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Märkische Transportgesellschaft (Shipping Company, Germany)

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[Märkische Transportgesellschaft] image by Jarig Bakker, 29 Jan 2006

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Märkische Transportgesellschaft

Here is the house flag of the Märkische Transportgesellschaft (seat: Berlin). The name essentially means “Brandenburg Transport Company”. The firm’s website shows the flag: a horizontal tricolour of white-red-white, a large black initial ‘M’ over all. The site has a number of tiny photos of barges flying the flag and the M seems to be upright whereas in the picture it should be leaning to the left.

I’ve seen an advertisement showing this very flag in a “calm” (non-waving) position with  the ‘M’ really upright, only its left diagonal segment and right leg drawn much thicker (about half the width of a horizontal stripe).  Lower serifs as on the attached picture, but the higher ones only pointing outwards; height of letter about 2/3 of flag height, making it larger than in the attachment.

According to the site, the Märkische Transportgesellschaft mbH was the first (inland) shipping company established in the former GDR, the foundation date
being 1 August 1990. Starting out with 38 former private shippers, the firm now employs 50 of them and operates 10 push barges and other craft. At first a local
concern, the Märkische Transportgesellschaft is now active in the area between the Oder and the Atlantic, transporting bulk, liquids, containers, special cargo, and so forth. Lastly, the firm is one of the many subsidiaries of the Imperial Reederei-Gruppe, Duisburg, active in several countries.
Jan Mertens, 29 Jan 2006

Märkische TG wimpel

[Märkische TG wimpel] image by Jarig Bakker, 28 Aug 2006

Jarig has quite recently spotted this flag in pennant form.
Come to think of it, this is merely the latest of a series of comparable pennants sent to the List this year.  As evidenced by photos wherever possible, they seem a legitimate means of identification even if a “normal” i.e. rectangular flag already exists.

I think these pennants deserve recognition, if only because they illustrate one of the differences in flag usage between inland and maritime shipping.
Jan Mertens, 28 Aug 2006