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Inland shipping vacancies

The only job board with vacancies for inland shipping jobs with various companies.

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Inland shipping
25 days ago
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Kapitein Sleep haven Antwerpen

1st Captain
Towing vessel
3252 - 4975 / Montly
ASAP
Inland shipping
25 days ago
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Steuermann Donau (German/English speaking)

Steersman
Dry cargo
ASAP
Inland shipping
25 days ago
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Matroos haven Antwerpen

Sailor
2624 - 3923 / Montly
ASAP
Inland shipping
25 days ago
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Captain inland shipping (Permanent or Freelance)

1st Captain
Bulk Carrier
380 - 500 / Daily
ASAP
Inland shipping
Inland shipping
2 months ago
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Captain Rhine Cruise (Freelance optional)

2nd Captain
Passenger ship
ASAP
Inland shipping
Inland shipping
2 months ago
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Stuurman Binnenvaart Containerschip (ZZP mogelijk)

Steersman
Container Ship
2000 - 3200 / Montly
ASAP
Inland shipping
2 months ago
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Skipper / Captain with B-Patent (Unionspatent)

1st Captain
Dry cargo
ASAP

Inland shipping vacancies

Are you looking for a career in inland shipping? JobWave is the only online job board where you can find vacancies for inland shipping jobs with various companies, from sailor to captain. Even if your desired position is not currently listed, we encourage you to sign up for a JobWave profile so we can notify you as soon as a suitable opportunity arises.

Working in inland shipping

Inland shipping is crucial as a transport highway for cargo in modern day Europe. The ships used for this a specially designed to transport goods up and down rivers and are called barges or inland vessels. There is a wide variety of inland barges, all tailored to a specific type of good or purpose. A regular inland barge can transport the equivalent of 140 Truckloads, where the larger combinations of (push)barges can go up to 660 truckloads!

Wide range of inland shipping jobs

As a maritime crewing platform, JobWave offers a comprehensive range of inland shipping vacancies across all inland shipping ranks, from matroos/sailor and skipper to engineer and captain roles. Our network of clients extends from the Netherlands, the heart of inland shipping, along all major European rivers to the Black Sea.

Sub-industries in inland shipping

In inland waterway transport we list vacancies for several subcategories:

Inland waterway transport: this is the largest category, encompassing both modern and brand-new tanker ships, as well as smaller river barges transporting dry cargo. Positions typically follow a 1/1 rotation schedule with shifts ranging from one week to four weeks. For this we list the typical ranks like Matroos, Skipper and Captain.

Inland river cruises: the cruise market on rivers like the Danube and Rhine is expanding, driving up demand for workers. In addition to traditional navigational positions, these ships also hire for hospitality roles such as maids, cooks, waitresses, and bartenders. This industry is heavily influenced by seasonality as many ships only sail in the holiday season.

Other inland shipping positions: In addition to these transport of goods and passengers positions, we also occasionally offer jobs in ports and harbours where inland shipping positions are more supportive. These roles may include inspection, safety, or general assistance in porting barges. These positions often offer a more “normal” work-life rhythm.

Tailored Job Search Experience

On JobWave, you'll find detailed information about each inland shipping vacancy. We provide insights into the requirements and nature of each job. We always try to incorporate as much information as possible about the employer. With a JobWave profile you can create a tailored CV specific to the maritime industry, enhancing your job prospects. Our platform uses smart algorithms to match your qualifications with potential employers when you mark your profile as “open to work”.

Frequently asked question about inland shipping vacancies

Apart from the working permit or visa requirements, one can start as a deckhand from the age of 16. The first thing you will need is an inland shipping sailorbook. European countries with an inland shipping industry will likely have an authority that gives out these documents and will provide information on how to progress through the ranks. These countries offer formal educational programmes to work your way up in inland shipping. For countries that do not have such an authority one should look at obtaining a sailor book with the Dutch or German authorities. To progress your career there will be certain (safety) trainings you need to complete and an amount of experience, measured in days on board. More information on this you can read in our blog.
No, you do not need to have a European passport to join the inland shipping industry in Europe. However, you will need to have a valid passport from your country of origin with a valid Visa to work in Europe or a (temporary) residence permit. There are specialised companies to guide you through this process, like our partner Flexbox Crewing.
The salary of a sailor in inland shipping can vary greatly, making it difficult to give a definitive answer. As inland shipping is literally cross-border, salaries are influenced by the local tax and social security rules applicable to the contract. Factors such as your skills, qualifications, language proficiency, and market demand play an important role. In general, the salary of a sailor can range from €800 to €2,500. With a few years of experience, and particularly under contracts from countries such as Switzerland or Luxembourg, this can increase to €3,000 gross per month.
The salary of an inland captain in Europe can vary significantly, depending on a multitude of factors, making it challenging to provide a definitive answer. Inland shipping, by its very nature, transcends borders, and salaries are consequently influenced by the local tax and social security regulations governing the employment contract. Additionally, factors such as an individual's skills, qualifications, language proficiency, and market demand play a pivotal role in determining their compensation package.

In general, the salary range for inland captains in Europe falls between €2,500 and €5,000 per month. However, for experienced captains with Rhine Patents, AND-certificates, and those holding the position of 1st Captain on a KVB or chemical tanker, particularly under contracts from countries like Switzerland or Luxembourg, their compensation can reach up to €7,500 gross per month.
The idea of working on a (river) cruise ship appeals to many people. However, it's important to recognize that it's a demanding job with long hours and relatively modest pay. Before embarking on this journey, carefully consider the specific position you're seeking. Start by exploring career and development opportunities with local branches of reputable river cruise companies like Viking. Additionally, sign up with JobWave and complete your profile so we can notify you of suitable opportunities.
In inland shipping we have the following ranks, they are similar to seafaring positions but require specific certificates and qualifications: Deckman, Licht-Matroos, Matroos, Volmatroos, Stuurman, Stuurman GVB, Skipper, Captain. You can read more about the differences in these rankings in our blogpost about Inland shipping ranks.