Dutch Swiss Marine is an independent consulting company for the niche market of ‘Small Passenger Ships and Recreational Boating’ (i.e passenger ships and yachts up to 200 passengers). Our focus is to assist and support stakeholders in the expedition cruise, river cruise, mega-yacht and tourist tour boat industry with operating ships more reliable, safe, hygienic, environmentally sustainable and maximizing passenger safety and well-being.
We assist passenger ship owners, managers, charterers and operators with improving guest experience by providing expert operational and technical advice, tailor-made crew training’s and developing company & ship specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for all passenger ship operations. Dutch Swiss Marine is also ‘the’ contact point for ship owners to obtain professional advice on flag and class registration, marine insurance, compliance verification and on future rules and legislation in the areas of maritime safety, environmental protection and mandatory climate change measures. For further details see our overview of Consulting Services.
The company was founded in 2015 in Switzerland, by Mr. B. Maaswinkel, who holds a Bachelor degree (B.Sc. / B.Eng.) in ‘Maritime Operations’ from the Nautical University of Amsterdam. The founder has over 20 years’ professional experience in the commercial shipping, luxury mega-yacht, ocean cruise and river cruise industry. Licensed as a ‘Maritime Integrated Officer’ he started his career as a deck- and engineering officer working on various types of ships (including large ocean cruise liners, passenger ferries and container ships), sailing all the World’s Oceans. After his sailing career, he worked ashore in various key management positions for well-known international shipping, mega-yacht and river cruise companies, in the areas of commercial ship operations, technical ship management and QHSE (quality, health, safety, environment) management. The Principal has a long experience in the marine industry and has gained a wealth of knowledge about the industry’s best practices, technical innovations and international & national regulations. He is also a qualified yacht surveyor (QI) for the Marshall Islands Registry, an ad-hoc consultant for The Shipowners’ P&I Club and a skilled and experienced ISM, ISPS and MLC auditor.
Dutch Swiss Marine works closely together in a pool of leading international consulting groups and highly experienced independent associates, servicing the luxury cruise and mega-yacht sectors. The pool members & associates include; cruise market research analysts, naval architects, project managers, marine & technical superintendents, exterior / interior design & outfitting coordinators, hospitality professionals and approved passenger ship safety trainers.
Our Mission: Being an integrated and trusted business partner, assisting stakeholders with operating passenger ships more reliable, safe, hygienic and environmentally sustainable. To provide objective expert advice and expertise, in accordance with industry best practices and in compliance with national and international regulations.
Our Vision: To share our expert knowledge, to help raise the operational reliability, safety and environmental protection standards in the small passenger ship and recreational boating industry at large. To facilitate the process of capacity building and transfer of know-how in developing countries in SE-Asia, on governmental and industry levels.
We work for and on behalf of various clients worldwide:
-Governmental organizations / Ministries
-Coastal & expedition cruise ship owners, operators and charterers
-River cruise ship owners, operators and charterers
-Mega-yacht owners, brokers, charterers and captains
-Passenger ferry owners and operators
-Recreational boat owners
-Cruise ship and Yacht management companies
-Travel companies, agents and tour operators
-Ship builders and shipyards
-Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours (Switzerland)
-Emerald Waterways (Switzerland)
-French America Line (USA)
-Pandaw Cruises (Singapore)
-Lotus Cruises (Vietnam)
-Compagnie Fluviale du Mekong by CroisiEurope (Cambodia)
-River Advice (Switzerland)
-Ocean Independence (Switzerland)
-The Shipowners P&I Club (UK & Singapore)
-Marshall Islands Registry (Switzerland & The Netherlands)
Our consulting services and rates are clear and transparent; based on 8-hour working days and invoiced on “actual days worked per project”. Long term management consulting services can be provided against a reduced fixed monthly fee. All information between Dutch Swiss Marine and the Client shall always be kept strictly confidential and shall not be disclosed to any other parties.