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Romanian shipping lines

Last modified: 2005-03-12 by rob raeside
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Compania de Navigaţie Maritima

[Compania de Navigatie Maritima houseflag] by Jorge Candeias

Mihei Shipping & Trading

[Compania de Navigatie Maritima houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Mihei Shipping & Trading (Constantza, Romania) - Blue with two narrow yellow stripes cut in the middle for placing a yellow M. Company website:
Dov Gutterman, 24 October 2003

Captain Andrian Mihei founded Carmar shipping ( - no flag found, just a logo) in 1990; he created in April 1993 the new company Mihei Shipping and Trade Ltd and was the first Romanian private ship-owner of a dry cargo vessel 3025 dwt 'Irina M'. At present the company has two vessels, apparently mainly active in river transport. 
Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2003

Romania Prima Soc. Nationala de Nav. Marit.

[Romania Prima Soc. Nationala de Nav. Marit houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Romania Prima Soc. Nationala de Nav. Marit., Bucharest - horizontal triband RBR, proportioned c. 1:3:1; in center yellow "R".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies [Wedge 1926]
Jarig Bakker, 15 February 2005

Serviciul Maritim Romān

[Serviciul Maritim Romān houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Image based on Brown's Flags and Funnels (1951)

Serviciul Maritim Romān, Bucharest: blue with a red canton bearing yellow letters SMR, a yellow emblem near the fly edge consisting of an crowned yellow anchor (funnel: white with narrow black band at the top). The red canton is 1/3 of the flag's height and 1/2 of the flag's length as far as I can see. The crowned anchor in
the fly almost fully occupies 1/3 of the flag, at the fly's end. There is also a small circle centered on the anchor I cannot identify, it may be part of an artistically twisted cable or perhaps a post horn?

The following site, The Romanian Postal-History Web Page, has some info on this firm:

"The S.M.R.: In 1895, based on the law adopted on 7.06.1888, the Romanian Maritime Service (= Serviciul Maritim Romān or S.M.R.) was established to provide sea transport to and from the Levant. On the continent, S.M.R. had direct connection with the Paris - Ostende - Bucharest - Constanta express train, the rapid train from Berlin and the Romanian express trains. The first Constanta - Constantinople route was opened on 26.09.1895."
Jan Mertens, 26 October 2003

The Mystic Seaport Foundation website (flag no. 1794 on p. 87 of chapter "House Flags and Funnels of Steam Vessels") shows the canton occupying a full quarter of the flag.
Jan Mertens, 22 December 2003

The Maritime Timetable link to a brochure (valid till? or from? 30 June 1937 - click to enlarge): shows the house flag. Now here's a direct link to No. 1794 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels: and the emblem is on the right! A mistake, or perhaps an earlier version? All this concerns not the emblem itself (crowned anchor and decorative ribbons as far as I can see, possibly a screw behind the anchor in Lloyds), only its position in the flag.
Jan Mertens, 13 January 2005