EU-sponsored project for acquiring and processing polluting waste on the Danube

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The Giurgiu National Administration of Danube River Ports (CNAPDF) on Tuesday released an EU-sponsored project for the establishment of a system for the acquisition and processing of waste from ships and intervention in cases of pollution on the Danube River.

‘We are happy because this project lays the foundations for modern services for the fluvial Danube and because, together with our colleagues at the Maritime Danube Ports Administration that have a similar project to ours, we are actually laying the foundations for the most up-to-date environmental services in Romania and even, I dare say, in all the Danube riparian countries,’ CNAPDF Deputy Director Danut Ofiteru said Tuesday.

The project’s overall objective is reducing negative environmental impacts caused by inland transportation and meeting the urgent demands already identified for the protection of the Danube River by improving the system for acquiring and processing waste from ships and interventions in cases of pollution on the Danube run by CNAPDF SA Giurgiu in ports that are part of the Trans European Transport Network.

Under this project, which funding is provided from the European Regional Development Fund through the 2007-2013 Transport Sectoral Operational Programme, mooring areas will be designed in the ports of Drobeta Turnu Severin (southwest), Calarasi (south) and Cernavoda (south- East) for the waste collecting ships, and facilities will be provided to transfer wastewater and sewage water to treatment stations, while four multi-purpose collecting ships will be acquired for the ports of Drobeta Turnu Severin, Giurgiu, Calarasi and Cernavoda as well as solid waste containers for the ports of Moldova Veche (southwest), Orsova (south-west), Drobeta Turnu Severin, Giurgiu, Calarasi and Cernavoda.

The total value of the project is RON 43.8 million (approximately 9.84 million euros), out of which RON 25.2 million is non-reimbursable funding from the European Commission. The project will be fully completed in July 2013.

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