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House Flags of Hong Kong Shipping Companies 4

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Ocean Base Co., Ltd.

[houseflag of Ocean Base Co., Ltd.]
by Jorge Candeias,

Ocean Tramping Company Ltd

[houseflag of Ocean Tramping Co Ltd]
by Ivan Sache

Yellow flag with a red T inside a red O in the middle.

Source: Josef Nüsse
Ivan Sache, 25 August 2002

Original flag noted as white with a blue ring or "O" enclosing a blue "T".
Neale Rosanoski, 23 January 2003

Oriental Overseas Container Line Ltd

[1993 houseflag of Oriental Overseas Container Line]
by Ivan Sache

Yellow flag with a red flower with white stamens in the middle. The flower has five petals, five long stamens on hte median of each petal, and five groups of two shorter stamens each placed between the long stamens. all the stamens converge into a small central white disk.

The 1993 flag is yellow with OOCL in red in the middle. A flower is placed in the middle of the second O. The flower is similar to that described above but with a different axis and different colours: petals are yellow and stamens are red.

Source: Josef Nüsse
Ivan Sache, 25 August 2002

Correct name is Orient Overseas Container Line. Loughran 1979 shows the 1st flag with a white field but in Brown 1982 he shows the yellow version.
Neale Rosanoski, 23 January 2003

There are some political meanings in this flag, since the flower on this flag is a plum blossum, stylized in the RoC-TW style-- Plum blossum is the alternative emblem of RoC-TW. Histroically, the founder of OOCL, C.Y.Tung (1912-1982), was heavily aligned with the Taiwanese cause. C.Y. Tung established the China Lines in 1935 and moved to Taipei in 1949, while the OOCL was established in Hong Kong a few years after that. Until mid-eighties both companies were held by the Tung family, first C.Y. Tung then to Chee-Hwa Tung (Yes, the Chief Excutive of Hong Kong, PRC -- surprised?). Chiang Kai-shek had seen them for a number of times, and he always regarded the OOCL THE shipping company of the Republic of China. The head of China Lines is, in fact, Chee-Hwa Tung's brother-in-law.

The OOCL shifted their perference towards the PRC side because the company was in crisis in the mid-eighties, the Taiwanese failed to give them any help, but it was the PRC (plus HSBC) which gave them enough help for them to pass it...

China Lines has offically merged into the OOCL, called OOCL Taiwan.
John Ma, 31 August 2002

SeaUnion Shipping Co., Ltd.

[SeaUnion Shipping Co Ltd houseflag]
by jorge candeias