Merchant Marine of Switzerland
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The Rhine port of Basel connects Switzerland to the Port of Rotterdam and thus to the sea trade network. Swiss industry and commerce rely on this connection, exploited for centuries by Swiss Rhine barges, for a substantial part of their imports and exports.
Swiss high seas fleet
The first ships were purchased and operated by the government in order to ensure the supply of critical resources during World War II. After the war, a privately owned merchant fleet emerged, spurred in part by government subsidies that paid for the fleet's operation up until 1953.
In 2010, a fleet of 37 ships flew the Swiss flag, made up of bulk carriers, container ships, multi-purpose freighters and tankers, totalling one million tonnes and operated by six shipping companies.
- ABC Maritime AG
- Enzian Shipping AG
- Massoel Gestion SA
- Reederei Zürich AG
- Suisse-Atlantique Société de Navigation Maritime SA
Notes and references
- Commercial ships on the Swiss Maritime Navigation Office website