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Gilnavi Line

by Jorge Candeias, 24 Febuary 1999

Dark red over dark blue with a white stripe separating the two main fields and a white "G" over all. The "G" is very similar in shape to those of Grimaldi. Perhaps a member of the Grimaldi Group?
Jorge Candeias, 24 Febuary 1999

From Fratelli Grimaldi formed in 1947 has come the Grimaldi Group operating in two divisions based in Genoa and Naples respectively. Included in the former is Gilnavi Societą di Navigazione S.r.l. Indications are that the various companies have differing liveries but in this case the logo used appears to have come from the agency company Sealine S.a.r.l.. whereas that indicated by the company website is for a swallowtail horizontal biband of ordinary red over dark blue with the white "G" as shown. This "G" format also figures in some of the other liveries with a logo for Grimaldi Group suggesting a dark blue swallowtailed flag with a white "GG" on it, whilst Brown 1995 shows a blue ordinary flag with a single white "G" for Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione S.p.A. which appears to be a member of the Naples division (company website) although itself based in Genoa (according to Lloyds). Going by the funnel of the latter company their shade of blue is lighter than the other variations.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


The flag of this company can be seen in the company site
Dov Gutterman, 23 January 1999

Ignazio Messina

by Jorge Candeias
, 11 Febuary 1999

I believe that this is an italian company. The flag is a red triangle with a white cross throughout and a black shield in the center of the cross containing what seemed to be a 5-pointed star. The original picture was too small, so I'm not at all sure about the exact shape and charges of the shield (particularly the shape above).
Jorge Candeias, 11 Febuary 1999

The company is based in Genoa, so it is Italian company. The image is based on
Dov Gutterman, 11 Febuary 1999

The company website shows an image of the houseflag being a red pennent with a white cross surmounted by the black letter logo "CM". The image displayed from the company website has these letters replaced by a panel of the funnel i.e. black with a white band above a white star. I can find nothing to indicate that this is an actual flag or has replaced the other and it appears to be merely a navigating button for their website. The company have not responded to a query on this matter.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 September 2002

International Shipping & Investments

by Jorge Candeias, 4 March 1999

Unequal vertical tricolour of green white and red. The green stripe bears the initials "RR" in white, the white stripe (the narrower) bears something very similar to the portuguese CoA ,a yellow circular device with holes charged by a white shield with red border. The original picture was too small to see clearly, but something seemed to be in the shield. The red stripe (the wider) bears the initials "ISI" in white.
Jorge Candeias, 4 March 1999

Rimorchiatori Riuiti International Shipping & Investments Ltda formed in 1999 is the full name being a subsidiary of the Rimorchiatori Riuiti S.p.A. group through Portunato & Co. S.r.l.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Italia di Navigazione Srl

by James Dignan , 13 December 1997

"Italian Line" (probably wrong)
by Al Fisher , 1 Febuary 1999

Houseflag of "Italia" Societa Anonima di Navigazione
James Dignan, 13 December 1997

"Italia di Navigazione Srl" is one of the partners in MPE.
Dov Gutterman, 31 July 1999

Stewart shows spear as being white.
Al Fisher, 1 Febuary 1999

Italia di Navigazione Srl and the Italian Line are one and the same. Originating 1932 as Italia Flotte Riunite it was part of the 1936 Italian Government reorganisation becoming from 1.1.1937 Societą per Azione di Navigazione Italia and eventually ended as  Italia di Navigazione S.p.A. The flag combines those of Genoa and Trieste with the latter emblem being a "ranseur" or spear head. No other source suggests that the spear was ever yellow.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Italian Transporti Maritimi

by Ivan Sache, 25 March 2001

The houseflag of the Italian shipping company 'Italian Transporti Maritimi' is a white field with a St. George's cross and a green star in canton. I suspect the company is (or was originally) based in Genoa because of the St. George's cross.
Source: Znamierowski [zna00], p. 245
Ivan Sache, 25 March 2001

Full name is Compagnia Italiana Transporti Marittima S.A. and it was based  Genoa. Known as CITMAR it appears to have ceased trading in the early 1970s.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione

by Jorge Candeias, 12 Febuary 1999

A very dark red and white vertical bicolour, the red part charged with a skinny fleur-de-lys and the white part charged with a very dark red cross throughout.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Febuary 1999

Original of Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione S.P.A flag from (defunct) can be seen here
Dov Gutterman
, 2 Febuary 1999

Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione S.p.A. originated 1833 as Lloyd Austriaco which entered shipping in 1836 and was variously known as Austrian Lloyd, Osterreichischer Lloyd, Austro Hungarian Lloyd Steam Navigation Co. or Austrian Lloyds Steam Navigation Co. A similar variation is shown with its flag with the colour blue being consistent but the yellow charge being either a foul anchor topped with a bishop's style crown placed erect, the charge placed diagonally per bend or placed vertical with a more elaborate crown and being above a yellow scroll inscribed "VORWĘRTS". In 1919 it became Lloyd Triestino and switched from Austria to Italy. The first flag under this name was blue with in the canton a coronet above a foul anchor placed diagonally per bend and in lower fly the half spear with all charges being white although Brown 1929 reverses the flag. However it seem unlikely that charges would be placed in upper fly and lower hoist. One source states that this flag was used until 1935 but this is a bit suspect as Brown 1934 shows the current flag which is the reverse of Italia di Navigazione Srl with the same derivations.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Lloyd Sardegna Compagia di Navigazione

by Al Fisher , 10 Febuary 1999

Lloyd Sardegna Compagnia di Navigazione S.r.l. was formed in 1990 and is the shipowning subsidiary of Compagnia Sarda di Navigazione Marittima S.r.l. which in turn is a subsidiary of Marsano Armatori S.a.s. who were once directly involved in shipping and flew a white flag with a red cross (Genoa based) with the fesse point towards the hoist and a blue "M" surmounting the sinister arm of the cross.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Med Pacific Express

by Jorge Candeias

The logo includes not only this flag. but also an orangevy version of Italia di Navigazione houseflag
Jorge Candeias, 30 January 1998

It is a commercial name of joint Italian companies. As stated in D'Amico company site:
"The company presently handles two regular shipping lines. The first one - dealing only with container transportation - is operated together with Italia di Navigazione S.p.A. of Genoa and carries the commercial name of "Med Pacific Express" using four container vessels, two employed by d'Amico and two by Italia di Navigazione. This liner service is performed between the Mediterranean area, Central America and the North Pacific (Venezuela, Mexico, U.S.A. and Canada). From April 1996 the service has been extended to the Coasts of the South Pacific using two feeder vessels: one of d'Amico, the other one of Italia ."
Dov Gutterman, 15 January 1999

Navigazione Montanari

by Dov Gutterman, 23 July 2002

Based on images at and
Dov Gutterman, 23 July 2002


by Jorge Candeias , 6 March 1999

A dubious flag: could be simply the logo. Black-white-red-black stripes disposed vaguely horizontally, forming a sort of V. The colours and design remind the German Poseidon company.
Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999

I located an image that looks like this company flag at:
Dov Gutterman, 13 Febuary 1999

Premuda S.p.A. According to Brown 1995 the website logo is the flag except Brown shows a narrower chevron and it is not staggered beginning and ending at a similar point towards upper hoist and fly. Lloyds states that the company was formed 1975 as Premuda Societą  di Navigazione per Azioni changing name in 1996. However it appears from website comments that this company probably originated with Giovanni L. Premuda who was operating by at least 1904 and appears to have formed [Societą Anonima di] Navigazione a Vapore G.L. Premuda in 1907 (sources vary with the name) which operated up to WW2 and had a quartered flag of red and green.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003