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House flags of Mauritian shipping companies

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Belship house flag
image by António Martins, 04 Aug 2007

Belship Co. Ltd is a shipping agency at Port Louis, Mauritius. According to the company website, it was founded by Mr Yves Bellepeau (hence the name "Belship" I suppose) in 1996, and lists a number of activities typically associated with shipping agencies such as customer clearance, warehousing, forwarding, even bunkering services. Image at the site shows a white flag bearing an initial "B", for Bellepeau, I expect; the letter seems to be black.
Jan Mertens, 15 Jul 2007


Colonial Steamships

CS house flag
image by Jarig Bakker, 06 Jan 2005

In The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels [scx59], as #150, Colonial Steamships (Pty.) Ltd., Mauritius — blue flag, white disk, "S" within "C", all blue. (Possibly connected to Christen Smith, Norway.)
Jarig Bakker, 06 Jan 2005


Mauritius Steam Navigation

Mauritius Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. The connection to BISN is not clear. In the early 1970s Lloyds showed its address «a/s c/- BISN» but the ships were shown under Rogers & Co. Ltd. who are a major conglomerate of assorted interests [described by one source as a holding company for hundreds] based in Port Louis and operating since 1899. They were shipowners from 1932 forming Colonial Steamships Co. Ltd. Records of the Mauritius SN Company ships in the early 1970s define Rogers & Co. as managers and BISN and then P&O as operators. The last mention of Mauritius SN Co. is in the formation in 1996 of a joint venture with Rogers & Co. Ltd. and Indian Ocean Bulk Carriers Ltd. to own 2 vessels but this seems to have been of very short duration. The company may still exist, possibly in abeyance.
Neale Rosanoski, 26 Aug 2008



SN house flag
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 Aug 2008

A different version of the flag is flown by Brown 1978 with a normal rectangle.
Neale Rosanoski, 26 Aug 2008

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