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Dettmer Group (German Shipping and Logistics Companies)

Bernhard Dettmer Reederei GmbH und Co. KG Bremen

Last modified: 2012-07-21 by klaus-michael schneider
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B.Dettmer Reederei

B.Dettmer Reederei GmbH und Co. KG Bremen - Bernhard Dettmer was working for an old and well known shipping company in Bremen. Therefore he knew much about the business of inland shipping and short sea shipping as well. On 1 August 1947 he established his own company, Nordwestdeutscher Frachtverkehr B.Dettmer und Co. Bremen, together with his brother Wilhelm Dettmer. The company first was established as a mere freight company, loading and deloading the vessels of private shipowners. The shipowners give their ship, their crew and their know-how. The freight company is in charge of the loading, the financial transactions, the treaties and the publicity, a business based on knowing and trusting one another. After the break-even the Dettmers began to build up an own fleet and in 1954 the company had 12 ships, building up another three new ones.
Source: company website,  based on primary source: "Chronik Freie Hansestadt Bremen 1955".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 June 2007

Today the ‘D’ initialled flag of Dettmer, a German shipping company based at Bremen, appeared on the Flaggenkunde discussion list.
Dettmer certainly deserves a presentation but today I’ll just send an image of the flag, drawn, as it appears on the firm’s website (English version): white diamond (almost touching the flag’s edges) bearing a black serifed initial ‘D’.
For a photo of the flag, select ‘Tanker Shipping’ on above site and scroll down till you encounter  a group of employees (photo clickable) standing in front of  it.  Another photo, that of the inland barge ‘Hamburg’ (Binnenvaart site), shows the flag in action.  The drawn version however does not show the initial and diamond as they appear at the Dettmer site.
As the Dettmer shipping company conveniently presents itself in English, let us profit by it: Highlights from the ‘Company’ section:
‘B. Dettmer Reederei GmbH & Co. KG’, founded at Bremen in 1947 by the brothers Bernhard and Wilhelm Dettmer, is still a family business engaged in inland navigation, transporting bulk goods as well as liquids.  Local offices are established at Duisburg, Nürnberg and Hamburg.  Over the course of the years, Dettmer has developed a complete logistics chain including stevedoring and container packing.
As regards shipping, vessels between 1000 – 3000 metric tonnes as well as larger ones under a joint venture scheme ply the waterways of the Rhine and Danube rivers (and their hinterlands), connecting  them to the German seaports, etc.  Dettmer tankers serving the oil industry centre on Magdeburg which an intermodel transport centre; the firm’s own bunker boat operates at Duisburg.
The website’s ‘History’ section is extensive and interesting. We learn for instance that the firm was originally known as ‘Nordwestdeutscher Frachtverkehr B. Dettmer & Co.,’ (i.e. North West German Transportation B. Dettmer & Co.) and that during the difficult pioneer period barges were chartered, not owned.
More needs to be said but I think it is better to split up various Dettmer related firms according to name.  However in general it may be said that the Dettmer funnel – where available – resembles the house flag which itself is often found painted on the steering cabin, as many Binnenvaart site photos show.
Jan Mertens, 8 Sep 2006

B.Dettmer pennant

[B.Dettmer pennant] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jun 2007

I spotted both, flag and pennant in Hamburg, Billwerder Bucht on 6 April 2007. The flag is hoisted on the mast, the pennant is stuck upon the prow.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jun 2007

Dettmer Logistics

[Dettmer Logistics] image located by Jan Mertens, 10 Sep 2006

Umbrella company to Dettmer (inland shipping) and a whole host of others, Bremen-based Dettmer Logistics has a web presence of its own – see the English version here:
Self-laudatory quote from this page: “DL DETTMER LOGISTICS today represents the whole range of logistical service performance without which any economy operating on a global level would not be able to exist.  We have turned our many years of experience in the field of cargo handling into a logistics potential by means of modern management to the benefit of industry and economy.”

Founded in 1967 as ‘Dettmer Lagerhaus (“warehouse”, jm) GmbH & Co. KG’ this Dettmer related firm changed name in 1968 to express involvement in the growing container business: ‘DCP’ or ‘Dettmer Container Packaging GmbH & Co. KG’.  Assuming its present name in 1998, Dettmer Logisitics kept expanding in Germany as well as abroad (Great Britain and Belgium).  In addition there are various partnerships.
What Dettmer Logistics does exactly is listed in the ‘Service Activities’ section under ‘Scope of activities’ – and an impressive list it is, covering as it does many kinds of logistic activities.
The specific flag flown shown on the site and a rather modern creation at that, does not have a wave in the code as I suppose all business areas are represented, not only shipping which is of course adequately symbolized by the traditional ‘D’ flag.
Basically white with the company logo, the flag bears the name DETTMER / LOGISTICS  in an italic font (no serifs), the ‘D’ and ‘L’ in red and the other letters in black; both words are shifted away from each other. Difficult to see on the photo, four grey arrows starting above the first word turn around behind the company name to conjoin in one arrowhead (highlighted by shadowing) pointing at the second word.  A thin grey line divides both words but also serves, to the right of ‘DETTMER’, as a base line for the abbreviations ‘GmhH & Co. KG’ in the same font only much smaller. A further detail is a thin bowed line, grey, completing as it were the general ovoid shape formed by the arrows and a thin vertical (interrupted) line in the centre, also grey, recalls a crosswire or possibly a globe.
Some of these details can hardly be seen on the photo, but the logo is reproduced for instance in the section dedicated to ‘The Company’, see ‘Strategy’.
Jan Mertens, 10 Sep 2006

Magdeburger Umschlag und Tanklager

[Magdeburger Umschlag und Tanklager] image located by Jan Mertens, 101 Sep 2006

A flagoid until further notice, the company emblem of the Dettmer related MUT company at Magdeburg is a blue rectangle with a white lozenge bearing blue initials 'MUT' - the same basic form as Dettmer's house flag, but not, I suppose, flown on waterways - possibly on buildings. Real flag or not, in any case it is the symbol of 'Magdeburger Umschlag und Tanklager KG -Dettmer GmbH & Co.' (i.e. Magdeburg Reloading and Fuel Depot…).
Situated just South of the junction Elbe-Mittellandkanal, MUT was founded in 1994 and has a number of tanks, docks for inland shipping, railroad tracks and fuel truck facilities. Stored are heating oil, diesel, and gasoline; the 'Partners' section lists a number of firms many of which are world famous such as BP or Shell, or at least important on the domestic market. Within the Dettmer group, MUT is listed among the cargo handling firms.
See here (English version).
Jan Mertens, 11 Sep 2006

Main-Donau-Umschlags- und Transport GmbH

[Main-Donau-Umschlags- und Transport GmbH (MDU)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider,21 Jul 2012

One of the photos poses a riddle, the first one (clickable) in the ‘Dry Cargo Shipping’ section, specifically Nürnberg: we see two Dettmer ‘D’ house flags but also two similar ones each bearing more than one black initial, possibly three.  I cannot quite make them.
Jan Mertens, 9 Sep 2006

Meanwhile I found the solution on the provisional page of The company is: Main-Donau-Umschlags- und Transport GmbH. Thus it is a red flag with a white lozenge in the centre touching the edges and containing a black inscription "MDU".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jul 2012

Schiffahrtskontor Detra

[Schiffahrtskontor Detra] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, based on an image located by Jan Mertens, 11 Nov 2006

Schiffahrtskontor Detra (i.e. Shipping Office Detra) is one of many firms belonging to the Dettmer Group: See here and here
Quotes from the 'Information' section: "Schiffahrtskontor Detra has taken on the task to provide shipowners shippers/consignees, and forwarders with a modern and efficient service for clearing and loading of ships of all sizes and types. Our enterprise was founded more than 35 years ago with headquarters in Bremen and Hamburg comprising today a network of branch offices in Berlin, Duisburg, Emden, Nürnberg, Oldenburg, Stuttgart, and Wilhelmshaven."
Select 'Address' (left menu) which leads to a photo of the Bremen office showing tiny flags on the roof, among them Dettmer and - probably - Detra. The company logo - in blue - consists of the name DETRA in italic letters which form the stock of a stylized, reclining anchor. See attachment showing a table flag, white, bearing said logo. This was part of a German eBay offer (item 6608921700, end 5 March 2006), always worth checking out (for instance, 'Reedereien' or shipping companies).
Jan Mertens, 11 Nov 2006

Tonne Logistics

[Tonne Logistics] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jul 2012 Tonne Logistics, established and renamed in 1990 and in times of GDR in the 50ies of the 20th century being a coffw roaster. The company is part of Dettmer Group and located in Magdeburg and Hamburg (sic!), but it is not likely that there is any connection to Gebr.Tonne (1897/1898) also located in Magdeburg and Hamburg. Special thanks to Mr. J.Asmus. For further information click: company webpage (page will be restructured acc. to Dettmer Standards in next future)
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jul 2012

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