2023, EFIP members gathered in Vienna (Austria) for their annual General Assembly meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Port of Vienna (Hafen Wien). The focus of the event was the ongoing Trans-European Network – Transport (TEN-T) revision currently ongoing.

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For inland ports the Trans Euro­pean Net­work for Trans­port (TEN‑T) is foun­da­tio­nal in rea­li­sing the Euro­pean Green Deal goals. Key ques­ti­ons rai­sed during the open ses­si­on included the empha­sis on mul­ti­mo­dal trans­port, the inte­gra­ti­on of the rail freight cor­ri­dors, the new Good Navi­ga­ti­on Sta­tus (GNS) and the increased focus on cli­ma­te resi­li­ence. The­se requi­re­ments are essen­ti­al in ensu­ring the strength and suc­cess of Euro­pean logi­stics in the future.

During the expert panel dis­cus­sion on “TEN‑T and Danu­be inland ports”, with Ms Moni­ka Gindl-Muzik, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Wien­Cont, Mr Robert Rafa­el, Secre­ta­ry Gene­ral of Pro Danu­be Inter­na­tio­nal and Gene­ral Mana­ger of Pro Danu­be Manage­ment GmbH out­lined the deve­lo­p­ment and chal­lenges of mul­ti­mo­dal trans­port in the Danu­be region.

This was fol­lo­wed by a speech and Q&A with MEP Bar­ba­ra Tha­ler, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Co-Rapporteur on TEN‑T Gui­de­lines. MEP Tha­ler reac­ted that “TEN‑T after this revi­si­on will be the foun­da­ti­on on which Euro­pe will rea­li­se its modal shift. Growth of rail and inland ship­ping forms the first step in rea­li­sing this. Inland ports in the Danu­be regi­on are ide­al­ly loca­ted to help rea­li­se this objective.”

Fried­rich Lehr, Com­mer­cial Direc­tor of the Port of Vien­na and EFIP Vice Pre­si­dent, sees a lot of need for action: „The sta­tus of inland navi­ga­ti­on must be rai­sed through sub­si­dies and sup­port mea­su­res. What is urgen­tly nee­ded are con­sis­t­ent­ly sta­ble fair­way con­di­ti­ons for inland navi­ga­ti­on. In addi­ti­on, some inland ports on the lower Danu­be still need to be moder­nis­ed. In the recent past, I see the dan­ger that more pro­vi­ders in inland navi­ga­ti­on will dis­ap­pear from the sce­ne. The mar­gins in this sec­tor are too low for com­pa­nies to moder­ni­se their fleets on a lar­ge sca­le. In addi­ti­on, the­re are the risks cau­sed by the incre­asing­ly fre­quent low-water pha­ses.“ For Fried­rich Lehr, the­re are only two modes of trans­port that come into ques­ti­on for miti­ga­ting cli­ma­te chan­ge: rail and – the one with per­haps even grea­ter poten­ti­al – inland navigation.

Gene­ral Assem­bly mem­bers had then the chan­ce to visit the Port of Vienna.

Mar­kie­zaat Con­tai­ner Ter­mi­nal op Zoom joins EFIP

During the Gene­ral Assem­bly, EFIP mem­bers also wel­co­med a new mem­ber, the Mar­kie­zaat Con­tai­ner Ter­mi­nal in Ber­gen op Zoom. The Mar­kie­zaat Ter­mi­naal is an inland ter­mi­nal loca­ted bet­ween Ant­werp and Rot­ter­dam and intends to fur­ther expand to sup­port the growth of the Scheldt-Rhine net­work. The ter­mi­nal aims to expand its coope­ra­ti­on in the sec­tor across Europe.

Antoine Ber­bain, Pre­si­dent of EFIP, said: “We wel­co­me the addi­ti­on of the Mar­kie­zaat Ter­mi­nal to the EFIP net­work. It allows us to expand our own under­stan­ding of our col­le­agues and impro­ve cooperation”


Euro­pean Fede­ra­ti­on of Inland Ports (EFIP)


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