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Last modified: 2008-08-30 by jarig bakker
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W. Maas

[W. Maas houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 24 Jul 2008

‘W. Maas B.V. Internationale Scheepsbevrachtingen’ is a Dutch international maritime – or waterway – freighting office at Maasbracht, an inland port on the River Maas.  According to various internet directories, the firm specializes in sand and gravel transportation.
The company is not large but it flies an interesting house flag obviously inspired by the provincial one (Limburg): Recently offered on Marktplaats (Dutch auction site), the house flag of W. Maas is horizontally divided white-blue-yellow, a red lion rampant (crowned, double-tailed) in the hoist and the name ‘W.MAAS’ in white on the blue stripe.
This was offer no. 173162067 dated 3 Jun 2008 put up by “Ghis” (Westdorpe, Zeeland) who adds that the flag is made of nylon and measures 105 cm x 142 cm.

Other examples of modified provincial flags in inland shipping are Aerts (modelled on Zeeland); and (placing the complete provincial arms on the house flag) Noord-Brabant,  the blue flag in the middle.
Jan Mertens, 23 Jul 2008

Maaskade Bevrachtingskantoor

[Maaskade houseflag] image by Jos Telleman, 12 Nov 2006

Another houseflag sent by Jos Telleman: Maaskade Bevrachtingskantoor (Freighting Office), Zwijndrecht (Zuid-Holland) & Gent (Oost-Vlaanderen). Flag: white - blue - white, proportioned c. 12:4:1; in top center the firm's logo; on blue "Maaskade" in white.

Company homepage with a clear view of the houseflag. Info from that site:
"Maaskade Forwarders is specialised in the transport of non-hazardous liquids by inland tanker on all European inland waterways. Maaskade Forwarders possesses the largest fleet of inland tankers for the transport of non-hazardous products.
After starting in 1961 with two 200-ton molasses tankers, these days Maaskade Forwarders serves the market with a fleet of over forty inland tankers varying in capacity from 300 to 2,000 tons. In 1961 Maaskade Forwarders transported mainly molasses and vinasses for the animal feed and fermentation industry.
Now, over 40 years later, Maaskade Forwarders still serves the fermentation and animal feed industry but also the food-, paper-, wine-industries and various other markets.
Jarig Bakker, 12 Nov 2006

Maatschappij Vrachtvaart

[Maatschappij Vrachtvaart houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 19 Sep 2007

N.V. Maatschappij Vrachtvaart, Rotterdam.
Flag: red field, white "MV".
Source: Wyt's Digest of Dutch Shipping and Shipbuilding, 1966.
Jarig Bakker, 19 Sep 2007


[MES houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Jan 2005

Maatschappij to Exploitatie van Stoomvaart, Rotterdam.
Flag: blue field, in fly white "M", in canton the Dutch colors..
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 27 Jan 2005


[Millingen houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Jan 2005

Scheepvaart Maatschappij Millingen (G.H. Spliethoff), Rotterdam.
Flag: blue field, white diamond, blue "M".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 27 Jan 2005


[Minoltra houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Jun 2006

This Dutch firm proclaims right away what it is about on the company site - “chartering & riverbarges / for inland coastal transports of mineral oil products and semi-chemical products”.  In the ‘Info’ section we learn that Minoltra was founded in 1998 and operates barges between 1000 and 3500 metric tonnes in an area comprising the Benelux countries, France, Germany, and reaching into Switzerland.

Minoltra's business seat is Alblasserdam, a village situated - roughly - between Rotterdam and Dordrecht.

The Vlootschouw site shows the Minoltra houseflag here (vessel ‘Emma’ page):  Two large triangles, the upper one blue and the lower one yellow, have their bases on the hoist and define a small black triangular area where they overlap.  In the white triangular fly is placed the image of a black vessel on a blue stylized wave, sailing towards the hoist.

For a photo, see Michael Harms’s site, click ‘Gallery’ then ‘Binnenschiffe’, select ‘Tankschiffe’ and once there, the Belgian vessel ‘Arnaud’.
Jan Mertens, 20 Jun 2006

Moerman Kustvaart

[Moerman Kustvaart] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2006

Kustvaartbedrijf Moerman B.V., Schiedam.
Flag: horizontal green - white - green, in center white disk, green "M".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95].
Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2006


[Mijnster houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2006

Mijnster zand– en grinthandel bv’ (Mijnster Sand and Gravel Trading Co.) is a firm established at Gorinchem and Zwijndrecht, river towns not far from Rotterdam, Netherlands.
As explained on its website: Mijnster is not only involved in producing sand and gravel but also in construction, dredging, warehousing and the like, two recent examples being delivering a new kind of gravel mix to serve in railway foundations and strengthening dykes in Zeeland.  These activities (see the photos on the site) call for a fleet of specialized vessels.

Details on this fleet are found under ‘vloot’: the names of the various vessels (suction dredgers, transport barges, pontoons, etc.) are clickable, leading to descriptions and photos some of which show the house flag e.g. ‘Taurus’ and ‘Zagri 3’.

Said house flag has a simple design: divided by an ascending diagonal line into yellow (upper) and blue (lower) triangles, bearing a blue initial ‘M’ in the upper hoist and a small yellow four-pointed star in the lower fly.
Jan Mertens, 12 Apr 2006

I just observed the real flag on board the "Devensteyn" with a 5-pointed star on the Kostverlorenvaart in Amsterdam. The "flag" Jan reported is the trademark of the firm, also depicted on the ship's funnel.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2006


[MZC houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 3 Aug 2008

Wambersie & Zoon, already mentioned in a message of 15 Jul 2008: ‘Stoomvaart Mij. "Atlas" (NL)’ were also instrumental in founding (when?) EmZetCo or ‘Middellandsche Zeevaart Cie’ (Mediterranean Shipping Co.).
For a time at least this shipping company was managed by Anthony Veder, who later would have his own firm. EmZetCo was wound up in 1939.
Also shown in the 1925 Rotterdam source, the striking house flag was royal? blue bearing a yellow serpent – facing the fly – biting its own tail and enclosing yellow ‘MZC’ initials, placed 2 and 1.
Jan Mertens, 24 Jul 2008