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Old 19.04.2016, 05:29
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Commercial Boats

Hello. Did a quick search of the forum to see if I could find anything but doesn't look it.

My main line of work, if I have the choice, is maritime work. I've got STCW certificate and the like and have sailed extensively. I'm fairly certain I've found Switzerland's authority for licensing and such as well.

What I'm struggling to find are companies in the industry. I know there is commercial river traffic and even tour boats but without knowing the keywords to search on I'm not having much luck yet finding any prospects.

If anyone knows any companies, phrases I could search, or has someone they could ask some questions of I'd really appreciate it.

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Re: Commercial Boats

Practically every industry in Switzerland has an association. This maritime industry has at least one representing 16 "major operators" in the country:

http://www.schweizer-schifffahrt.ch/en/

The governmental SMNO oversees the Swiss maritime fleet:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/smno/en/home.html

By googling on "Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Schweiz" (suggest: google.ch), you might find more information.

BTW: the act of being born in an EU country does not necessarily give that person EU citizenship. Preference for jobs in Switzerland is given to Swiss/ EU citizens. Non-EU citizens, such as Americans, are considered "third country" under Swiss immigration laws and generally must jump over high hurdles and through many loops to obtain employment.

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The Swiss commercial register lists businesses in Switzerland. If you search on "Schifffahrt", "Schiff", "Boot" and similar, you will find businesses involved with ships and boats. (Schiff is problematic as it can be a part of a family name). You might also want to search on similar words in French and English:

http://zefix.ch/zfx-cgi/hrform.cgi/h...th=366&amt=007

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Re: Commercial Boats

Why hello there!

As it just so happens, I know quite a bit about Switzerland's boating industry, for reasons I have explained in this post that might be somewhat helpful to you.

Basically, there is a little, well-hidden boating industry in Switzerland. It's tiny and there's no money in it. Because our lakes are not that big and full of rich people who own their own boats, the money is not in being a captain but in repairs and storage for winter.

However, there are local equivalents to cruise lines, called Kursschiffe.

Generally, if you go look up the German name of any larger body of water and add the word "Schifffahrt" to it, you find the cruise liners.



There are very few jobs, mind you, and most - if not all - require you to speak the local language.
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Re: Commercial Boats

This is a website listing ships and steamship companies associated with Switzerland. In addition to passenger ferries, there are many freight ships/ barges (Frachtschiffe) that ply the Rhine:

http://www.swiss-ships.ch/rheinschif...heinreeder.htm

For something out of the ordinary, you might want to consider a Fähre (ferry) in Basel:

http://www.faehri.ch/index.php/2012-...nn-faehre-ueli

Although you have a US license to operate vessels greater than 200/ 500 tonnes, without knowledge of a local language, as already mentioned by SpiritV, it might be most difficult to gain much interest if you applied for a job in the Swiss maritime industry. Another angle to explore could be whether you could buy a freight barge, possibly convert your US STCW license and go into business for yourself.
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Re: Commercial Boats

Thank you both for the information it has helped a lot.

To clarify, I claim my EU citizenship through UK citizenship and have my UK passport. As far as I understand, at least as long as my countrymen don't screw up and leave the EU, that counts for EU citizenship, correct?

I'm working on language now, I've never been more mad at myself for being a monoglot than I presently am. I've had some French before but have never used it conversationally. We're working on getting the family at least basically conversational in German and French now.

Love the idea of having my own freight barge but doesn't seem to be in the cards at the moment.

If I were to reach out to some of the companies I'm finding in English do you think they'd bother to respond? There are some details I'd like to learn more about but I'd rather not put companies off or hurt my chances anywhere by getting in touch too early.
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Thank you both for the information it has helped a lot.

To clarify, I claim my EU citizenship through UK citizenship and have my UK passport. As far as I understand, at least as long as my countrymen don't screw up and leave the EU, that counts for EU citizenship, correct?

I'm working on language now, I've never been more mad at myself for being a monoglot than I presently am. I've had some French before but have never used it conversationally. We're working on getting the family at least basically conversational in German and French now.

Love the idea of having my own freight barge but doesn't seem to be in the cards at the moment.

If I were to reach out to some of the companies I'm finding in English do you think they'd bother to respond? There are some details I'd like to learn more about but I'd rather not put companies off or hurt my chances anywhere by getting in touch too early.
English should be Ok, especially if their web site is also in English (that may even make your English a plus if they're lacking English speakers). Alternatively mention that your German isn't good enough yet but you're working on it. Considering how you come across in your posts on here you'll be very fine.

French is mostly useless in Basel, definitely not worth the bother if you're reasonably certain you'll end up in that region or other parts of german-speaking Switzerland.

Your biggest hurdles with respect to German will be listening and speaking. Did you try meetup to get some practice, perhaps have your written conversations commented on? There seem to be quite a few active groups, e.g. this one in Virginia Beach or this one (1000 members) in northern VA.

Btw internal forum search is a bad joke, use advanced or better yet Google powered search instead.
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