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Reinplus Van Woerden (The Netherlands)

Reinplus Van Woerden Bunker B.V.

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[Reinplus Van Woerden houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 Jun 2006 See also:

Reinplus Van Woerden

This bunkering service, Reinplus Van Woerden Bunker B.V. was the result of a 1994 merger between Reinplus Bunker GmbH (Wiesbaden, Germany) and Rotterdam-based companies Petroplus Marine BV and Van Woerden BV.  This fact and others gleaned from the company website (select GPRS/UMTS).
As mentioned in a source encountered before: Rotterdam-based Rijnplus van Woerden has a share between 10% and 20% of the Dutch bunkering market, having five stations in all and offering (mainly) Esso brands to inland navigation. Other services include analyzing oil and drinking water
Apart from the bunkering stations, stationary of course, bunkering boats are active.  Germany has seven stations, and probably boats as well.  To end, a map on the site mentions Belgium (Antwerp), Switzerland (Basel) and Austria (Vienna).
The photo gallery (‘Fotogalerie’ in the ‘REINPLUS Info' section) shows the house flag on various stations and boats.  It was recently offered on German eBay (closed 16 April 2006, item no. 6620098767). Dimensions given as 95 by 150 cm.
On a white field are placed, in the upper hoist, the company logo (three red waves of unequal length, on the right end of the logo a white ‘+’ sign appearing on the top and middle wave) and in the lower fly, the name REINPLUS / VAN WOERDEN / BUNKER in green italic letters without serifs.  The waves are right-aligned, the words are left-aligned.
Jan Mertens, 31 May 2006

Reinplus variant

[Reinplus variant houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 Jun 2009

This is a variant simply consisting of the red waves and cross, plus the name (in black, italic, and without serifs) “REIN / PLUS” (cropped photo).
Source: Marktplaats (Dutch auction site) offer no. 180975906, accessed 13 Jul 2008, put up by “Skipvlag”, dimensions given as 0.45 [m] x 0.90 [m].
This may well be a local German variant - after all, the firm is active in two countries and Germany has a tradition of “Rein” flags and pennants.
Jan Mertens, 26 Jun 2009


Van Woerden

[Van Woerden houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 May 2009

‘Binnenvaartkrant’ no. 22 of 21 Oct 2008 has more on Van Woerden (current link to on-line version; in Dutch), p. 5: ‘Bunkervisionair Barend van Woerden (81) overleden’ (i.e. “Bunker business visionary Barend van Woerden (81) died”.  (On 9 Oct. 2008, jm.)
At eighteen, WWII not yet over, Van Woerden had to succeed his father who operated a towage business. The growing success of selling coal and, later, mineral oil to shippers during the nineteen fifties led to his ceasing towage and taking up bunkering full-time. Opening a station (Druten, 1961) was quite new for that time. Van Woerden let the business to his sons, himself being active until 1990. In 1994 Reinplus was founded, based on a merger with other firms.
Marktplaats (Dutch auction site) offer no. 5230438713 (accessed 23 Sep 2006) put up by “m” of Waddinxveen, Zuid-Holland, concerns the Van Woerden house flag. Dimensions given as 46 cm x 70 cm.
Green field with two white vertical edges linked by a white sagging bow bearing black serif-less letters ‘BVW’.  You could say that, seen from afar, the green-and-white figure recalls an oil drum.
In this case the letters follow the bow whereas a 2007 German eBay offer – confirming the company name – shows them upright (vertical); but that was merely a table flag.  Flag modellers’ page, showing version with letters following the bow (under ‘v’).
Jan Mertens, 26 Oct 2008