CMNI - Theorie und Anwendung in der Donaupraxis

Philipp Stelzel

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The title of this diploma thesis is as follows: CMNI in theory and its practical implementation in
the Danube region. CMNI stands for "Budapest Convention on the Contract for the Carriage of
Goods by Inland Waterway." This convention was adopted in a diplomatic conference in 2000. It
entered into force in the year 2005. So far, it has been ratified by 15 European countries. All
countries with connection to the Danube River, except Austria and the Ukraine, have ratified the
CMNI until January 2011. The goal of this convention is to set up unified regulations for the
carriage of goods by inland waterways.
After a short introduction of some terms concerning inland navigation, the thesis gives a
summary of the convention's content. After these theoretical chapters the thesis analyzes and
evaluates the effect of the CMNI on the market situation of inland navigation companies which
are operating in the Danube region.
The results of the empirical analysis of 16 transportation companies, with place of business in the
EU and operating on the Danube river, show that the CMNI is a convention with a more
symbolic than practical or financial value. However, the CMNI has been past-due for decades.
Thus the CMNI is seen as a seed towards a more unified law on carriage of goods by inland
navigation. As a result of the researched findings, the thesis favors the ratification of the CMNI
by Austria. Nevertheless, it is suggested that the convention can only be fruitful in combination
with numerous measures, such as the modernization of harbors along the Danube, the
elimination of nautical bottlenecks, an increase of subsidies and improved public relation work
by the market participants. (author's abstract)
OriginalspracheDeutsch (Österreich)
HerausgeberInstitut für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2011


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