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Old 15th December 2015, 09:59
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The Swiss NAVY?

Is there one? I remember in the 60's while at sea sailing on deepsea tankers with BP, I saw, either on the west African coast or in a NW European port a 12-16.000 grt cargo liner, flying and sailing under the Swiss national Flag. The Trading company name escapes me but it has 5-8 ships of similar size registered in Bern or Genieva? I just wonder if this trading company or its successor still trades under the Swiss Flag.
Later on in life in the 80 I remember visiting for professional reasons a Ugandan registered ship, sailing under either its own or another african state flag she was a different story. The point of the story is that landlocked states, trade on the high seas, and while a member of the UN, and do not have a natural sea port, still register their vessels.
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Old 15th December 2015, 16:27
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There are quite a number of companies with vessels sailing today that are registered under the Swiss national flag and registered in Basel.
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Old 15th December 2015, 18:13
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I seem to remember that there is/was a naval patrol vessel on Lake Constance which was brought to the lake in parts and rebuilt there....there may be more than one there and on Lake Leman ( Geneva)...

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Old 15th December 2015, 18:17
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Could it be that there are tax benefits for registering under the Swiss Ensign?

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Old 15th December 2015, 18:22
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I sailed with a Swiss 2nd Mate in Palm Line. He had served his time on Swiss ships and was either married or engaged to a girl who lived up the road from me in Glasgow. I don't think the Swiss had Marine Certificates of Competence and he had taken his tickets in Glasgow, thereby meeting his loved one.
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Old 16th December 2015, 01:52
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There used to be a few Swiss ships knocking about, maybe Zurich was their gnome port. I also remember seeing an Austrian ship and a Czech ship somewhere.

I sailed with a Swiss bosun who used his Swiss Dicharge Book when lining up for a shore pass in the US. Nice try but not good enough, the Immigration bloke found his name in the rolladex file - banned from shoreleave in the USA.

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Old 16th December 2015, 02:16
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I believe one of the ships trapped in the Great Bitter Lake was Czech.
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Old 16th December 2015, 03:12
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I have seen them sailing up and down the Rhine,Main,and the Danube. So no problem on having any water to sail on.
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Old 16th December 2015, 03:13
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I started a thread a few years ago There's some info on there.

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Swiss Navy

Hi,

Just as a wee bit of humour.

Titled 'Swiss aircraft carrier.'

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Old 16th December 2015, 09:19
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Swiss Navy? Absolutely, no doubt about it - read about this greaser!

http://www.swissnavy.com.au/

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Old 17th December 2015, 08:53
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I started a thread a few years ago There's some info on there.

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what goes round comes around? I am a little slow in my thinking?
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Old 17th December 2015, 09:15
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what goes round comes around? I am a little slow in my thinking?
Not at all David. It's an interesting subject.
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Old 17th December 2015, 17:51
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Swiss ships have been calling here as long as I remember. I think I've seen all flags of Europe on ships except Andorra, Liechtenstein, Moldova, and the Vatican.
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Old 17th December 2015, 18:09
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Swiss Navy? Absolutely, no doubt about it - read about this greaser!

http://www.swissnavy.com.au/

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You are on a slippery slope there Taff.

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