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Van Nieuwpoort (The Netherlands)

freighting company van Nieuwpoort Grint & Zand BV

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[Van Nieuwpoort houseflag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 Dec 2006 See also:

Van Nieuwpoort

On this Vlootschouw page is a houseflag: simply blue with many N’s in white, flying on inland vessel ‘Barco’.  A bit further down we find the logo and the name of freighting company van Nieuwpoort Grint & Zand BV.
Website of this company situated at Gouda (roughly, between Amsterdam and Rotterdam), English version: Van Nieuwpoort is essentially a gravel and sand extractor and producer, thereby serving the construction industry, in fact offering a wide array of products.  Founded in 1905 in the Gouda area, a family business offering sand and coal ash to local clients expanded so as to employ boats and dredging for sand or digging out gravel.  Taking over various similar firms, the company kept expanding not least thanks to the introduction of readymix concrete.  Lastly, Van Nieuwpoort has a serious interest in R&D.

On the waterway transport side, the homepage affirms the regular use of about a hundred boats, a small number of which are owned.  As to details of what is transported – or produced – the left menu comes in handy (coloured squares).
The house flag in the national colours may well be used alongside the blue one, or both may play a different role; at least we know that the second one has been used for waterborne transport.
Jan Mertens, 8 Dec 2006

Van Nieuwpoort pennant

[Van Nieuwpoort pennant] image sent by Jan Mertens, 12 Nov 2009

I may add the pennant counterpart of the first version. The blue is not very dark but surely these are the national colours?
Source: Marktplaats (Dutch auction site) offer no. 291558487 (accessed 8 Nov 2009) put up by “skipvlag”, giving dimensions as 0.45 [m] x 0.70 [m].
On the other hand, the flag currently featured on the company site is the blue-and-white one: also seen here.
Jan Mertens, 12 Nov 2009

Van Nieuwpoort bis

[Van Nieuwpoort houseflag 2] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 Feb 2006