House flag of Exmar
The roots of Exmar, a company based today in Antwerp, have to be found in Temse, where Bernard Boel founded a shipyard. It started as a small wooden riverboats shipyard and became progressively of international fame, under the successive rule of Georges Van Damme, Boel's son in law, and Philippe Saverys, Van Damme's son in law. In the 1980s the Saverys family built several gas tankers for the family-owned gas shipping company Exmar. In 1992, the Saverys acquired the Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB); all the gas-related activities of the CMB were concentrated in Exmar. In the 1990s, Exmar owned 21 gas carriers. On 20 June 2003, Exmar was demerged from CMB.
Exmar is currently active in shipping, offshore and shipmanagement. Exmar currently manages a fleet of 56 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) tankers, of which the group owns 21 and has co-ownership of 20. The remainder are chartered for short or longer periods. In addition to Methania, EXMAR currently operates another two LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) tankers, Excalibur (delivered in 2002) and Excel (delivered in 2003). Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (Japan) has 50% ownership of the latter. Excelsior, the first ship equipped with the system to convert liquefied natural gas to vapour on board (LNGRV), was delivered in January 2005. There are two LNGRVs under construction.
The house flag of Exmar is shown on the company website as a blue flag with a white lozenge charged with a red seriffed E.
Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World (1995) shows the same flag but with a bigger, sans-serrifed E.