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Ships and shipping

We deal with shipping, in particular with safety in navigation. We are responsible among other things for the technical examination of the ships of licensed shipping companies. Future ships' captains must also take their captain's examination with us. We continue to develop the legal bases for navigation on inland waters, taking into account developments in the surrounding countries and the EU. Together with shipping companies on the international boundary waters (Lake Constance, Lake of Geneva and the lakes in Ticino), we represent Switzerland in the three international boundary water commissions.

Another of our priorities is the safety of shipping on the Rhine, particularly the transport of hazardous freight, and the hydraulic engineering infrastructure. Here we are involved in several working groups of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva.

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