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Pre-Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation and Development of the Sava River Waterway

end:  19.03.2007.start:  25.12.2006.
The Sava used to be an important lifeline in the former Yugoslavia and was regularly used for Inland Waterway Transport. However, the break-up of Yugoslavia and the economic decline in the 80’s and 90’s caused a strong decrease of transport and navigation on the Sava.

In the present day, the Sava is hardly used for river transport.
Other transport modes are (slowly) recovering but Inland Waterway Transport is still at a low level. Reasons for this situation might be amongst others:
  • lack of maintenance and investments, resulting in poor quality of infrastructure;
  • poor intermodal connections with road and railway;
  • damaged port and river infrastructure is endangering safe navigation;
  • the present low level of economic development because of the war (1990) along the Sava resulting in low cargo demand/ supply.
In other parts of Europe, Inland Waterway Transport has proven to be a competitive transport mode, environmentally friendly and reducing congestion on densely used roads.
Inland Waterway Transport might also be a viable transport mode for the Sava, connecting the economies of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) has recognized the possibilities for river transport on the Sava. One of its strategic targets, mutually agreed upon by all members of the ISRBC is to establish an international navigation regime on the Sava.
Considering above aspects, the ISRBC on behalf of the Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development of the Republic of Croatia (the investor of this Pre-Feasibility Study) has prepared the Terms of Reference of this Pre-Feasibility Study for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Sava River Waterway. Main beneficiaries are the Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development of the Republic of Croatia and the ISRBC itself.
This Pre-Feasibility Study has been prepared for the period 2006 – 2026 based on the Terms of Reference, Consultant’s technical proposal, the Inception Report (submitted in January 2007), discussions and meetings with IWT key players and stakeholders, as well as the information and comments received from the beneficiaries.
Subject of the study is the rehabilitation and development of the Sava, to class IV according to the decision on the Detailed Parameters for Waterway Classification on the Sava River (Sava Commission 2006).

Study overview:
Commencement Date:
December 24th, 2006
Completion Time:
12 weeks
Lead consultant:
Witteveen+Bos (The Netherlands),
in association with:
  • NEA – Transport Research and Training (The Netherlands);
  • CRUP – Inland Navigation Development Centre Ltd. (Croatia).
Beneficiaries:
Republic of Croatia and The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC).

Contracting Authority:
The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC).

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Pre-Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation and Development of the Sava River Waterway - english language

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Pre-Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation and Development of the Sava River Waterway - croatian language

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Presentation of the Pre-Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation and Development of the Sava River Waterway - english language

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Presentation of the Pre-Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation and Development of the Sava River Waterway - croatian language