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Armement Deppe (Shipping company, Belgium)

Compagnie Nationale Belge de Transports Maritimes

Last modified: 2005-11-12 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Armement Deppe

Armement Deppe was based in Antwerp and specialised in the route to Central and South America. In 1960, the Compagnie Maritime Belge took over Armement Deppe.

The Eurosal consortium was built between nine European and South American ship owners: Johnson Line, Armement Deppe, Compania Naviera Marasia (Madrid), Compania Sud-Americana de Vapores (Valparaiso), Hapag-Lloyd (Hamburg/Bremen), Lineas Navieras Bolivianas (La Paz), Nedlloyd (Rotterdam), Pacific Steam Navigation Company (Liverpool) and Transportes Navieros Ecuatorianos (Guayaquil). In 1987 Empremar (Chile) and CNP (Peru) joined the Eurosal consortium.


The CMB website, however, says that some lines were discontinued due to oil crises and the resulting economic difficulties, during the late seventies/early eighties. Armement Deppe is not mentioned by name, but I suspect it was among the victims.

Jan Mertens, 5 November 2003

The company was formed in 1863 as Adolph Deppe; it merged on 1 January 1984 into N.V. CMB S.A.. The firm appears to have operated other companies which were possibly subsidiaries. One of these, Compagnie Royale Belgo-Argentine S.A. was formed in 1906 with its last ship showing absorbed under Armement Deppe in the early 1960s.

Neale Rosanoski, 16 November 2004

House flags of Armement Deppe

[House flag of Deppe]

House flag of Armement Deppe - Image by Jarig Bakker, 7 November 2003, after All about Ships and Shipping, 1934 [har34].

The house flag of Armement Deppe is shown in Larousse Commercial (1930) as a white flag with a broad blue border (1/5 of flag height); in the middle a red rosette between blue letters A and D. The funnel was yellow.

Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels, published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. (1911), also available online thanks to the Mystic Seaport Foundation, shows a similar house flag for Adolf Deppe, also called Compagnie Belge de Transports Maritimes.

Jan Mertens, 6 May 2004

[House flag of Deppe]

House flag of Armement Deppe, 1934 variant? - Image by Jorge Candeias, 17 April 2005

This is the original flag which may have altered between the World Wars. Brown's Flags and Funnels (1929) shows this flag but in the 1934 edition the central flower emblem shows a target of red, yellow and black (inner), the outer edged of the red being serrated. Possibly this is just a variation of the design portrayal and I have not found anyone commenting on a change. Talbot-Booth has used the same design for his books between 1936 [tbb36] and 1949 whilst Brown, in 1951 and 1958 [wed58] shows it just as a roundel without the outer serrations. Everyone else, before during and after, show the version as shown here.

Neale Rosanoski, 16 November 2004