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Today the ‘D’ initialled flag of Dettmer, a German shipping company
based at Bremen, appeared on the Flaggenkunde discussion list.
Dettmer certainly deserves a presentation but today I’ll just send an image of the flag, drawn, as it appears on the firm’s website (English version): white diamond (almost touching the flag’s edges) bearing a black serifed initial ‘D’.
For a photo of the flag, select ‘Tanker Shipping’ on above site and scroll down till you encounter a group of employees (photo clickable) standing in front of it. Another photo, that of the inland barge ‘Hamburg’ (Binnenvaart site), shows the flag in action. The drawn version however does not show the initial and diamond as they appear at the Dettmer site.
As the Dettmer shipping company conveniently presents itself
in English, let us profit by it: Highlights from the ‘Company’ section:
‘B. Dettmer Reederei GmbH & Co. KG’, founded at Bremen in 1947 by the brothers Bernhard and Wilhelm Dettmer, is still a family business engaged in inland navigation, transporting bulk goods as well as liquids. Local offices are established at Duisburg, Nürnberg and Hamburg. Over the course of the years, Dettmer has developed a complete logistics chain including stevedoring and container packing.
As regards shipping, vessels between 1000 – 3000 metric tonnes as well as larger ones under a joint venture scheme ply the waterways of the Rhine and Danube rivers (and their hinterlands), connecting them to the German seaports, etc. Dettmer tankers serving the oil industry centre on Magdeburg which an intermodel transport centre; the firm’s own bunker boat operates at Duisburg.
The website’s ‘History’ section is extensive and interesting. We learn for instance that the firm was originally known as ‘Nordwestdeutscher Frachtverkehr B. Dettmer & Co.,’ (i.e. North West German Transportation B. Dettmer & Co.) and that during the difficult pioneer period barges were chartered, not owned.
One of the photos poses a riddle, the first one (clickable) in the ‘Dry Cargo Shipping’ section, specifically Nürnberg: we see two Dettmer ‘D’ house flags but also two similar ones each bearing more than one black initial, possibly three. I cannot quite make them.
More needs to be said but I think it is better to split up various Dettmer
related firms according to name. However in general it may be said
that the Dettmer funnel – where available – resembles the house flag which
itself is often found painted on the steering cabin, as many Binnenvaart
site photos show.
Jan Mertens, 8 Sep 2006
Umbrella company to Dettmer (inland shipping) and a whole host of others, Bremen-based Dettmer Logistics has a web presence of its own – see the English version here: Self-laudatory quote from this page: “DL DETTMER LOGISTICS today represents the whole range of logistical service performance without which any economy operating on a global level would not be able to exist. We have turned our many years of experience in the field of cargo handling into a logistics potential by means of modern management to the benefit of industry and economy.”
Founded in 1967 as ‘Dettmer Lagerhaus (“warehouse”, jm) GmbH & Co. KG’ this Dettmer related firm changed name in 1968 to express involvement in the growing container business: ‘DCP’ or ‘Dettmer Container Packaging GmbH & Co. KG’. Assuming its present name in 1998, Dettmer Logisitics kept expanding in Germany as well as abroad (Great Britain and Belgium). In addition there are various partnerships.
What Dettmer Logistics does exactly is listed in the ‘Service Activities’ section under ‘Scope of activities’ – and an impressive list it is, covering as it does many kinds of logistic activities.
The specific flag flown shown on the site and a rather modern creation at that, does not have a wave in the code as I suppose all business areas are represented, not only shipping which is of course adequately symbolized by the traditional ‘D’ flag.
Basically white with the company logo, the flag bears the name DETTMER / LOGISTICS in an italic font (no serifs), the ‘D’ and ‘L’ in red and the other letters in black; both words are shifted away from each other. Difficult to see on the photo, four grey arrows starting above the first word turn around behind the company name to conjoin in one arrowhead (highlighted by shadowing) pointing at the second word. A thin grey line divides both words but also serves, to the right of ‘DETTMER’, as a base line for the abbreviations ‘GmhH & Co. KG’ in the same font only much smaller. A further detail is a thin bowed line, grey, completing as it were the general ovoid shape formed by the arrows and a thin vertical (interrupted) line in the centre, also grey, recalls a crosswire or possibly a globe.
Some of these details can hardly be seen on the photo, but the logo
is reproduced for instance in the section dedicated to ‘The Company’, see
Jan Mertens, 10 Sep 2006