Safeguard, preserve and promote interests
of Swiss based shipowners
The association represents all companies controlling and operating vessels from Switzerland
The association has been founded in 1942 to safeguard, preserve and promote the interests of its members.
It participates within national and international non-governmental organizations
It supports the development of shipowning, ship operating and ship management activities based or controlled from Switzerland
The Swiss Shipowners Association today represents a large majority of the vessels controlled from Switzerland
Switzerland is a leading maritime nation
The Swiss Shipowners Association has been created in 1942, following the Swiss government
decision to have an independent Swiss flag fleet able to guarantee supply of the country during the war.
The fleet controlled from Switzerland is among the 15 largest merchant fleets, ranking n°4 in Europe,
and n°9 in the world. Swiss based companies operate presently over 900 vessels.
The Association released a white book on the Swiss maritime sector (May 2020). It states the most important measures to secure the Swiss maritime fleet in a competitive environment
that includes the implementation of a tonnage tax.
Participation in international organisations
Swiss Shipowners Association is a permanent member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and seats in the board. The Association is also member of BIMCO.