Dömös, Esztergom, Komárom, Visegrád and Zebegény harbors will be renewed from a HUF 900.57 million fund next autumn.
Tamás Schanda, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said the government will help fund the initiative with a non-refundable grant of HUF 500 million from the national budget within the framework of the Széchenyi 2020 Integrated Transport Development Operational Program.
The remainder of the funds will be covered by Mahart-PassNave Passenger Shipping Ltd. from its own resources, creating and developing the infrastructure conditions for passenger shipping in the targeted municipalities.
Schanda expects ship traffic to increase over the coming years due to stronger domestic demand, and will therefore support the necessary developments from multiple sources. He added that the government has earmarked HUF 12.5 billion for the development of shipping on the Danube and nearly HUF 7 billion for the development of navigation on Lake Balaton.
Pál Völner, President of the Hungarian Shipping Association, welcomed the state’s significant contribution not only to the purchase of new ships, but also to port development. He feels that the Danube Bend is a major tourist destination, so it is especially important to have access not only by road and rail, but also by boat in order to cater for the large amount of tourists visiting the area.