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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (15)

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Scarlett Line A/B

[Scarlett Line] image by Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2005
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [lgr95]

Landskrona - white flag, blue "SL".
Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006

[Scarlett Line] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006

Operated the ferry "Dana Scarlett" Landskrona-Tuborg 1985-1994 originally as the L-T Linjen changing to Scarlett Line A/B 1989 according to kommandobryggan site. However Josef NŘsse shows a table flag of blue with very broad white letters and this is supported by the flag shown flying by the ship on a postcard copy I hold.
Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006


[Sea-Link] image by Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999

Another dubious flag. If it's a flag, then it would be white with green stripes along the top and bottom and a very dark blue logo centered. The logo is composed of what could be described as three interconnected tildes forming the letters "SL"
Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999

The flag is confirmed from the Josef NŘsse collection where he domiciles the company as being at Nacka. He also shows another flag in the Sea-Link name domiciled Malm÷. From Lloyds I have located Rederi A/B Sealink at Stockholm [1985], then being shown as Sea Link A/B at Nacka (1992) and finally Rederi A/B Sea-Link at Malm÷ (1996) with all being the same according to Lloyds.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003


House Flag
[Sundbusserne houseflag] image by Antˇnio Martins

Logo flaglet
[Sundebus HH land-based houseflag] image by Antˇnio Martins

The small ferry that took us to and fro [between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsing°r in Denmark, in August '98] belonged to Sundebus HH, and it's houseflag is a 2:3 blue over red per bend with an white uppercase sans serif "M".

Why an "M", I don't know but I can only speculate that this particular houseflag once belonged to a company called "M"-something which was renamed or bought or merged to Sundebus HH.

This may imply that house flags are somehow fixed for sea usage and it is not that easy to change them, like company logos and such (like logo flags for land use). This idea of mine (that might add some weight to the notion that house flags are not that irrelevant) is reinforced by the fact that this very same company Sundebus HH uses in land (poles by the company peer, ticket office etc.) a completely different flag, consisting of a red upper case serif "S" (for Sundebus), on a red bordered white square canton of a 3:2 (and not 2:3!) white and green wavy background.
Antˇnio Martins, 21 October 1999

Sundbusserne, with HH not part of the company name, rather representing the two cities the ferries are running between, Helsing°r and Helsingborg, is no longer running Norwegian colours. They flagged over to the Swedish ship registry and they are running Swedish flag since September 2001. The Sundbusserne are however still a daughter company of the shipowning company A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi in Oslo. (Hence the M in the houseflag - M for Moltzau). Moltzaus no longer have any ships other than Sundbusserne.

At the Sundbusserne home page [] you can find the Sundbusserne logo that seems to be the model of the speculated secondary houseflag of Sundbusserne. As far as I know, it is no houseflag, only a company logo.
Morten ěen, 20 December 2001

The parent company, is/was Moltzau & Christensen of Oslo who operated tankers as Moltzau's Tankrederi A/S from 1930. It seems that in the mid 1960s they started operating ferries having a 1st name of "Sundbuss" through a subsidiary A/S Rendal. In the 1970s, no longer being involved with tankers, the ferries were eventually placed in the name of A/S Moltaus Tankrederi hence the oddity of the name compared with the trade. Around 1990 Sundbusserne A/S was set up at Helsing°r, Denmark to act as managers and by the web address it seems they are still located there even though the vessels have changed registry. Unfortunately they no longer show in my Lloyds shipowning groups so the current update of their activities was helpful.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003