RIVER - Captain





  • Safe navigation of the ship in compliance with all statutory regulations
  • To make sure that the guests feel comfortable
  • To be a role model for the entire crew





  • In case of high or low water, damage and technical problems the Captain and the Program Director must take ownership and inform the guests accordingly
  • Train and motivate employees. Ensure Viking’s grooming standards are followed at all times
  • Train new 1st Officers and 2nd Officers with patent
  • Conduct frequently scheduled ship inspections
  • Organization of dumpsters and drinking water
  • Regular checks of mooring lines’ and wires’ condition on a monthly basis
  • Participation in meetings and company relevant trainings
  • Good contact with the authorities, WSP, port authorities, etc.
  • Act as a brand ambassador on behalf of Viking: social obligations towards our guests (presence in public areas, welcome cocktail, Captain's dinner)
  • Attend Cruise Start Meeting with Hotel Manager and Program Director before every cruise, communicate expected changes accordingly and immediately



  • Ensure safe ship operation even in difficult weather / water level conditions
  • Cost-conscious use of all energy resources (fuel, lubricants, etc.)
  • Compliance with timetables and lock times to avoid incidents


Administration, Communication

  • Check whether the necessary patents for the driven route are present on board
  • Check if the nautical crew’s service books contain the necessary qualifications for the operating form A1, A2, or B
  • Daily update of the crew scheduling
  • Check and update certificates, credentials, and approvals
  • Responsible for the administrative process and timely submission of all reports
  • Exchange information with the involved departments (Management, Operations, technical department)
  • Attend nautical meetings (also remotely and during the season on a higher frequency)



  • Overall responsibility for safety on board the ship
  • Compliance with the compulsory guidelines, instructions (nautical manual, safety manual) and laws
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene and order on board
  • In an emergency, the Captain takes over the command of the entire crew




  • At least 1 year of work experience as a Captain/several years as a 1st Officer
  • Interested in further education (eg. certificate extension, language skills)
  • Independent and flexible
  • Decisive and assertive
  • Strong team worker and able to train/ lead the crew
  • Shows ambition and initiative; perseverant
  • Genuine interest in guest communication

Depending in which geographical area you are eligible to sail you need to fulfill the following obligatory requirements:


- Rhine license km 1’000 – 167 (Amsterdam – Basel)
- Radar
- Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
- Languages: German and English (mandatory), Dutch and French are an asset


- Complete Danube license
- Radar
- Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
- Languages: German and English (mandatory), Russian is an asset


- Longeur illimitée
- Radar
- Safety Expert (expert)
- Languages: French and English (mandatory), German is an asset



Job description – Contract – Company Rules and Regulations –
Onboard ABC Nautical – Uniform Regulation – Manual

Supervisors: Director Nautical / Corporate Captain


Captain gives instructions to: Crew

Co-operation with: Hotel Manager, Program Director, Engineer, Administration in Head Office Basel

“As for conditions — in terms of contracts, special benefits and vacations during the season — Viking is far above average within the industry.”

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