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Fluß-Schiffahrts-Kontor Hamburg (German Shipping Company)

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Fluß-Schiffahrts-Kontor Hamburg

[Fluß-Schiffahrts-Kontor Hamburg] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Mar 2009

Fluß-Schiffahrts-Kontor Hamburg
It is a 5-striped flag with 5 horizontal alternating celestial blue and white stripes. The third at the hoist is chequered of the same colours with a white canton having black capitals "FSK".
The flag was identified with help from J. Nüsse.
Source: I spotted this flag at Billwerder Bucht in Hamburg on 30 April 2007
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Mar 2009

The German inland shipping company FSK (Fluss-Schiffahrts-Kontor GmbH i.e. Riverine Shipping Office) is based in the Hamburg port area. Company website, showing the house flag as a drawing. Largely made up of privately owned vessels, the FSK fleet is specialized in transporting wheat, malt, and other agricultural products mainly in Northern Germany, and to other ports on request. Bulk goods (fertilizer, sand, gravel, wood, coils, etc.) are carried all over Europe; heavy special loads are also accepted. Among FSK's related activities are financial advice concerning vessels, insurance, centralized freighting arrangements, and human relations administration.

When Claus Friedemann and some business partners founded the firm in 1953, they wanted to provide a successor to the Elbe-Schiffarts-Kontor, the fleet of which was owned by Deutsche Maizena-Werke (in its turn owned by US company, Corn Products) but sold to Rhenania. Local offices were established in Berlin and Duisburg, the latter being FSK's seat from 1960 on (moved to Hamburg in 1995).  The well-known German logistics firm Kühne & Nagel took over 25% of the shares in 1998. Five years later FSK took over most of Peute Reederei.

I would have expected that the house flag's drawing was a faithful rendition.The basis of the flag are five horizontal stripes blue-white-blue-white-blue, with one third of the flag, near the hoist, taken up by a white canton bearing black initials "FSK" (no serifs), height two horizontal stripes, and the rest of this area chequered blue and white, starting with blue, height three horizontal stripes. There is a visible difference to the drawing as its initialled and checkered part takes up well-nigh half of the flag.  Luckily, where else but on German eBay would above flag photo have appeared?  It was offered by "lz530", item no. 330041623154, end 31 October 2006, dimensions given as  0,90 m by 1,50 m.
Jan Mertens, 5 July 2007

Peute Reederei

[Peute Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 May 2009

Peute Reederei - The company is located in Hamburg and, according to Josef Nüsse, today belongs to Polish Odratrans group. The Peute is a peninsula in Hamburg's backyard harbour area in the southeast of the city.
It is a white pennant divided by horizontal red over blue stripes, which are superimposed by black handwriting "P" and, slightly lower "R".
Source: I spotted this flag at Billwerder Bucht/Hamburg on 30 April 2007.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 May 2009

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