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Armement Nord-Africain Cherfils (Shipping company, France)

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[Flag of Cherfils]by Ivan Sache


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History of Armement Nord-Africain Cherfils

The Cherfils company was created in Oran (Algeria) in 1930 and repatriated to Marseilles in 1961 with its last ship, MS Les-Anassiers, named after the shipowner's estate in Algiers. The ship was technically managed by Schiaffino until she was sold in Greece in 1970, when the Cherfils company disappeared.

Source: Paul Bois. Armements marseillais - Compagnies de navigation et navires à vapeur (1831-1988), published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence [boi03].

Antoine Cherfils arrived in Algiers in 1830, short after the French conquest. He was there the first ship broker in North Africa. Cherfils started his business by resupplying the French army. When his company increased, he significantly contributed to the rise of the port of Algiers.
He was succeeded in 1863 by his son Prosper, who created new scheduled lines operated by Compagnie des Vapeurs Algériens, Société Générale des Transports Maritimes à Vapeur, Compagnie des Bateaux à Vapeur du Nord and other shipping companies. The port of Algiers became a main port of call on the road to India. Cherfils was Municipal Councillor in Mustapha and later in Algiers, and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Algiers for 23 years. He promoted the building of the harbour station and the use of the Agha's Bassin for passenger and cargo ships. Upon his request, the Al Djefna islet was linked to mainland and became the main wharf for shipping of fruit and vegetables to Europe. Cherfils lobbied for the decrease of customs tax, which allowed Algiers to be ranked the third French port.

Source: Centre de Documentation Historique sur l'Algérie

Ivan Sache, 21 January 2005


House flag of Armement Nord-Africain Cherfils

The house flag of Armement Nord-Africain Cherfils is white with an horizontal green line in the middle of the flag, a seven-ray red sun in lower hoist and the red letters ANA in upper fly.

Source: Paul Bois. Armements marseillais - Compagnies de navigation et navires à vapeur (1831-1988), published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence [boi03].

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2004

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