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Esso Tankers Nederlandse Antillen

image by Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2003

At Auke Visser's ESSO Tankvaart Mij. site <>, there is another ESSO-flag, white with at the fly the company logo and at the hoist in a vertical row red letters "ETNA", abbreviation of Esso Tankers Nederlandse Antillen.
Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2003

Scheepvaart Maatschappij 'Volharding'

image by Jarig Bakker, 21 July 2005

I am a collector of shipping company cap badges. I recently acquired a badge with a blue house flag. On the flag is a "V" surmounted by a slightly smaller inverted "V".  The side buttons on the cap have the words "Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland".  
I contacted the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam and got this reply:
"The badge you mentioned contains the house flag of the Dutch N.V. Scheepvaart Maatschappij 'Volharding' at Willemstad (Curaçao), a venture of the Koninklijke Rotterdamse Lloyd (KRL), Stoomvaart Maatschappij 'Nederland' (SMN) and Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij (KPM) etablished in 1966. These shipping companies merged in 1970 into the Royal Nedlloyd. The two ships owned by Scheepvaart Maatschappij 'Volharding', ms. 'Antilla Cape' (1966) and ms. 'Hypolite Worms' (1966) went over to the Nedlloyd-organisation.
with kind regards,
Mr Cees van Romburgh
maritime historian"
Bill Johnston, 21 July 2005

Trying to get all the connections, I came across the mention of a "ms. 'Hypolite Worms'" of Scheepvaart Maatschappij 'Volharding' . Hypolite Worms was the founder of Worms & Cie.; I wonder whether he's the person the ship was named for, and if so, what the reason might have been?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 March 2011

Statistix/Getafix/Idefix Shipping

All were related to the Dutch Nigoco shipping group and appear in a 1995 book: F. Haalmeijer and B. Scholten, ‘Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co’s Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Nigoco).
The Curaçao-based firms ‘Statistix Shipping BV’, ‘Getafix Shipping BV’, and ‘Idefix Shipping BV’ were short-lived.  They are mentioned in above book as having flown the same flag but the Nigoco ships list only mentions Statistix as (operating?) company for the Liberian firms ‘Asterix’, ‘Getafix’, and ‘Idefix’ shipping corporations, respectively.
This gives 1975-1982 as Statistix’s operative years but if Haalmeijer and Scholten are right, this would be: Statistix, 1975-1982; Getafix, 1976-1982; Idefix, 1976-1979.
The ships in question were operated for a few years but as there was no profit these were chartered out or sold for scrap.
The flag of all of them: White field, narrow red and blue horizontal stripes set away from the edges (a far cry from the Dutch national colours) and between said stripes a red right triangle presenting its hypothenuse to the hoist.  In fact the triangle makes up one half of a virtual square positioned in the centre.
Jan Mertens, 30 October 2008