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The South Moravian Region – base of the Czech water transport development

Jihomoravský krajRealization of the first stage between the Danube and the stage terminal port in the South Moravian Region is of cardinal importance for the Czech Republic, even though the actual route only touches the territory. It runs either through the neighbouring countries or in the frontier riverbed of the Morava from Kúty to Hodonín. Via the Danube artery, it will link the Czech Republic to the network of reliable European waterways. It should guarantee the future development of Czech water transport, if not its bare existence in future at all.

The connection will allow export and import of goods within the southeast corridor along the Danube all the way to the Black Sea, as well as within the west one, along the Upper Danube, the Main – Danube waterway, and along the Rhine to the largest European seaports, including Rotterdam. Although there is an existing access to the Rhine area, it is only through the Elbe, which unreliability hardly meets the modern water transport standards. It is even safe to say, that the traditional Elbe connection to Hamburg could be in emergency economically substituted with the detour via the Danube, Rhine and the German canals.

Benefits of water corridor Danube-Oder-Elbe for South Moravian Region

• In the area of Břeclav and Hodonín an important transport junction is coming to life, marking a contact point of three countries – the Czech and Slovak Republics and Austria. After the first stage of the Danube–Oder–Elbe water corridor is completed, the place will become a unique terminal of road, railway and water transport.

• The same area represents a significant water management centre, which will fully develop other functions of the water corridor in terms of water balance and flood control.

• The first stage of the D-O-E water corridor should guarantee a reliable link of CR to the network of modern European waterways, which need is ever more pressing. The South Moravian Region can be rightfully called a base of the Czech water transport development.

• Tourist boats vessels and river cruisers will considerably contribute to attendance rate of the major regional sights, especially the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape and the wine making areas.

Přístav osobní lodní dopravy na řece Moravě nad jezem v Hodoníně. Zdrž hodonínského jezu bychom mohli, pokládat již dnes za využívanou vodní cestu, postrádající ovšem napojení na souvislou síť.

Landing stage for passenger boats on the Morava above a dam in Hodonín. The pool of the dam could be considered a working waterway of a very modest size, however, with no connection to a continuous system.

The stage terminal in South Moravia could admit river-sea going vessels as well, thus enabling straight shipping form and to the ports on the Black and Mediterranean Seas, or even more to the east. The first stage will truly begin a new chapter of the water transport development in the Czech Republic.

Zdrž hodonínského jezu na řece Moravě vytváří prakticky hotový úsek vodního koridoru D-O-L od Hodonína po Rohatec.

Hodonín pool on the Morava represents a practically ready-made section of the D-O-E water corridor from Hodonín to Rohatec. 

Why is one stage of the D-O-E water corridor not enough for the Czech Republic?

It is unreal to assume to expect the neighboring countries of Austria or Slovakia to offer their territory or financial contribution to realization of a waterway, which is a mere dead-end branch for South Moravia and not a complete transit connection.

 • The limited project of the first stage only would hardly acquire a large international interest and the related financial contribution.

• The limit of one terminal port only means to degrade the majority of transport relations to fractional transport, which is less economical. The waterway must be connected to the main resources and destinations of the Czech territory.

• If the realization is limited only to the first stage, the project will have to resign on most its extra-transport benefits in the fields of water management, flood control, conservation etc. The most prominent water management advantages do not concentrate along the state border but rather to the route of the following stages.

Let us set off along the route of the following stage two then. It runs mostly through the territory of the Zlín Region, with a short section still in South Moravia and the north part reaching to the region of Olomouc.