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Inland Shipping (The Netherlands and Belgium)

Binnenscheepvaart (België/Nederland)

Last modified: 2006-09-09 by jarig bakker
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Dutch/Belgian Inland Navigation Associations

On this site we find following information: Kantoor Binnenvaart (Inland Navigation office) is a co-operative society of several entrepreneurs and interest-groups for inland shipping in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Jan Mertens, 26 Nov 2003

Bureau Voorlichting Binnenvaart

[Bureau Voorlichting Binnenvaart flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 26 Aug 2006

This flag, seen and giffed by Jarig, represents the Dutch ‘Bureau Voorlichting Binnenvaart’ i.e. “Inland Shipping Information Agency”.
A white curved line starting in the lower hoist and ending as a straight line high in the fly divides two fields, the upper one sky blue and the lower one, green; in the green field are placed a large itialic initial ‘B’ and to the right of it, a white-bordered blue disk containing a white italic initial ‘v’ (lower case).

Website of this organization (interesting flagoid leads to English version).
On this page (centre photo of third row, clickable) we can see the flag flying on the ‘Vysa’, along with the Aerts house flag, already at FOTW-ws.

Quote from BVB website:  "The Inland Shipping Information Agency is an independent organisation that aims to promote water-based transport by means of promotion and information.  (…)  The BVB also plays an active role in promoting relations between the various parties in the industry, such as transporters, shippers and the authorities. In doing so, the interests of the sector as a whole are always the priority. (…)  The agency informs all organisations within the sector about the policies, activities and results to date.  The main BVB sponsors are a large number of inland shipping operators, shipping companies and suppliers. In addition, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Rotterdam Municipal Port Authority and the Schuttevaer Weekly support the BVB.”
Jan Mertens, 26 Aug 2006


[CBOB flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2006

CBOB is the "Christelijke Bond van Ondernemers in de Binnenvaart" (Christian Union of Entrepeneurs in Inland Shipping) in the Netherlands.
It has its secretariat in Rotterdam and tries to support small family businesses.
I found no website, some info is here - a link reported by Jan Mertens some time ago.
This afternoon I observed a cbob-flag in the Hem-haven between Amsterdam and Zaanstad - and it is hung at this page.
The flag consists of horizontal stripes orange - white - orange - white - blue - white - blue - white - orange of varying width; on the second highest (white) stripe "cbob" in blue in the form of a ship.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2006

Nederlandse RK Bond van Reders en Schippers St. Nicolaas

[St Nicholas Ass. flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Nov 2003

On this site we find following flags:
Nederlandse RK Bond van Reders en Schippers St. Nicolaas (Dutch Roman Catholic Association of Shipowners and Shippers St Nicholas), Rotterdam, NL.  This particular saint is venerated by seamen and by extension, inland shippers.
Flag: horizontal horizontal Green - Yellow - Green, Black letters S St N.
Jan Mertens, 26 Nov 2003

Vereniging Belgische Reders der Binnen- en Rijnvaart

[Belgian Inland Shippers] image by Jarig Bakker, 27 Nov 2003

On this site we find following flags:
Vereniging Belgische Reders der Binnen- en Rijnvaart (Association of Belgian Shipowners of Inland and Rhine Navigation), Schoten, BE.
Flag: Yellow with narrow Blue horizontal edges, Red letters VBR. (Perhaps the thin black lines are part of the design.).
Jan Mertens, 26 Nov 2003

Onafhankelijke Nederlandse Schippersvakbond

[Independent Dutch Shippers] image by Jarig Bakker, 20 May 2006

Marktplaats, a Dutch site comparable to eBay, had a real item on offer under no. 1832803613, now withdrawn.
Quote from this site, translated (where 'shippers' means 'people operating their own barge'):
"The Onafhankelijke Nederlandse Schippersvakbond (Independent Dutch Shippers' Association) (...wants to...) defend the socio-economic interests of its members in order to guarantee optimized professional activities in inland navigation.  The ONS board is exclusively made up of shippers."
Seat: Rotterdam.
Jan Mertens, 26 Apr 2006


[Schuttevaer flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 9 Mar 2005

Jan Mertens reported this link. Koninklijke Schuttevaer (the main Dutch Inland Shipping Society) - orange flag; in top a white crown; in center white "S"; in bottom a wavy blue stripe fimbriated white. - it edits the magazine Schuttevaer, read eagerly by the Mertens family, as dad Mertens was a civil servant working for the Belgian Department of Inland Shipping. Schuttevaer was founded in 1849.
Jarig Bakker, 9 Mar 2005