UPLS 9. October 2018.

As a person who grew up on the banks of the Sava and Danube and as one of the many people who work on ships in inland navigation and sail from the North to the Black Sea, in addition to all the adventures, various acquaintances and stories, one impression is still striking to me. mind: The Danube that flows through the territory of our country seems to be different from the one that springs near the Black Forest and flows through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, etc.

What is the difference, more precisely why I think so, I will try to explain below.

There will be no talk about the characteristics of the waterway, marking the navigation sectors, bridges and curves, but as usual and in short, about ecology and nature conservation, more precisely the living world in nature, a topic that is not so important to us.

For a start, I will mention the Rhine River, it can be said to be the most important / busiest waterway in Europe.

it is 1320 km long, of which 863 km is navigable, more precisely to the city of Basel. On its shores, there are dozens of large industrial centers whose work contributes to the economic development of countries, but at the same time greatly affects the environment.

It is worth mentioning the well-known fact that in parallel with economic development, the population of the city / region increases, and then the (unfavorable) impact on flora and fauna increases again.

In Basel, on November 01.11.1986, XNUMX, an ecological catastrophe occurred when a warehouse with various chemicals caught fire, which later found its way to the Rhine, which led to the death of fish and wildlife in the water, some species even to extinction, and the supply of drinking water was disabled, more precisely prohibited. All this led to the organization of the Rhine states, in order to improve the catastrophic situation and further monitor it, with the aim of avoiding similar accidents.

Today, the Rhine River looks completely different. industry is constantly evolving, Duisburg is the largest river port in Europe, cities are growing, but still the living world has returned to its previous state. Eels are once again a common catch of anglers, salmon are being returned, and the water quality itself is at an enviable level and it is used by over 20 million people living in the countries of the Rhine basin.

Authorities control the industry (in Germany water is tested every 6 minutes, 24 hours a day and for the slightest change in water quality / composition, downstream cities are immediately notified and factories in the test zone are temporarily closed until the investigation is completed), river traffic participants Coastal waste disposal containers are available as well as ships that will receive old oil / filters, fecal tank contents or wastewater from catering facilities along the coast. Since the emphasis is on everything written on river traffic, it is worth mentioning that boatmen are simply obliged to keep the obtained certificate of "disposal" of waste, in order to be correct in case of control.

Today, the Danube, Europe's second largest river basin, looks similar, but unfortunately only to our border.

for some reason, after entering the territorial waters of Serbia, people forget the rules and regulations, common sense seems to disappear and everything that is strictly punishable anywhere in the world is done, all to the detriment of the people of Serbia.

Ships that sail in our waters without control can drop everything that is on their cargo, and for which they would pay for the delay abroad, because simply - these are substances dangerous to the environment. also, whether due to lack of space for dumping waste on the shore, lack of control or irresponsible behavior, we find piles of garbage in the mother river. Maybe the latter is helped a lot by catering facilities along the coast and arrogant individuals, but that is certainly not that important.

Everything and everything is discharged into our rivers from factories without any control and order, so we are witnessing countless events where the color of the water in the city center changes from hour to hour, and there is no reaction from the authorities or responsibility is simply transferred from one service to another. until the water carries the poisons away and the public forgets about the unpleasant event. With every similar case, the flora and fauna are destroyed, which can have unforeseeable consequences for society as a whole. we must also be aware of the fact that we ourselves use this water in our daily lives.

There is no need to blame someone else or look for excuses, but in time, more precisely as soon as possible, turn to the problem and work on what others have largely implemented: control of industry, treatment of municipal wastewater from cities, suppression of illegal landfills, sufficient number containers on the shore, mandatory introduction of ships for receiving waste from vessels, as well as their control and most importantly - education of the youngest.

Oil stains, fish deaths, endless piles of garbage bags, corpses of dead domestic animals, plastic bottles and other garbage can become a thing of the past, only if we try to change something for the better.

Maybe, after all the above measures, we need a little common sense, because if we do not want to help ourselves, no one else will do it for us.

Captain Goran Stanimirov
Commander Type A