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Your Captain for the Northwest European inland navigation

Bart van der Meer steers your ship safely to its destination

The life on board a ship is not for everyone – but it's my passion. I have been enthusiastically gathering nautical experience as a harbour master, sailor, helmsman and captain since 1991. In addition to this, I have a broad wealth of knowledge as a businessman and entrepreneur.

You can hire me as a freelance river captain for your passenger ship, tanker, sailing vessel, patrol ship or ferry. Whether ARA, North France, Elbe, Rhine, Moselle, Main or Main-Danube Canal - I cover the entire Northwest European inland network.

I have long-standing partnerships with Arosa, RSR Nemo and River Advice. Among my clients are also Cruiseline, Nijmegen, EXHO Binnenvaart and Inland Crewing Rotterdam. As a river captain, colleague and host, I am also fully committed to your passengers and your name. Hire me now!

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Contact us at +49 (0) 9221 8234 900 or by E-Mail.

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The captain together with his crew welcomes the guests on board
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My core values


Every voyage is full of challenges. Because I always look ahead and navigate all waters with the necessary respect, I bring your guests and your passenger ship safely to their destination, even in the harshest conditions.

Team spirit

For me, every position on board matters - regardless of gender, origin, religion, rank, experience, language, skin colour, political views and sexual orientation.


You can build trust by always giving more than others expect of you. I keep my promises - even if I have to put in a little more effort to do so.


I will live up to your guests expectations and make their journey truely something to remember.


The Euro Captain® is your reliable partner who will do whatever it takes in an emergency to insure that your journey can continue immediately. That's a promise!


Only those who show interest in others can inspire others. On your ship I am not only the captain but also a role model, a host, a risk manager and a team leader.

I am also passionate about



I love nature and Europe's waterways. That's why I conserve resources and power my headquarters with solar energy.

Knowledge transfer

I love passing on my knowledge and experience to trainees and apprentices on board my ships.


I like to get involved with young talent and social projects. So every year I donate a part of my proceeds to charity.


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