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Linnhoff Schiffahrt (German Shipping Company)

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Linnhoff Schiffahrt

Linnhoff Schiffahrt is a holding. Towage services, pilot taxi, research helicopter service and maritime equipment are branches of business.
It is a green flag with a white diamond in ist centre touching the top and bottom edge. In the diamond are dark blue bold capitals "LS", both connected at their bottom line. The seat of the company is Buxtehude near Hamburg.
Source: I spotted this image on 5 April 2008 at the doorplate of the company at Alster lake in Hamburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Feb 2009

Unterweser Reederei

[Unterweser Reederei (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias

Unterweser Reederei GmbH, AG - I saw a photo of the German ship Weser. Painted on the board was a [divided saltirewise] blue-red flag with white letters URAG. Source: German magazine Guten Tag, 1989.
Victor Lomantsov, 8 Feb 2001

This must be a West German ship. Interesting to see a West German company using 'typical' East German colors.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 8 Feb 2001

Unterweser Reederei GmbH. The company not only predates the GDR, thus having more "right" to the colours, but it has also outlasted it as it still exists though going by the image on the company site the blue and red colour shades are different. It originated in 1890 as Schleppschiffahrts-Gesellschaft Unterweser, changing to Unterweser Reederei A.G. in 1923 and to Unterweser-Reederei GmbH in 1963. The original flag was the same format but with the white letters "SGUW" in place of the current "URAG".
Neale Rosanoski, 9 Oct 2004

Schleppschiffahrts-Gesellschaft Unterweser

[Schleppschiffahrts-Gesellschaft Unterweser] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

Schleppschiffahrts-Gesellschaft Unterweser, located in Bremen and Bremerhaven.
The flag is divided by saltire into dark blue(B+)(top and bottom) and red(hoist and fly). In the quarters are white serifed capitals:"S"(top), "G"(hoist), "U"(fly) and "W"(bottom).
Source: [llo12] p.63, image no.551
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

Lütgens & Reimers

[Lütgens & Reimers] image by Jorge Candeias, 16 Dec 2004 The flag itself offers no doubts: it's vertical triband of white-red-white, with a black seriffed initial centered on each stripe: "L & R".
Jorge Candeias, 16 Dec 2004

"Lütgens & Reimers, Hamburg tugboat company (Hapag-Lloyd ownership -1994)" as presented by Josef Nüsse.
Jan Mertens, 17 Dec 2004

Lütgens & Reimers variant

[Lübeck Linie variant] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 June 2007

Lütgens und Reimers GmbH & Co. KG is a 100% daughter of Unterweser Reederei (see above). I spotted this tableflag on 2 April 2007 in Neumühlen tugboat base/Hamburg. The "&" is white. The ships of the company, I could see, were using the flag with a black "&".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 June 2007

Lotsbetrieb Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

[Lotsbetrieb Mecklenburg-Vorpommern] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2012

If I have understood right, the company runs a kind of water taxi service for pilots, carrying them to their pilot stations Timmendorf/Poel, Rostock-Warnemünde, Barhöft, Freest and to the customers/ships as well. (Lotsenversetzdienst). The company is located in Rostock-Warnemünde.
The company was part of VEB Bagger, -Bugsier- und Bergungsreederei Rostock until 1990. Afterwords the pilots were integrated into the (West-)German system and an own organization (KdöR) was established by the northern branch of the waterways and shipping authority in Kiel. The taxi service was excluded and remained as a special branch within Bagger, -Bugsier- und Bergungsreederei Gmbh (successor of VEB).
Since 1 January 1995 the service was overtaken by Linnhoff Schiffahrt.
The flag is vertically divided into white and red, the colours of pilots. In the upper hoist corner is a blue over yellow over red horizontal tricolour, the regional flag of Mecklenburg. In the upper fly corner is a blue over white horizontal bicolour, the regional flag of Hither Pomerania). In the centre at the bottom edge are black capitals L" (in white field) and "B" (in red field).
Source: Josef Nüsse's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneide, 3 Jul 2012

RF Forschungsschiffahrt

[RF Forschungsschiffahrt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2012

The flag of the research shipping division is divided by a white, s-shaped, sinister-bendy line into red (hoist) and blue (fly). In the upper hoist quarter is a white initial "R", in the lower fly an "F", both in italics.
Source: Josef Nüsse's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneide, 3 Jul 2012

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