Inwapo „Upgrading of Inland Waterways and Sea Ports“
The port of Vienna was a partner in the EU project INWAPO „Upgrading of Inland Waterways and Sea Ports“ which concerned itself with the strengthening of inland waterways and harbours.
Lead partner was the Harbour of Venice, other partners included viaDonau, the harbours in Budapest, Bratislava, Kopa and Triest as well as ministries and development agencies from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.
The resulting studies, research and surveys etc, are the basis for further discussions and pilot projects for the upturn in the use of waterways.
Results from the baseline study for INWAPO are the potential analysis for water bound goods and a market analysis for Austria.
An investigation of new connections on the Danube between Vienna and Budapest together with assets and a needs analysis for the Harbour Freudenau was carried out by identifying ‘good practices’ and ‘standards’ for intermodal facilities. Renowned representatives from Brussels, Vienna and the international business world were present at the ‘River dating’ event under the Inwapo framework.
A new forklift in the transshipment area was financed through small scale investment.
Until the end of 2016, the port of Vienna now offers current shipping forecasts and loading offers on its homepage. This is done using PortScout in cooperation with bargelink.com.
The RIS Pilot projects, in close association with viaDonau, are also an enrichment for the port of Vienna. This electronic docking and disembarking service has been used since the summer of 2014.
RIS supports docking service
A pilot project was developed together with ViaDonau where RIS (River Information Service) should bring services for both the Harbour Vienna, shipping owners and customers.
Since the 1st of April 2014, the harbour master has been informed automatically via email about the docking and disembarkation times of ships in the harbour.
In addition to the safety aspects, this service brings additional possibilities regarding the calculation of harbour fees for the actual docking time. This is especially useful at weekends.
Port Scout – Pilot project neutral internet platform
The Harbour Vienna is now offering shipping forecasts and docking offers in cooperation with Bargelink.com.
The information can be filtered according to region.
Bargelink.com can be contacted free of charge for information about a vessel or docking.
This neutral internet platform should enable the bundling of loads for transshipment companies, forwarders, shipping companies, shipping brokers, vessel owners, industry and the harbours, and also strengthen the awareness of inland shipping.
The port of Vienna can offer the following services on its website until the end of 2016:
on BargeScout (loading offer):
Date (zu Laden ab)
Type of goods (cargo)
Amount (Tonnage) of the cargo offered
Transport relationship (from - to)
on FrachtScout (shipping forecast):
Ready for use (region)
Ready for use from
FFG- Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (Austrian Research Subsidy Co.)
The port of Vienna has newly organized goods mobility within the framework of the FFG initiative „Mobility in the Future“: „Alternative developments in vehicle technology.” Three submissions as project partner were made; two of them have been approved.
PROJEKT IMPALA – Intermodal nodal point as urban logistics centre
The target of the feasibility project IMPALA is to establish the suitability of electric powered delivery vehicles at an intermodal transshipment point such as an inland harbour or train terminal.
IMPALA serves as the preparation of a concrete F&E project which will investigate the organizational and technological innovations necessary to carry out such a project.
The target of such a logistics centre is the bundling of transports, increasing the efficiency of goods distribution, guaranteeing the provision of services for all inhabitants of the urban area.
The use of alternative powered vehicles for urban transport can also lead to a large reduction in emissions.
IMPALA addresses an important current challenge in urban goods transport according to the ‘white paper’ on traffic. It makes a considerable contribution to environmental targets of CO2 free urban delivery.
Commissioned by: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Project partners: Wiener Hafen, GmbH & Co KG
TINA International GmbH
PROJECT Optihubs – Optimization of logistics processes at a multi-modal node for the water goods segment using the example of the Harbour Vienna
Using the example of the port of Vienna, a standard optimization system has been developed for multi-modal nodes with innovative simulations algorithms. Its target is to connect logistic, business and administrative processes and frameworks. In addition, the potential for future goods segments for inland shipping is analyzed to encourage the highest penetration of ‘clean’ modes of transport.
Commissioned by: Technische Universität Wien, Department für Raumplanung, Fachbereich Verkehrssystemplanung (Technical University Vienna, Dept. Of Urban and Regional Planning, Traffic systems Planning)
Project partners: Fachhochschule des BFI Wien GesmbH
nast consulting ZT GmbH
TINA International GesmbH
Wiener Hafen GmbH & Co KG