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MPV Helvetie in dry dock at Bellerive (Ouchy) in 2011.
Photos by kind courtesy of Erhard Koller

Supporters of the lake Geneva paddlers can breathe a sigh of relief now that Helvetie has been taken into dry-dock at Bellerive for cosmetic attention. Not only will this make her ready for her forthcoming temporary role as a museum ship linked to the Museum of the Olympics at Ouchy, but will ensure that she is not left todeteriorate further after almost nine years of lay-up.

Although it is hard to see how such a large unit can fit into any future CGN timetable, it would appear that one day she will return to service. In June 2011 final confirmation came through that all eight lake Geneva paddlers will be protected as national "monuments" to heritage - one of the terms of the restructuring of the CGN agreed late in 2010

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