Information on the Danube fairway

River Information Services (RIS) means the harmonised information services to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including, wherever technically feasible, interfaces with other transport modes. RIS do not deal with internal commercial activities between one or more of the involved companies, but are open for interfacing with commercial activities. RIS comprise services such as fairway information, traffic information, traffic management, calamity abatement support, information for transport management, statistics and customs services and waterway charges and port dues.

Danube ports

The following websites help you to find the most suitable port for you. You can get the following information: the total area of the port, water area, water depth, number of terminals, information about the cargo loading. In addition, official information on contact and port approach is available on the websites.

Shipping and forwarding companies

If you want to get more information about shipping companies, you can find them easily and effectively with the use of the query tool in the link below. Enter the type of cargo or the loading port, the country or search by other data.

Information on national/international funding

On the website of the European Inland Barging Innovation Platform a funding database is available which gives you an opportunity to review funding options.

Information on promising markets for Danube logistics

If you would like to get detailed and comprehensive information from the Danube Logistics Market, as well as the latest developments and the results of recent years learn the information provided by the following websites.

Promotion of Danube logistics

You can find the Manual on Danube Navigation in Hungarian at dhk.rsoe.hu website, which provides extensive information through the following main chapters:

  • Danube navigation at a glance
  • Targets and strategies
  • Waterway
  • Ports and terminals
  • Inland vessels
  • River Information Services
  • The market for Danube navigation
  • Multimodal transport

In addition, on dunapromo.hu and dunapromo.myapps.hu websites give you information regarding the promotion of Danube shipping.

Nautical and vessel design

You can use the following website to enhance your knowledge of ship designs and the shipbuilding process.

Basically, inland cargo vessels operating on the river Danube and its navigable tributaries can be divided into three types according to the combination of their propulsion systems and cargo holds:

  • Motor cargo vessels (or self-propelled vessels) are equipped with a motor drive and cargo hold. Motor cargo vessels can be subdivided into dry cargo vessels, motor tankers, container and Ro-Ro vessels (see below under “Main types of vessels according to cargo type”)
  • Pushed convoys consist of a pusher (motorised vessel used for pushing) and one or more non-motorised pushed lighters or pushed barges that are firmly attached to the pushing unit. We talk about a coupled formation or pushed-coupled convoy if a motor cargo vessel is used for propelling the formation or convoy instead of a pusher. A coupled formation consists of one motor cargo vessel with one to two lighters or barges coupled on its sides, whereas a pushed-coupled convoy has one to two lighters or barges coupled to the motor cargo vessel on its sides with additional lighters or barges placed in front of it.
  • Tugs are used to tow non-motorised vessel units, so-called barges (vessels for carriage of goods with a helm for steering). Towed convoys are rarely used on the Danube any more because they are less costeffective than pushed convoys.

Other Information