ABVL was created in 2002 and so we celebrate this year our 20-year anniversary! The contributions of our donators, collected during two decades, decisively completed the main financing through the three Cantons Vaud, Genève and Valais, permitting to this day the partial or total renovations of seven out of the eight Belle Epoque boats of the “Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman” (CGN). In fact, more than 35 million Swiss Francs have been collected by ABVL, which corresponds to approximately one third of the global amount invested in the safeguard of the fleet, classified as a historical monument in 2011.
We want to pursue our engagement with determination and enthusiasm, because this fleet unique in the world will need permanent maintenance and major renovations approximately every 30 years. This means that we will have to meet considerable challenges in the coming years. Two boats still need to be restored until 2030: “Simplon” and “Helvétie” (the eighth).
In view of this, ABVL has decided to finance a pre-study of the coming renovations, which is the object of our actual fund-raising. You will find all information in a document called Recherche de fonds “Simplon” et “Helvétie” (in french).
A tremendous thanks for your precious support!