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Vapores Suardiaz S.A. (Shipping Company, Spain)

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[Vapores Suardiaz S.A. (Shipping Company, Spain)]
image by Eugene Ipavec and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Mar 2010

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Vapores Suardiaz houseflag here [broken link].

Dov Gutterman, 22 Feb 1999

A shipping company from Gijón, Vapores Suardiaz S.A. uses the white with thin red border design, no doubt derived from the flag of the maritime province of Gijón.

José Carlos Alegría, 16 Aug 2002

Vapores Suardiaz S.A. apparently formed in 1932 to operate the fleets of Angel Riva Suardiaz and Antonio y Cristina Suardiaz Valdés. The letters, which appear to be "RS," particularly in view of the fact that both websites on Spanish and Basque Shipping Company houseflags show a second, similar pennant, but with a 7 pointed star and red angled letters "RS," which I assume replaced the earlier version, shown in the 1954 Lista Oficial de Buques de España, though they show conventional letters [but could be "AS"], could relate to Angel Riva Suardiaz, who had by far the bigger of the operated fleets.

Against this is the fact that Lloyds Shipowners do not show any connection judging by editions from 1953-4 onwards, where the parties are all shown independently.

Neale Rosanoski, 18 Mar 2004

The letters are R and S for Riva Suardíaz. Vapores Suardíaz was created by Rafael and José Riva Suardíaz in 1944, but the family devoted itself to maritime transport before that date. Now, the Grupo Suardíaz is formed by Vapores Suardíaz (the company) and Flota Suardíaz (the ships). There is more information at the Grupo Suardíaz website.

Aingeru Astui Zarraga, 22 Mar 2004

I spotted the flag of Vapores Suardiaz on 18 February 2010 in front of the company's office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a white pennant fimbriated red, with a red circle shifted to hoist and within the circle the red capitals “RS,” nestling against the circle’s perimeter.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2010

Nonwarped "RS" Version

[Vapores Suardiaz S.A. (Shipping Company, Spain)]
image by Neale Rosanoski, 18 Mar 2004

The letters RS seem to be normal (not rounded) on the burgee of their website.

José Carlos Alegría, 16 Aug 2002

"AS" Version

[Vapores Suardiaz S.A. (Shipping Company, Spain)]
image by Neale Rosanoski, 18 Mar 2004

Also Stewart 1963 shows a slightly different version again in the name of Angel Riva Suardiaz with a red 6 pointed star bearing a white circle charged with the red letters "AS." Whatever the lettering and any connection, the two "operated" companies disappeared from Lloyds in the 1970s whereas Vapores Suardiaz S.A. continues to operate to the present.

Neale Rosanoski, 18 Mar 2004

Former Version

[Vapores Suardiaz S.A. (Shipping Company, Spain)]
image by Jorge Candeias, 13 Mar 1999

A triangular flag, white with a dark red border all around and a dark red disc at the hoist charged with a white 6-pointed star, in turn charged with the letters "RS" (my guess, the original image was too small to be sure) forming a circle.

Jorge Candeias, 13 Mar 1999