Green Shipping Innovation Network
The LEC SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING TECHNOLOGIES FORUM aims to network relevant actors in the shipping sector for an emission-free future. Become part of it and get in touch with us.
The LEC SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING TECHNOLOGIES FORUM aims to network relevant actors in the shipping sector for an emission-free future. Become part of it and get in touch with us.
ACstyria as Austria’s leading mobility cluster brings together and promotes the following sectors: automotive, rail systems and aerospace. As a public-private partnership, ACstyria connects Styrian players operating in trade and industry, science and the public sector. The objectives of ACstyria consist in strengthening and supporting ACstyria’s partners and stakeholders – companies, research institutions and public-sector organizations – which form Styrian mobility industry together. As ACstyria is a company-driven cluster, ACstyria’s direction and alignment are defined by the central issues and challenges of ACstyria’s partner companies. Thus projects and actions are oriented towards creating value for the companies.
The use of renewable fuels has grown rapidly since the early 2000s as markets have matured, driven in part by political targets and incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, demand has stagnated as consumers have questioned the sustainability of conventional biofuels.
Experts have questioned the overall sustainability of first generation biofuels, including their impact on land use patterns and food prices, and their carbon emissions across the production value chain. In response, a new generation of renewable transport fuels is emerging, but numerous barriers remain in place to their uptake.
The ADVANCEFUEL project brings together eight partners from seven different countries, including prominent research centres and universities. It aims to facilitate the commercialisation of advanced renewable transport fuels to contribute to the achievement of the EU’s renewable energy targets, and reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector to 2030 and beyond.
ADVANCEFUEL will look into renewable fuels produced from lignocellulosic feedstocks, renewable hydrogen and CO2 streams, and provide market stakeholders with new knowledge, tools, standards and recommendations to help remove barriers to their uptake.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N.º764799.
Start date: September, 2017
Duration: 36 months
AIRCOAT technology is aiming to reduce energy consumption and ship emissions, as defined by the EU Green Deal looking to reduce gas emission for the ship industry by 40% by 2030. The air barrier created by the AIRCOAT foil further limits the attachment of fouling and consequent invasive species translocation. It will also avoid the release of biocide substances of underlying coatings to the water and mitigate the radiation of ship noise, something that has detrimental effects on marine life such as cetaceans. The project will help to understand and validate environmentally friendly initiatives within the maritime industry, paving the way for further marine research initiatives that reduce our footprint in the oceans.
The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°764553.
Start date: April, 2018
Duration: 42 months
AquaBioTech Group is an international consulting company strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean on the island of Malta, although operating globally with clients and projects in over fifty-five countries. AquaBioTech Group undertakes a variety of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic environmental projects through its regional offices and selected partners throughout the world. The vast majority of the company’s work is related to the marine or aquatic environment, encompassing aquaculture developments, market research / intelligence, through to project feasibility assessments, finance acquisition, project management, technology sourcing and technical support and training.
Many thanks to AVL for the support for the year 2022!
AVL List GmbH (“AVL”) with its headquarters in Graz, is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and in other sectors. Drawing on its pioneering spirit, the company provides concepts, solutions and methodologies for a greener, safer and better world of mobility.
Launched in 2019 as part of the BMBF program WIR!-Change through Innovation in the Region, the CAMPFIRE partner alliance develops new technologies for green ammonia as carbon-free fuel and energy storage. Key technologies are reactors and plants for decentralised ammonia farming, bunkering and refueling infrastructure as well as ammonia crackers for hybridisation with internal combustion engines for marine transport and stationary power generation. New concepts are developed for the legal framework, public acceptance and logistic and infrastructure. With its renewable energy branche and the maritime sector as well as an existing ammonia infrastructure at the Poppendorf industrial site, the region North-East around Rostock, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg and the Uckermark offers favourable conditions for the development of these key technologies for the future green ammonia ecosystem. Strategic aims and projects of over 70 alliance partners from industry and science are coordinated by the CAMPFIRE Open Innovation Management and currently funded with more than 50 million Euros within the BMBF WIR! Program, the BMBF lead project Transhyde and EU Horizon 2020 FETProActiv.
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. The university has 3100 employees and 10,000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture. With scientific excellence as a basis, Chalmers promotes knowledge and technical solutions for a sustainable world. Through global commitment and entrepreneurship, we foster an innovative spirit, in close collaboration with wider society. The EU’s biggest research initiative – the Graphene Flagship – is coordinated by Chalmers. We are also leading the development of a Swedish quantum computer. Chalmers was founded in 1829 and has the same motto today as it did then: Avancez – forward.
CMB is a diversified shipping and logistics group based in Antwerp, Belgium. CMB owns and operates 139 sea-going ships in dry bulk (Bocimar), container transport (Delphis), chemical tankers (Bochem) & crew transfer vessels (Windcat Workboats). CMB is also involved in cleantech (CMB.TECH) and real estate (Reslea, Maritime Campus Antwerp). CMB has offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hamburg and London.
Colibri b.v. is a leading company for ammonia absorption refrigeration plants (ARP). For more than 25 years Colibri delivers ARPs with refrigeration capacities between 100 kW and 10 MW and refrigeration temperatures from 0°C to -60 °C in countries all over the world. Most customers from Colibri are in the chemical- or food-industry with high demands concerning the quality and reliability of the products they purchase.
DANAOS Shipping is a leading company in ship management. Currently, DANAOS is managing a fleet of 60 container ships. The distinct edge in advanced shipping technology and long track record of safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility has helped the company to forge lasting relationships with its customers. DANAOS has a rich background in research activity dedicated to innovation of ship operation. DANAOS has participated in several projects funded by EU, with prime objective to advance maritime service.
DNV is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.
Τhe overall objective of E-ferry is to apply an extremely energy efficient design concept and demonstrate a 100% electric, emission free, medium sized ferry for passengers and cars, trucks and cargo1 in full-scale operation on longer distances than previously seen (> 5 nautical miles (Nm)) for electric drive train ferries, i.e. the medium range connections Soeby-Fynshav (10.7 Nm) and Soeby-Faaborg (9.6 Nm) in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea connecting the island of Aeroe (Ærø) to the mainland.
E-ferry is a new project co-funded by the EC under the H2020 Research and Innovation programme involving the design, building and demonstration of a fully electric powered ‘green’ ferry which can sail without polluting and CO2 emissions. It promotes energy efficient, zero GHG emission and air pollution free waterborne transportation for island communities, coastal zones and inland waterways in Europe and beyond.
H2020 Research and Innovation ( MG 4.1-2014: Towards the energy efficient and emission free vessel)
Start date: June, 2015
Duration: 48 months
Over the years the EXMAR Group developed from a traditional shipping company into an innovation driven gas energy provider. Today we are actively involved at the very heart of the global energy value chain.
The success of the EXMAR Group has been achieved by our people both on board and ashore who constantly challenge the convienient and anticipate customer needs. As a team we manage to continuously demonstrate the ability to deliver innovations to the energy supply chain which improve overall efficiency, bring a healthy return on investment and create new market opportunities for our customers and long-term partners.
It has always been in EXMAR’s DNA to be the first mover to adapt to changing situations, and to determine its own course by taking leadership through innovation.
Clean waterborne transport in Europe.
The FLAGSHIPS project will raise the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport to an entirely new level by deploying two commercially operated hydrogen fuel cell vessels.
The FLAGHSIPS project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 826215. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and from Hydrogen Europe.
Start date: Janurary, 2019
Duration: 48 months
Flotte Hamburg combines the city ships into one ship management, which provides added value for the city and the port. Its vision comprises efficient and environmental friendly ship operation. The company is an “innovation driver” in terms of sustainability for other public companies and private ship operators in the port. In order to pioneer environmental protection (and generate first mover advantages), Flotte Hamburg is part of various national and international consortiums, one of which being HyMethShip.
Flotte Hamburg, together with its parent company Hamburg Port Authority, is proud to be a close partner of LEC.
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft CML is Europe’s largest organisation dedicated to applied research and represented through its Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML in Hamburg. Fraunhofer CML develops and optimizes processes and systems along the maritime supply chain for public and private sector clients as well as with EU, international and national research funding. The team ‘Maritime Technologies & Biomimetics’ of the Fraunhofer CML focused on developing and analysing green technologies to increase energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental impact and on prototyping innovative biomimetic solutions and robotic applications. The multidisciplinary team has sound expertise in hardware and software development for robotic applications, fluid dynamics (numerical and experimental), environmental sensors, autonomous navigation, rapid prototyping and nature based concept definition. The team is an excellent candidate to perform the tasks required in the tender. Together with scientific and industrial partners Team MTB is actively researching biomimetic ship hull coatings, remote controlled vessels and autonomous vessel concepts, and technologies as well as weather routing and emission monitoring solutions for ships.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS covers the field of advanced ceramics from basic preliminary research through to the entire range of applications. Superbly equipped laboratories and technical facilities covering 30,000 m2 of useable space have been set up for this purpose at the sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf. Based on comprehensive materials expertise in advanced ceramic materials, the institute’s development work covers the entire value creation chain, all the way to prototype production. Fraunhofer IKTS forms a triad of materials, technology and systems expertise, which is enhanced by the highest level of extensive materials diagnostics for materials beyond ceramics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS. All tasks are supported by highly skilled technicians.
The Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics at Graz University of Technology is dedicated to providing innovative and internationally recognized teaching and research in the interconnected system energy, engines, traffic and environment and to contributing to the solution of problems that affect the environment.
The Green Tech Cluster is instrumental in the green innovation and consequent growth of 180 companies and research institutions. Situated in Styria, the green heart of Austria, it forms a hotspot for green technology with 20 global leaders within an hour’s drive away. Companies located here grow almost twice as fast as world market averages. The cluster provides support for R & D project development, assessment of technology trends and market opportunities and establishing global contacts. The cluster has repeatedly been ranked the world’s no. 1 Environmental Technology Cluster.
The GRENDEL project supports the Danube vessel fleet operators and their public counterparts in modernisation of the sector. GRENDEL addresses various fleet modernisation aspects: [i] use of low carbon & alternative fuels, [ii] reduction of air pollutant emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) and [iii] overall energy consumption. Besides this, [iv] transport & logistics management processes are addressed to ensure better integration of the Danube IWT into logistics chains through new services (including River Information Services), digital data provision as well as dedicated tools to improve efficiency of fleet operations.
Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)
Start date: June, 2018
End date: November, 2020
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts international cutting-edge research for a changing world: approximately 1,100 employees generate knowledge and innovation toward more resilience and sustainability. The Hereon’s scientific spectrum encompasses high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. Furthermore, research is conducted on biomaterials in medicine and for increasing quality of life. Through research and consulting, the Hereon addresses the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented manner and facilitates sustainable management as well as the protection of the coasts and marine environment through comprehensive scientific understanding. From fundamental understanding to practical applications – the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.
HOERBIGER is active throughout the world in the oil, gas, and process industries, in the automotive industry, and in safety solutions. In 2019, its 6,719 employees achieved sales of 1.149 billion euros in 123 locations and 47 countries. Our products and services are used in reciprocating compressors, gas flow control units, vehicle transmissions, gas-powered engines, automobile hydraulics, and comprehensive explosion protection solutions. It is our shared ambition to deliver excellence for our customers. As a result, we create an environment which allows our employees to develop their full potential and demonstrate initiative: people and success go hand in hand at HOERBIGER.
Thanks to our holistic concept, we keep the port and people in motion. We are a knowledgeable port manager, public institute and modern service provider, enabling us to guarantee a reliable port infrastructure. Together with our subsidiaries Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co KG, Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH) and Cruise Gate Hamburg Terminal Eigentum Gesellschaft mbH (TEG), we ensure safe transport routes, an attractive cruise ship location and efficient communication both on the water and on land. Innovative technologies and intelligent solutions help us make the port an important economic motor for the entire country – driving the value chain, leveraging development opportunities and strengthening its international position for the long term.
Hydroville is the first certified passenger shuttle that uses hydrogen to power a diesel engine. Hydrogen has the advantage of releasing no CO2, particulate matter or sulfur oxides when burned.
The shuttle will be mainly used as a platform to test hydrogen technology for commercial seagoing vessels.
In the first phase, the Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during rush hour to avoid traffic jams. Occasionally, the vessel will also be used for meetings/dinners on board or to organize a trip in the Port of Antwerp. It will also function as a demonstration platform for hydrogen and will travel to events in Europe. In addition, during the summer holidays, the vessel can be used to organize trips to the offshore wind turbine parks on the Belgian coast from Oostende/Zeebrugge.
Start date: 2017
HyMethShip system innovatively combines a membrane reactor, a CO2 capture system, a storage system for CO2 and methanol as well as a hydrogen-fueled combustion engine into one system. The proposed solution reforms methanol to hydrogen, which is then burned in a conventional reciprocating engine that has been upgraded to operate with multiple fuel types and specially optimized for hydrogen use. The drastic CO2 reduction is the result of using renewable methanol as the energy carrier and implementing pre-combustion CO2 capture and storage on the ship. The renewable methanol fuel bunkered on the ship is ideally produced on-shore from the captured CO2, thus closing the CO2 loop of the ship propulsion system.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768945
Start date: June, 2015
Duration: 42 months
INNIO is a leading solutions provider of gas engines, power equipment, a digital platform and related services for power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. With our Jenbacher* and Waukesha* product brands, INNIO pushes beyond the possible and looks boldly toward tomorrow
LeanShips is a European Innovation Project (Horizon 2020 framework programme) based on seven, mostly full scale demonstrators on board ships. The project aims to put innovations into practice by carrying out seven demonstrator show cases (Demo Cases) that combine technologies for efficient and less polluting vessels with end-users’ needs and requirements.
Dedicated teams of equipment manufacturers (technology providers), shipyards (technology integrators), and ship owners (technology users) will make certain that the innovations developed in the project are matured to market uptake capability. The ship types addressed by the project are small to midsized vessels for cargo and maritime operations, leisure and inland shipping.
Making new and existing vessels more efficient and less polluting indicates the need for significant industry involvement. In this respect, 81% of the project partners are industrial enterprises. In total, 41 partners from various EU member states are involved in LeanShips. The project has a duration of four years and is coordinated by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Contract No.: 636146).
Start date: Janurary, 2015
Duration: 48 months
The Large Engines Competence Center, LEC for short, is one of the world’s leading research institutions for large engine technologies and develops innovative solutions for sustainable energy and transport systems. Since 2015 we have been a funded COMET K1 Center (LEC EvoLET). With our research, our unique infrastructure and our international network of partners, we make a significant contribution to massive emission reductions and efficiency improvements. The focus is on the use of renewable energies, digital technologies and the optimization of the overall system.
We started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries worldwide.
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.
LMG Marin is one of World’s leading naval architect and ship design office. This position has been built up through more than 75 years experience in the maritime industry and more than 1000 vessels built worldwide since 1943. LMG Marin has developed an expertise with innovative projects and specialized ships. LNG, battery-powered ship , fuel-cells, wind-assistance solutions… The French office is based in Toulouse since 2013.
In MARANDA project an emission-free hydrogen fuelled PEMFC based hybrid powertrain system is developed for marine applications and validated both in test benches and on board the research vessel Aranda, which is one of about 300 research vessels in Europe. Special emphasis is placed on air filtration and development of hydrogen ejector solutions, for both efficiency and durability reasons. In addition, full scale freeze start testing of the system will be conducted. When research vessels are performing measurements, the main engines are turned off to minimize noise, vibration and air pollution causing disturbance in the measurements. The 165 kW (2 x 82.5 kW AC) fuel cell powertrain (hybridized with a battery) will provide power to the vessel’s electrical equipment as well as the dynamic positioning during measurements, free from vibration, noise and air pollution.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 735717. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY
Start date: March, 2017
End date: Feburary, 2021
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Start date: September, 2014
End date: 2018
MEYER WERFT is one of the largest and most modern shipyards in the world. Cruise ships for international shipping companies have been built at our production and construction docks for several decades. Around 50 luxury liners have left our shipyard to date – and the next vessels are already under construction.
MUW has a long tradition in special machine construction, as a partner for sophisticated custom – made solutions in industrial automation and as a creative industrial partner in research and development.
We develop and implement reactor technology for Power-to-X technologies for the energy and climate change.
In cooperation with Fraunhofer IKTS, as a renowned research partner, we provide membrane reactors for highly efficient linking of reaction and material separation for demanding projects such as HyMethShip.
NAUTILUS, short for Nautical Integrated Hybrid Energy System for Long-haul Cruise Ships is a research project funded under EU Horizon 2020 programme.
The NAUTILUS project aims at developing, evaluating and validating a highly efficient power generation system fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for long-haul passenger ships. The to be developed system will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% and all other diesel engine exhaust gas emission components almost entirely.
Project duration: July 2020 – June 2024.
REVOLVE Group is dedicated to communicating about water, energy, ecosystems, mobility, and the circular economy. We provide communication support to EU-funded projects and we work closely with strategic partners to advance their sustainability projects.
REVOLVE group includes regional offices and national representatives that provide strategic communication and creative content solutions for sustainability projects.
SCIPPER will implement available and innovative techniques for monitoring the compliance of individual ships to existing sulphur and future NOx and PM air pollution regulations. Using five field measurement campaigns, one mirror campaign in Hong Kong and long-term monitoring data SCIPPER will assess the suitability, operational capacity, and cost-effectiveness of various monitoring methods. The techniques identified include on-board, on-shore in situ and optical remote, airborne, and satellite systems: assessment will be demonstrated in ports (Gothenburg, Hamburg or Rotterdam and Marseille) and in the shipping lanes of the North and Baltic Seas, English Channel and Mediterranean. Where available this will be carried out in parallel to established official monitoring methodologies.
SE.S is a start-up company, working in the fields of hydrogen storage and CO2 reduction in shipping since 2013. SE.S has developed the system setup of the proposed HyMethShip-propulsion system and holds the relevant basic patents on it.
Since the beginning of 2017, SE.S is working on a small scale pilot plant for high pressure hydrogen generation and high pressure carbon capture from methanol suited for using waste heat streams. The system setup of this plant is similar to the on-board hydrogen generation system in the HyMethShip project and, thus, represents a forerunner project of the propose HyMethShip propulsion system. The membrane reactors for this plant are also delivered by Fraunhofer IKTS, so already relevant cooperation relations between two technical research partners of the HyMethShip project are established there. Furthermore, the tests and operation of this pilot plant will provide basic data input for the technical design of the on-board hydrogen generation system within the HyMethShip-project.
Shell is an international energy company with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.
Shell is working with customers and partners in the shipping industry to help accelerate decarbonisation towards a net-zero emissions future for shipping. ‘All Hands on Deck’ is a joint report by Shell and Deloitte which captures the industry view of how to decarbonise shipping. In ‘Setting Shell’s Course’ Shell outlines how it is contributing to progress on decarbonisation across the industry and the actions it is taking in its own shipping operations to lower emissions.
The build-up of microorganisms, plants, algae and animals on submerged marine structures can alter the hydrodynamics of the ship, increasing drag, fuel consumption and emissions. There is currently no efficient way to evaluate the hull when the ship is in the water, and taking it out results in down-time that is costly for ship operators. Furthermore, if a ship is not taken out regularly for inspection, the likelihood of biofouling having progressed increases, resulting in the need for harsher cleaning methods that can damage the hull painting or coating. The EU-funded SleekShip project is developing a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle that will both detect slime at early stages using a multispectral camera and clean it softly with cavitation jetting. The operation can be done while the ship is docked at port for other operations or moored at sea. Commercialisation will enhance the competitiveness of ship owners while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
SSPA is a world-leading maritime knowledge-based company. SSPA has the vision to be recognised as the most rewarding partner for innovative and sustainable maritime development. Based on our clients’ reality, we create sustainable solutions to meet their challenges. Through commitment, integrity, insight and expertise, we facilitate our customers’ path to success.
SSPA is a dedicated partner that offers a wide range of maritime services, including ship design, energy optimisation, finding the most effective ways to interact with other types of transportation, and conducting maritime infrastructure studies together with safety and environmental risk assessments. Our experts have a broad range of knowledge and expertise and we use our resources such as databases, analysis and calculation capabilities, laboratories, collaborative platforms and skills to create value.
The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) project has the overall objective of advancing the technological development and providing recommendations for introduction of methanol as an alternative fuel for coastal and inland waterway vessels to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint. The project intends to investigate methanol combustion concepts and ship fuel systems that will lead to cost effective alternatives for ship operators to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint.
Financed by: Region Västra Götaland, Swedish Maritime Administration, Methanol Institute, Oiltanking
The Swedish Transport Agency is working to achieve good accessibility, high quality, secure and environmentally aware rail, air, sea and road transport. We have overall responsibility for drawing up regulations and ensuring that authorities, companies, organisations and citizens abide by them.
The Swedish Transport Agency was established on the 1st of January 2009.
TNO is a large Dutch organization for applied scientific research, working for public and private sectors in many areas of expertise. Sustainable Maritime and Offshore is addressed broadly, and includes engine technologies for alternative fuels, safe superstructures of vessels and efficient operations and logistics. TNO developed tools for real life monitoring of energy profiles and emissions of vehicles and ships. Other areas of expertise include the complete fuel chains including E-fuels (H2, synthetic fuels) and biofuels, and climate and air quality aspects.
The aim of the TrAM project is to develop a zero emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production. New manufacturing methods will contribute to 25 per cent lower production costs and 70 per cent lower engineering costs. The project is revolutionary both in terms of zero emission technology and manufacturing methods, and will contribute to making electric-powered high-speed vessel competitive in terms of both cost and the environment.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769303.
Start date: September, 2018
Duration: 48 months
With around 3,300 members, the VDMA is the largest network organisation and an important voice for the mechanical engineering industry in Germany and Europe.
Together with its member companies, the VDMA addresses the broad spectrum of topics in the mechanical and plant engineering industry in its trade associations, cross-sectional departments and working groups. In international committees and forums, the association is also active abroad to promote the interests of its members, supported by VDMA offices on site.
via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH was founded on January 1st , 2005, by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology for the preservation and development of the Danube waterway. The company was formed by the merger of Österreichische Donau-Betriebs AG, Österreichische Donau-Technik GmbH, viadonau – Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH für Telematik und Donauschifffahrt and the privatised Waterways Authority.
viadonau is a modern and efficiently run company that operates waterways and executes sovereign functions on behalf of the federal authorities with regard to waterways and waterway transport. In addition to the tasks of federal waterway administration and transport development, viadonau carries out pioneering work in the field of Integrated River Engineering, as well as operating a navigation information system called Danube River Information Services (DoRIS).
viadonau considers itself not only an infrastructure operator but also a competent business partner and service provider that ensures the availability of the Danube as a safe, high-capacity transport route. In co-operation with both national and international partners, viadonau implements innovative projects designed to increase safety and efficiency of inland waterway transport. Thus, the company contributes significantly to the safeguarding of business locations for Austrian companies as well as to the environmentally friendly management of future traffic volumes along the Danube corridor.
viadonau has a long history of working in R&D projects with the aim of modernizing inland navigation and defining the technologies and services of tomorrow.
The tasks and duties of viadonau are stipulated in the Waterways Act (Federal Law Gazette177/2004 of 30.12.2004).
The VSM represents the political and commercial interests of the German maritime industry, comprising shipyards building oceangoing and inland waterway vessels as well as marine equipment suppliers, classification societies, ship model basins and engineering consultants.
The responsibilities of the association include providing members with specialist advisory and support services and representing their interests in public and vis-à-vis political institutions. The VSM also promotes technical and commercial development in the shipbuilding and ocean industry in Germany and abroad.
The Association represents its members nationally and internationally.