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Australian Coastal Shipping Commission/Australian National Line Flag

Jul 14, 2017

[Australian Coastal Shipping Commission flag] 

The house flag of the Australian Coastal Shipping Commission, Melbourne. A flag with a white field bearing a blue cross. The letters 'ACSC' in red appear in the four quarters. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope is attached. This design was in use from 1956 to 1968 when the initials 'ACSC' were replaced by 'ANL' in the first quarter.

The Commission was established by Act of Parliament on 1 October 1956 to take over and manage vessels previously under the control of the Australian Shipping Board. This body had been made responsible for the management of merchant vessels in government ownership as a result of wartime conditions. The registered name of the fleet was the Australian National Line. It extended its operations to Japan and Europe in 1969 and to other countries in the 1970s. In 1974 it became the Australian Shipping Commission and was replaced by the wholly government owned Australian National Line in 1989.


In mid 1969 the flag was changed with the letters becoming "ANL" in red placed in the canton:
[ANL flag, 1969-84] 

Then in 1984, after green and gold had officially been declared the Australian colours, the flag became white with a green cross and the gold letters "ANL" in the canton: 
[ANL flag, 1984] 

However these colours did not stand out and soon came under reconsideration. There was a report of a version with a light grey field but this was probably a weathered white and the real change was to a green field with a gold cross and lettering: 
[Australian National Line flag] 

ANL Ltd., as it became in 1989, was dismantled by the Australian Government in 1998 with the name rights and overseas vessels being acquired by what is now CMA CGM Holdings. The name is still in use by this group as the subsidiaries ANL Container Line Pty. Ltd. and ANL Singapore Pte. Ltd. using chartered tonnage which still bear the ANL funnel colours but I have no knowledge of whether the flag still flies.