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Logistics for Europe's Rivers

Supporting EU Strategy for the Danube Region: New FP 7 – project “NEWS” launched

So sollen die neuen Donauschiffe aussehen - optimal bepackt mit Containern

So sollen die neuen Donauschiffe aussehen - optimal bepackt mit Containern

So sollen die neuen Donauschiffe aussehen - optimal bepackt mit Containern

So sollen die neuen Donauschiffe aussehen - optimal bepackt mit Containern

Some European inland waterways are presently utilized way below their theoretical carrying capacity. Inland waterway transport is more and more losing its significance, especially in Central Europe: Cargo transported on the Danube is only 10-20% of that transported on the Rhine. Supporting the EU Strategy for the Danube Region’s target "To improve mobility and intermodality of inland waterways", NEWS (Development of a Next generation European Inland Waterway Ship and logistics system) main objective is to increase transport flows on inland waterways (especially container transport on the Danube) by developing a Next generation European Inland Waterway Ship and logistics system to make IWT more cost-, time- and ecologically efficient. Customers will be convinced to invest into NEWS with the help of a preliminary approval, logistics concept, port preparation, a finance and business plan and the demonstration of usability and performance.

NEWS combines technical and logistical innovations to assist cross-border European challenges for an optimized inland waterway transport and the integration of waterborne transport into the intermodal logistics chain. Its most decisive innovative features are:

  • An increase of transport efficiency (up to +100% TEU) by re-designing a container-specified hull
  • A patented central ballast tank enabling the ship to vary draught and air draught might increase the days of navigability 
  • An increase of resource efficiency (up to 30%) by installing an adjustable LNG-electric energy- and propulsion system
  • A special-designed logistics system for the respective demands of the targeted markets
  • New river ports infrastructure concepts
  • The possibility to adapt NEWS for UN-classes III and IV to make secondary waterways in Europe accessible for effective container transport

NEWS is coordinated by Vienna University of Technology (Austria). The international and well-balanced consortium consists of four universities and research institutes, five SMEs and one enterprise from five different EU Member States and associated countries:

  • Ziviltechnikerkanzlei DI Anzböck / Austria
  • First-DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH / Austria
  • Regional Development Agency of the West Region Romania / Romania
  • Lindenau Maritime Engineering and Projecting / Germany
  • University of Duisburg Essen, Department of Economic Geography, esp. Traffic and Transport Logistics / Germany
  • TU Dortmund University, Institute of Transport Logistics / Germany
  • University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences / Serbia
  • Intermodal Concepts & Management AG / Switzerland
  • Projektkompetenz.eu / Austria

The project started in March 2013 and will end in August 2015. If you are interested in further information and/or current results, please contact www.news-fp7.eu. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme under the agreement SCP2-GA-2012-314005.


Project Website

Further information:
Dr. Sandra Stein
Institute of Management Science
Vienna University of Technology
Theresianumgasse 27, 1040 Vienna
T: 0043-676-88861627
sandra.stein@tuwien.ac.at