Importance of Danube as Transport Route Increases
Freight transport volume on the river Danube increased by 18.6% in 2010. Goods receipt rose by 25.4%.
According to Statistics Austria, a total of 11.1 million tons (t) of goods was transported as freight transport on the Austrian section of the Danube in 2010, which constitutes an increase of 1.7 million t (+18.6%) compared to 2009. The total transport performance (i. e. the product of transport volume and distance travelled) on the Danube was 11.5 billion ton kilometres (tkm) (+19.4%). On Austrian national territory, the transport performance amounted to 2.4 billion tkm (+18.6%). The number of laden journeys rose by 7.5% to 10 391.
The international goods receipt grew by remarkable 25.4% to 6.2 million t compared to the previous year. International goods dispatch showed an increase in transport volume of 5.5% to 1.7 million t. For transit a growth of 10.6% to 2.7 million t was determined. The tonnage in inland transport rose by 38.6% to 0.5 million t in the reference year.