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image by Jorge Candeias,
Sinotrans Group was founded in China in 1950. Sinotrans Shipping was
established in Hong Kong in January 2003 as a subsidiary of Sinotrans
Sinotrans Group operates 34 vessels, including 26 dry bulkers.
A photography of the vessel "Great Ambition", shown on the front page of the company website, shows the company house flag as blue with the company emblem in white.
The company emblem shows a stylized representation of the Earth, with in the middle a ribbon bearing the company name.
Source: Sinotrans Shipping website
Ivan Sache, 8 March 2008
image by Jarig Bakker, 25 January 2006; image recoloured by Miles Li, 22 May 2007
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [lgr95]
Blue flag, white circle
containing a white 5-pointed star, two horizontal stripes and a red top.
Jarig Bakker, 25 January 2006
image by Miles Li, 26 May 2016
It is diagonally divided in quarters (per-saltire) white on top and bottom
and red on either side with a blue vertical stripe down the middle. With the
stripe it begins to look a little like a union jack.
Nathan Augustine, 18 April 1996
The Swire Group is a diversified company in Hong Kong, involved in manufacturing, real estate and shipping.
John Swire & Sons Ltd. date from 1875 and the colours were originally
associated with The China Navigation Co. Ltd. which was formed in 1872. The
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Chart of 1885 shows the flag in the name of
Swire and thereafter sources ascribe it to China Navigation with Swires as
managers. At some point Swires have taken over China Navigation and it now
operates as one of their subsidiaries with the flag being common to the group.
Both companies originated in the U.K. with Swire still being based there, the
group being international, and China Navigation are still located in Hong
Neale Rosanoski, 23 January 2003
image by Jan Mertens, 13 April 2011
One day I came across this Shipspotting photo showing ‘Toko HK’, a container
ship bearing on the funnel a green rectangle sporting a white serifed ‘T’:
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=426323 while a genuine
flag drawing for "Toho Line" appears on a container (clickable
The firm no longer exists, having merged with Waiwell Shipping Co. into Sinotrans (HK) Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong in 2003. Obverse the symbolic merger of logos - one of them the green house flag - on this page: http://www.sinotrans-logistics.com/aboutus.asp
Well, I could have known - Josef Nüsse renewed website shows just this flag in table format, about half way down on this page, next to Sinotrans: http://www.flagpole.de/flaggen/welt/asien-ii/
No idea when Toho was founded, photos on the ‘net show general bulk and container ships mainly of the eighties. Still, a more blocky initial ‘T’ could once have been used if we may go by the funnel:
Jan Mertens, 13 April 2011
image by Jorge Candeias
Red, white "T" and "N" centered
and two narrow bars above and below the letters.
Jorge Candeias,, 27 March 2001
In 1995 they relocated to Canada and changed
name to Valles Steamship (Canada) Inc.
Neale Rosanoski, 23 January 2003