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Croatia - Houseflags of Shipping Companies

Last modified: 2005-02-19 by dov gutterman
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Overview

The modern period, i.e. after 1990 - In this epriod some companies drastically changed their flags, other only slightly adjusted the ideological symbols white the third retained them alltogther. Entirely new companies emerged as well.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Atlantska plovidba - Dubrovnik


by Željko Heimer, 16 June 2001

Atlantska plovidba d.d. Dubrovnik - Sucessor to the 1880 company Dubrovacka plovidba, the company since 1955 uses the present name, and virtually the same flag: red over blue with white anchor between company initials.
See also: Houseflags (1945-1990).
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Mediteranska plovidba - Korcula


by Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004

Mediteranska plovidba d.d., Korcula - The flag is red with blue bordered white lozenge containing golden company initials. The company was established 1955 as Korculansko-peljeaka plovidba. Specialized in refrigerated freight in the international navigation but also tourist and cargo coastal shipping. In 1986 owned 9 ships. Since early 1990's uses the flag above. Before that the flag was similar with the white lozenge containing a red star instead of the initials.
Sources: Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags. Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001. My observation and photos of ships on Adriatic, summer 2004.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Losinjska plovidba - Mali Losinj


by Željko Heimer, 15 June 2001

After 1990 the star was dropped and in its stead were set tricolour initials of the company LP. Both flags apear to be in ratio 3:5~.
Željko Heimer, 15 June 2001

Loaninjska plovidba d.d., Mali Loainj - The flag is blue with two white thin horizontal stripes in the middle and white disk with tricolour company initials. The company for international and coastal transport was established in 1956 included beside shipping also shipbuilding and tourism. In 1986 maintained fleet of 21 merchant ships (including 5 ro-ro ships). In 1962 integraded the company Kvarner (est. 1954). In early 1990's replaced the star with the company initials.
Sources: Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags. Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001. Pomorski leksikon, Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod "Miroslav Krle~a", Zagreb, 1990.
See also: Houseflags (1945-1990).
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Croatia Line - Rijeka


by Željko Heimer, 15 June 2001

Jugoslavenska linijska plovidba changed name in 1992 (says Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags, I think it must have been before) to Croatia Line and adopted a logo-like flag - white with blue slanted rectangle with white stylized ship (maybe a lymphad or galley would be best heraldical term, if any). First flag seems to be 1:2, while the modern version is close to 3:5~.
Željko Heimer, 15 June 2001

The date of 1992 as the name change is also given by Lloyds who also give this date as the change of the country name from Yugoslavia.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

The 2nd flag for Croatia Line appears to have a short career as Lloyds give the company as being in financial difficulties in late 1999 and they do not appear to have survived. Brown 1995 shows a slightly different version.
Neale Rosanoski, 10 November 2004

Croatia Line d.d., Rijeka - The flag is white with squewed blue field with white stylized sailing ship. Until 1992 the company was known as Jugolinija (or Jugoslavenska linijska plovidba) established in 1947 and used entirely different flag.
Sources: Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags. Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Jadrolinija - Rijeka


by Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004

It seems that all those companies had some "shorthand" name for informal use beside the official long name, and this one probably used name Jadrolinija (unless it was Jadroplov and the modern company of this name above is the sucessor). Today there is a very vivid shipping company situated in Rijeka named Jadrolinija. The flag I saw hoisted at the company headquarter in the center of Rijeka, as well as on several ships in harbour in summer 1999: White flag with the company emblem in the middle consisting of red vertical lines forming a lozenge-like shape and blue initial J, and in hoist upper corner a red bend and a blue bend in lower fly corner. Ratio 2:3~.
Željko Heimer, 16 June 2001

The 2nd flag is presumably the one adopted upon becoming Croatian. Brown 1995 shows a version in the name of their subsidiary Jadrolinija Cruises Ltd. with the diamond being shown as wholly red but this can be put down to the impossiblilty of showing the design of 19 red and white vertical stripes in small images.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

The house flag of Jadrolinija is white banner with the company emblem in the middle consisting of red vertical lines forming a lozenge-like shape and blue initial J, and in hoist upper corner a red bend and blue bend in lower fly corner. Until 1990's used different flag with five-pointed star. The company was known also as Adriatic Line and Javno Poduzece "Jadrolinja" P.O. It was established in 1947 after nationalization of the company Jadranska plovidba of Suaak. In 1996 organized as an action society, in the 2001 operating 48 ships and over 1500 employees.
Source: Author's observation on company headquarters in Rijeka, 1999 Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Vodomar - Rijeka


by Željko Heimer, 4 November 2003

Vodomar d.o.o. - The companywas established in 2001 headquartered in Rijeka. The flag is blue with a yellow lozenge containing a blue leter V.
"Vodomar" is the Croatian name of a bird known in English as kingfisher, tough I would say hat the name was established as combiation od the prefix "vodo" - having to do with water and sufix "mar" as in "maritime". At least, certainly there is intentional assocation to this words.
Source: <www.vodomar.com>, located by Dov Gutterman.
Željko Heimer, 4 November 2003


Brodospas - Split


by Željko Heimer, 8 January 2004

Brodospas d.d., Split - The flag is blue-white-blue triband with withe disk overall containing red annulet with dark blue link rings. Brodospas was founded in 1947 with task to clear Croatian ports, shipyards and sailing routes of numerus navigational obstacles from the World War II. The company continued with tasks of the maritime search and rescue with her a fleet of specialised ships also after the privatisation in early 1990's.   Neal Rosanoski pointed me to the company site where the emblem is shown with the central charge being black. The flag is not shown, but probably the flag also follows this.
Source: Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004

Neale Rosanoski pointed me toward the web site of the shipping company at <www.brodospas.net>. We previously show their flag with the links in the emblem as dark blue, white the site show them as black. In my source (Isaic 2001 [isa01]) the colour is indeed very dark blue, but it may be only the printing matter.
Željko Heimer, 8 January 2004


Jadroplov - Split


by Željko Heimer, 16 June 2001

Yellow flag with blue emblem. It is hard to say is this is a vertical hoisting flag (e.g. a table flag) or if the actual flags used is higher then long. It may even be that the scan is "wrongly" turned, as maybe the spiral part of the emblem might suggest the letter J.
Željko Heimer, 16 June 2001

Josef's collection of table flags normally equate to the actual houseflags but sometimes there are variances [usually the addition of wording] and this would appear to be one such. Brown 1995 show a normal rectangular version as the houseflag.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

Jadroplov, Split (Jadroplov International Maritime Transport, Split) - The flag is yellow with blue emblem in the middle. The flag is apparently higher then long, though some sources show it in the traditional horizontal layout. (It seems that this vertical flag is also hoisted along the shorter side as if it was the usual normal. Until 1990's the company was named Jadranska Slobodna Plovidba and used black flag with star in white lozenge. The company was established in 1947 in Rijeka, and the seat was moved to Split in 1956. In 1962 included also the Split company Opca plovidba. It specialises in cargo transport.
Sources: Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags. Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Slobodna plovidba Sibenik - Sibenik


by Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004

Blue flag with white stylized letter S (with hatchek).
Željko Heimer, 16 June 2001

This company appears to have ceased by 2000.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

Slobodna plovidba d.d., `ibenik - The flag is blue with white stylized letter ` (sh), initial leter of the name of the city of Sibenik. This company appears to have ceased by 2000.
Sources: Josef Nüsse: Ships and Flags, Vladimir Isaic: Pomorski obicaji i tradicije, Adamic, Rijeka, 2001.
Željko Heimer, 22 November 2004


Tankerska Plovidba - Zadar


by Jorge Candeias, 16 March 1999

Swallowtail vertically divided in a plain white filed in the hoist side charged with some saint riding a horse and with a spear, all in light blue and a horizontally striped field in the fly with red-white-light blue stripes from top to bottom. Sorry for the poor riding saint, but that was the best I could do from the original drawing in <www.seanet.co.uk> which was located by Dov Gutterman on 26 Febuary 1999.
Jorge Candeias, 16 March 1999

Tankerska Plovidba is situated in Zadar, and if that is so the saint is most probably St. Grisogono (St. Krs<evan in Croatian), the patron saint of Zadar.
Željko Heimer, 18 March 1999

In Louda's 'European Civic Coats of Arms', 1966 the saint is called Chrysogonus (somehow he reminds me of St. George)
Jarig Bakker, 18 March 1999

The flag is swallow-tailed, ratio 1:2, with hoist square being white with blue picture of a haloed horseman riding to hoist holding a spear (St. Grisogon, patron of Zadar) and the fly part being divided horizontally in red-white-blue. See also: Jugoslavenska Tankerska Plovidba - Zadar.
Željko Heimer, 15 June 2001

The flag of Tankerska plovidba Zadar (shipping house) at <www.morsko-prase.hr>.
Željko Heimer, 26 Febuary 2004


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