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Houseflags of Japanese shipping companies

Last modified: 2006-09-23 by phil nelson
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Nippon Kisen K.K.

[Nippon Kisen K.K.] image by Phil Nelson
Source: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ste63]

Nippon Kisen K.K. merged 1994 into Kobe Nippon Kisen K.K.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003

Nippon Suisan K.K.

[Nippon Suisan K.K.] image by Al Fisher

Nippon Suisan K.K. Sources give conflicting formation dates between 1907 and 1919. Still operating as a fishing company and involved in whaling until 1976.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003

Nippon Salvage Co., Ltd.

[Nippon Salvage Co. Ltd.] image by Ivan Sache
Source: The World Salvage Directory

Blue flag with a red stripe per bend, charged with the letters N S C in white.

Based in Tokyo, the company joined forces with other ISU members to respond to the pollution emergency when the Russian tanker 'Nakhodka' broke in two in the Sea of Japan, in January 1997.
Ivan Sache, June 24, 2001

Nippon Salvage K.K. dates from 1934. I have seen a diagram of another flag being green with a red bend bearing the white letters on the same angle as the bend which appears to relate to a 1940 vessel but lack the article which would give the background. However it is suspect.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2003

Nippon Steel Shipping

[Nippon Steel Shipping] image by Jarig Bakker

Blue with white diamond charged with red N.
Jarig Bakker, 22 October 2003

In Japanese this is Nittetsu Kotetsu Kaiun K.K. which was formed 1948 as Nippo Kisen K.K. (Japan Country Steamship Co.) and later taken over by Shinnihon Seitetsu K.K. [Japanese Steel Corporation] changing name in 1991 and usually known by its English title and being the shipping arm of the Corporation. Some sources show a white flag with a broad blue horizontal band bearing the diamond and letter but this apparently is an incorrect rendering originating from the funnel band.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004