The Verein der Kanalsteurer e.V. (Canal Helmsmen's Association) is tasked with manning vessels on their passage through the Kiel-Canal with canal helmsmen in order to guarantee safe passage.

Acceptance of new members and the number of canal helmsmen aspirants to be accepted are calculated pursuant to a formula. Summation occurs biannually on January 2 and July 2 of each year.

The need for the acceptance of new members in the Verein der Kanalsteurer e.V. depends on the number of vessels on the Kiel-Canal. Acceptance of new members generally occurs by election. Elected aspirants are then being trained on board the vessels and within the association “Verein der Kanalsteurer e.V”.




Verein der Kanalsteurer e.V.
Schleuseninsel 39
24159 Kiel

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