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Nautical Expertise

River Nautical undertakes the complete nautical management on river cruise ships. Our range of services is based on the inland navigation’s applicable laws and safety regulations. Our nautical crew navigates the fleet professionally and safely with the support of our operational shore-based specialists in the two competence centers in Basel and Zug.

With more than 600 employees, we are the competent market leader in this segment, managing a fleet of over 60 vessels for our clients on European inland waterways.


Ship operation is complex and requires the nautical professionalism, maximum reliability and high cost efficiency of River Nautical. On behalf of the ship owner or the shipping company, we budget the nautical-technical operating costs, assist in itinerary planning and port operations during the river cruise season or off-season. We organize the nautical administration, register the ships, provide the relevant insurance for the vessel and ensure that the fleet always has the valid certificates.

The focus is on our regularly trained crew, who reliably navigate our clients’ ships on European waterways to their destination.

Nautical management

River Nautical provides all services and products required for the regularly nautical management of a vessel.

Our nautical management, with decades of experience, budgets all nautical costs incurred during the season and in the winter harbor, with the appropriate approval of the shipping company.

Locks & Docks
Our industry specialists ensure a varied cruise program. They are in close contact with local authorities, berth operators and agencies to ensure the smooth sailing of the ships.

Safety & Security
We organize a reliable ship operation for our customers by offering the best possible fleet insurance packages and by creating and implementing efficient and certified safety and security concepts.

Nautical crew administration

The crew is the soul of every ship. River Nautical provides recruitment and manning of the ships for all clients and places the highest demands on the qualified crew’s training standards.

We recruit qualified and certified crew members for every ship and every itinerary – from Deckhand to Captain.

The training of the crew is very important to us. We educate sailors and provide for nautical junior staff. The management of a ship is complex and makes high demands on the crew. Therefore, we attach great importance to the regular training of our on-board team.

We take over the complete personnel management and salary administration for the shipping company.

Upgrades, organization & monitoring

In close cooperation with its own technical experts River Nautical plans and budgets the foresight organization of nautical needs.

Shipbuilding and upgrades
On behalf of the ship owner or operator, we budget, organize and monitor all work in close coordination with our technical experts at River Technics.

Our nautical management professionally arranges the audit and supervision of the ship certificates and their procurement or extension on behalf of the ship owners or the shipping company.

We order all necessary products for the ships, especially fuel and lubricants. In consultation with the shipping company, we organize the purchase of fuel for hedged future transactions by means of a written agreement.


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