Function / Activity
The river shipowners possess, operate or charter (bareboat) river vessels.
They ensure the river transportation of goods or passengers.
Future development of the profession
River transportation is made by people who are keen on their job, be they self-employed, entrepreneurs, employees, captains, deckhands or salesmen.
The professions deeply changed: now the captain of a river vessel must be part of a complex logistic system, maintain relationships with logisticians and customers, master the communication systems and driver assistant systems such as VHF, transpondeurs, AIS, Radar, electronic maps, electronic mail…
Moreover, river transportation is, by far, the least polluting shipping method.