As a means of transport with a millennia-old tradition and a promising future, inland navigation participates with around 10 per cent in the total volume of goods. Besides, while roads and railways are increasingly congested, waterways demonstrably have capacity reserves, not to mention their fundamental ecological benefits.

The prospects for long-term jobs in this branch are more than favourable for future generations – provided that they take this opportunity. Future will show how increasing trainee numbers may be reconciled with a stagnating number of companies.

So why not take advantage of the numerous opportunities for self-employment if you are an experienced boatman?