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Last modified: 2006-07-08 by jarig bakker
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Bevrachtingskantoor Gebr. Aerts

[Gebr. Aerts flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 20 May 2006, artwork by Mark Sensen.

The choice of house flag is rather surprising.  See this website, the modest web presence of a freighting agency named after the Aerts brothers, situated at Ridderkerk to the SE of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
As the name says, this company arranges transport i.e. in inland navigation, shipment by tanker excluded.  Vessels are chartered or owned (number not given, but between 500 to 3000 metric tonnes).
The house flag is the Zeeland provincial flag partly obscured, or defaced, by a vertical white panel near the hoist bearing in black the name AERTS. The letters are arranged vertically. I suppose the Aerts brothers hail from Zeeland, as Ridderkerk is in Zuid-Holland province.
The Aerts flag can be seen on a vessel ‘MVS Fewi’ (photo) and further down the page (drawing) here.
The choice of flag may very well express pride and local patriotism.
Jan Mertens, 17 Apr 2006


[Alphatron flag] image by Gerard van der Vaart, 17 Apr 2005

Gerard van der Vaart has been involved in a project for the preservation of a tugboat in Maassluis (Zuid-Holland province). He took several pictures of flagged tugs (mostly signalling flag), with in the center houseflags of tugging companies.
Alphatron, a company supplying nautical instruments, one of the main sponsors of the event - white field black "ALPHATRON" the "O" filled red.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005


NV Rederij Amsterdam image by Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2001

Houseflag of N.V. Reederij "Amsterdam", Amsterdam.
Image from Flagchart of houseflags of Dutch shipping companies, attached to the magazine "De Blauwe Wimpel", April 1956.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Feb 2001

Amsterdam-Londen Lijn "Starintex"

[ALL flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 8 July 2004

Source: flagchart "Vlaggen in de haven van Amsterdam" (flags in the harbour of Amsterdam)
Ship: Jean E.
Blue with a narrow yellow hoist; on blue in top capitals "A. L. L."; in bottom "Starintex". Starintex is a Swedish quick-delivery firm.
Jarig Bakker, 8 July 2004

Amsterdam-London Lijn "Starintex". "Starintex" N.V. which operated as the Amsterdam-London Lijn in the late 1960s-early 1970s was a Dutch company based in Amsterdam.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 Jan 2005

Amsterdamse Ballast

[Amsterdamse Ballast houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Sep 2005

Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95].
Amsterdamse Ballast Bagger en Grond B.V., Amstelveen - white over blue flag; in the center the firm's logo.
Jarig Bakker, 23 Sep 2005


[ANSM houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 1 Jan 2005

Algemeene Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Maatschappij, Rotterdam - blue flag, white diamond, black "ANSM" in black.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 1 Jan 2005


[ARPA Shipping] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2003

Dov Gutterman spotted this website of ARPA Shipping, Roosendaal, Netherlands - houseflag: White with black (?) circle, charged with an eight-pointed star countercharged red and blue (the image is rather dim, so I could have seen it wrong)
Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2003