Deputy Ministers Petar Kirov and Anton Ginev gave start to the Second Phase of the project BULRIS


1In the presence of the Deputy Ministers of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications /MTITC/ Petar Kirov and Anton Ginev was signed a contract to expand the services of river information system in the Bulgarian stretch of the River Danube – BULRIS.

The Project builds the national part of Pan-European system for providing efficient and safe navigation on inland waterways and is funded by the Operational Programme on Transport 2007 – 2013. The beneficiary of the project is Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company /BPI Co./.

2The Project is of crucial importance for Bulgaria and for all European countries’, said the Deputy Minister Petar Kirov. In his words, the improvement of the navigation conditions on the Danube River is linked to a comprehensive package of measures that MTITC undertakes for development of both river and railway transport, in line with EU priorities to promote green transport operations’.

‘In the next programming period, under Connected Europe Facility, together with Romania we will apply for the implementation of the project to improve navigation conditions in the critical sections of the river’, announced Petar Kirov. Among the projects that are important for the development of navigation on the river can be seen also the projects for construction of an intermodal terminal in Rousse and rehabilitation of the railway Rousse – Varna.

The project BULRIS aims to increase both the safety in navigation on Bulgarian stretch of the River Danube and also minimizing the cases of river pollution. The Project contributes to a better ability to use the Danube as the main waterway of the EU for the development of logistics and transport chains that cross Bulgaria. In the first phase of the Project has already built up the necessary technological infrastructure in 16 communication points located along the Danube River in the districts of Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Rousse and Silistra. Currently are conducting tests of the system to be put into operation in early 2014.

With today’s signing of the contract the extension of the system and the range of services is awarded to the Consortium BUL RIS 2, which brings together the companies Transzas Marine International AB - Sweden, Tranzas Mediteranian SAS – France and Telenik - Bulgaria. Consortium partners are specialised in designing and building of vessel traffic management systems, for radar tracking and data exchange between vessels and shore services. The Companies are among the leaders in Europe in the development of specialized equipment for the training of operators in navigation and maritime safety systems. The value of the contract for expansion the system of BULRIS is 9 494 000 BGN. Implementation period is 18 months.