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Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd. (Shipping company, Greece)

Last modified: 2009-02-28 by ivan sache
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[Ceres house flag]

House flag of Ceres - Image by Jarig Bakker, 8 December 2005

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Presentation of Ceres

Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd. is one of the largest and oldest shipping companies worldwide, doing business in several sectors of the maritime industry, and is specialized in ship management. Ceres is certified since 1998 with the ISO 9002 standard for the quality of services, and was the first major shipping company in the world to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental certification (1998).
Ceres operates a fleet of 42 tankers, bulk carriers, and inter-island ferries.

The Livanos family has a great interest in this firm founded in 1949, family shipping interests in fact going back to 1824. In spring 2005, its tanker fleet was sold to Euronav (formerly part of CMB, Belgium).

Source: Company website

Ivan Sache & Jan Mertens, 7 January 2006

House flag of Ceres

According to Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World (1995) [lgr95], the house flag of Ceres is blue with a yellow border and quartered by a yellow cross and a central yellow diamond. The first and third quarters are charged with a ship over three straight waves, all white. The second and fourth quarters are charged with a yellow wheat sheaf, which is the symbol of Ceres, the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture, known in Greece as Demeter.

Jarig Bakker, 8 December 2005

The flag shown on Josef Nuesse's website shows a garb of 18 yellow flowers in the first and fourth quarters.
The galleys from their design and the way their flag is flying are pointing to the fly whereas I would have expected them to be shown sailing to the hoist. Unfortunately there does not appear to be a sleeve on Josef's flag so there is nothing to confirm whether it is shown the right way around

Jan Mertens & Neale Rosanoski, 26 November 2006