Waterway Transport

  • Basics of inland navigation (types of operation, types of vessels)
  • Characteristics of inland navigation (esp. Danube navigation)
  • Basics of nautical engineering (esp. formation forms, locks, gauges, maintenance)
  • Organization of inland navigation (esp. Viadonau, DORIS)
  • Innovations in inland navigation
  • Legal bases of inland navigation
  • Specific instruments of navigation (esp. flag law, ship register, average, insurances, chartering)

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Viadonau (Hrsg.) (2019): Handbuch der Donauschifffahrt, 4. Auflage, erhältlich bei der viadonau.
Kummer, S. (2010): Einführung in die Verkehrswirtschaft, facultas, 2.Auflage, Wien.
Cerwenka, P./Hauger, G./Hörl, B./Klamer, M. (2017): Einführung in die Verkehrssystemplanung; Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, Wien.
Cerwenka, P./Hauger, G./Hörl, B./Klamer, M. (2007): Handbuch der Verkehrssystemplanung; Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, Wien

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, blended learning, self-study of required reading, discussion, reflection, and discussion of case studies, independent work

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Final written exam (100%, no aids).
  • Content criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterization, complexity of solutions in terms of technical and methodological competence
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, linguistic differentiation, and independence of results presentation

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students can

  • describe the basics of inland navigation (1)
  • name characteristics of inland navigation and distinguish them from other modes of transport (1) as well as explain them from a transport economic point of view (2)
  • describe (1) and explain (2) the basics of nautical science
  • describe the organization of inland navigation (1) and compare it with other modes of transport (2)
  • describe major trends and innovations in inland navigation (1) and forecast possible impacts (2)
  • explain legal basics and specific instruments of inland navigation (2) and apply them to examples (3)

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