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House flags of shipping companies

Last modified: 2020-05-04 by rob raeside
Keywords: house flag | shipping company | funnel |
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Shipping Companies by country

Not all countries are linked below — links are made only to those countries where we have found shipping lines’ flags.


Flying house flags

Who has the right to fly a house flag onboard a commercial vessel? Would it be the Owners/Operators or their ship management company?
Lauren Lavercombe, 30 Aug 2007

The operator offers to the cargo-owners the service of transportation by ship. The ship management company offers to the operator the service of moving the ship around. I’d say the company flag should be the flag of the company registering the ship. If the ship is sailing under the flag of Pentecost Island, then an owner or operator has registered the ship in the Pentecost Island register, and their flag should fly from the vessel. Since the ship management company wouldn’t be the one registering the ship, they wouldn’t be the ones flying the company flag either
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 Aug 2007


Funnels vs. house flags

Among the shipping lines covered in the 1934 flag article in National Geographic magazine [gsh34],

  • some had funnel markings which very close resembled their house flags,
  • some had funnel markings which had only a general similarity to their house flags and
  • some had funnel markings which had nothing in common with their house flags.
Edward Smith, 19 Oct 1999


Ratios of house flags

I have several charts and books with house flags with dimensions varying from 1:2 to 4:5, but it is safe to assume that most (unless otherwise specified) are 2:3.
Jarig Bakker, 07 Oct 2003