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DTG (German Shipping Company)
Deutsche Transport-Genossenschaft Binnenschifffahrt
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Deutsche Transport-Genossenschaft Binnenschiffahrt
The Deutsche Transport-Genossenschaft Binnenschiffahrt eG is essentially a transport cooperative for (private) inland navigation in Germany. Judging by the location of its branches, it is mainly active in Northern Germany (the main seat is that Mecca of European inland shippers, Duisburg): Paraphrasing what is said in the section on organization, the DTG wants to ensure high quality and continuous shipments for its members. Representing 140 barges in all, the cooperative is the largest of its kind in Germany. Since 1991 it also encompasses the regional fleets of Elbia-Eilfracht (on the River Elbe), OPV (on the Weser), PTG (on the Rhine and affluent rivers) and TGB (Berlin region and River Oder).
The DTG flag is drawn on above website but please have a look at this page (showing other interesting flags to be treated in future). A white diamond or lozenge touching the borders of the flag is held within black and red triangles (hoist) resp. red and black ones (fly); in the centre the black DTG initials (no serifs; the central ‘T’ larger) are placed on a yellow stylized anchor.
Surely it is no coincidence that the flag contains both the former national colours black-white-red and the current black-red-yellow (it would be interesting to know just when DTG was founded). On the other hand, the area of activity is to a great extent that of the former state of Prussia.
Here is a link showing the DTG flag in action on the barge ‘Leopard’, photo found on the Binnenvaart site.
Jan Mertens, 25 Mar 2006
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Apr 2006
See also a DTG pennant, recently withdrawn from eBay (object no. 6620642469).
Thanks to the stylized form of the anchor, the pennant does not cause a substantial deformation of a design conceived for a rectangle.
Jan Mertens, 24 Apr 2006
The company's ships use a pennant, stuck upon the prow. It has the same pattern as the flag. I spotted this pennant on 28 March at Billwerder Bucht/Hamburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 June 2007
TGB (Transport Genossenschaft Berlin)
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Mar 2009
Transport Genossenschaft Berlin (T.G.B.)
T.G.B. was overtaken by WTG in 1990 after German reunion. I believe, T.G.B. was a shadow company of DTG, for being located in West-Berlin where the administrative control was practiced by allied four powers, Western German companies were not allowed to run branches there. After Germany regained full sovereignty the company was dissolved and became part of DTG.
The flag was very similar to that one of DTG, but the anchor also had
a rope and the initials of the company upon the flag were dotted.
I spotted an image of this flag on 10 June 2007 on a ship in Billwerder Bucht in Hamburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Mar 2009
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