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Slurink bunkering (The Netherlands)

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Slurink bunkering

A rather elegant flag is seen on this picture, behind Haniel V-W-N and to the left of the `H in cogwheel' flag.
The details are not very clear but luckily the flag has been identified as that of the Dutch bunkering firm, Slurink. The Company website shows the logo:
On a dark blue background is placed a sky-blue disk showing a white swan, swimming on a white wave towards the hoist, behind two blue bolders ("blue" bolders as on the flag they are of the same hue as the field).  In addition, the flag has a broad white stripe containing two smaller blue ones below the disk.

There are flags flying on the `Service 5'.
Link to photo of `Service 4', suggesting that the disk really rests on the stripes.

Slurink in fact consists of three firms i.e. Slurink-Zwaans BV (the second name surely the origin of the swan, making the symbol canting), Verbo BV and Service Centrum Lobith BV.

Service-oriented, Slurink offers mineral oils (mainly Shell) and various articles needed in shipping, mainly inland navigation; see the `Ons netwerk' ("our network") section for the location of the various stations some of which have boats as well.

Verbo is active in Zealand and also caters to fishery; Service Centrum Lobith has a Spar supermarket, a brand well-known in Spain, the Benelux and Germany.

Firm's history as told on the website (briefly): at the end of the 19th Century, Pouwel Slurink of Zwartsluis (*) was a shipchandler and so were his descendants, expanding into sailmaking and transportation of peat which was followed by mineral oils.  Acquisition of various oil merchant firms afer WWII. New bunkering station opened in 1974; after a failed attempt in 1980, merger talks resumed with Zwaans BV in 1985 which were concluded successfully.  Verbo bought in 1991, adding again to the number of stations.  Service Centrum added in 1996, bunkering station in Lobith (Spar supermarket) begun in 1999.

Still a family business, Slurink continues expanding and now represents between 20% and 30% of the Dutch bunkering market.

(*) Zwartsluis is near the eastern shore of what is now the IJsselmeer, formerly the Zuyderzee.
Jan Mertens, 21 May 2006

Yesterday I had a clear view of a small flag on a ship passing the Kostverlorenvaart in Amsterdam, which differed in some details from the image I sent previously;
- the brightblue disk is surrounded by a white ring, which in its turn is surrounded by a blue ring
- it rests on the lowest small stripe
- the stripes are blue, not black as I surmised
Jarig Bakker, 24 Jun 2006

Slurink burgee

[Slurink bunkering burgee] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Jul 2006

An object found on - a burgee of "Zwaans Bunkering", but identified by Jan Mertens as belonging to Slurink Bunkering (incl. Zwaans). It is a blue pennant, with at hoist center the firm's logo (white swan on bright blue between two blue mooring poles; at half flagheight a white stripe with two blue stripes.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jul 2006