The most important partner
of the CGN for the safeguard
of her Belle Epoque fleet
The most important partner of the CGN for the safeguard of her Belle Epoque fleet

About us

The Association des amis des bateaux à vapeur du Léman (ABVL) is a non-profit association which endeavours to secure funding to conserve the eight Belle Epoque boats of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN) – Montreux, Vevey, Italie, La Suisse, Savoie, Simplon, Helvétie and Rhône – and keep them in regular service. It is registered on the Canton of Vaud trade register;

Founded in June 2002 by true enthusiasts keen to ensure the survival of this fleet which had suddenly found itself in danger for financial reasons, it now boasts some 20,000 sponsors and almost 4,000 active members.

Thanks to the donations collected by the ABVL, seven of the eight Belle Epoque boats of the CGN have been partially or fully renovated.

To date, the ABVL has collected donations totalling more than CHF 35 million. The funds provided by the ABVL since its creation in 2002 represent approximately 35% of the total amount invested in renovating the fleet.

 

Structure of the association

The organs of the ABVL are the general meeting, the committee and the auditors.

The general meeting is the highest body of the ABVL. It meets once a year.

 

Articles of association

You can consult these by clicking on: ABVL – articles of association (in french)

 

The Pro Vapore Foundation

In 2006, the ABVL created a foundation based in Geneva with the same statutory purpose as its own, to which it entrusts the funds collected.

Pro Vapore is registered on the Canton of Geneva trade register and operates under the auspices of the Foundations Supervisory Service. It is exempt from taxes.

Working in close cooperation with its sponsors, the CGN and the ABVL, the foundation handles questions relating to the management and provision of the funds collected.

Maurice Decoppet
President

Yves de Siebenthal
Vice President

François Bosshard
Secretary

Thomas Beck
Treasurer

Luc-Antoine Baehni
Former CEO of the CGN, member

Sébastien Buet, Hotelier in Evian (F)
Member

Yves de Gunten
Member

Carole Hosp
Head of Sales and Private Cruises at the CGN, member

Antoine Jaquenoud
Assistant Project Manager, member

Jean-François Kung, Mayor of Yvoire (F)
Member

Jean Jacques Schwaab
Lawyer, member

Evelyne Chevallaz Belotti
Communication & Administration Officer

Christine Biolley
Accounting Officer & Administrative Assistant

Yves de Siebenthal
President, Vice President of the ABVL

Maurice Decoppet
Vice President, President of the ABVL

Ernest Cardis
Member, La Tour-de-Peilz

Hugues Martin
Member, Prangins

Stéphane Masson
Member, Ecublens