What do you mean by that?
Many people think it is much more demanding to steer a large ship at sea, but this often makes me shake my head. At sea, you could proceed straight ahead for a whole week and nothing would happen. On Lake Zurich, we perform a total of 780 manoeuvres, or landings, with our 17 ships every day.
And is that where things could get tricky?
Yes, exactly. The likelihood of something going wrong is greatest as you set off and as you dock. At these times, the most important thing is to be alert. Once you have moved away from the shoreline there is, essentially, much less danger.
Are you tense during such manoeuvres?
No, stress and tension are inappropriate, because mistakes can happen otherwise. You have to stay calm and keep your head. Then you will be able to cope even with difficult landings – for example, when there are waves and high winds.
What happens if, despite the weather forecast, you are caught by surprise?
That is annoying, of course, but it can always happen in the summer months. You can set out in bright sunshine, and then suddenly a storm catches up with you and the wind lashes across the water at 100 kilometres per hour. In such situations we usually turn into the wind and wait until the worst is over. That is what is meant by the term, ‘weathering the storm’.