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See company website: "Team Lines
maintains several offices in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Our head office
is situated in Hamburg at the Sloman-House, which is close to the harbour
area - a renowned address for shipping companies."
Jarig Bakker, 2 June 2007
TEAM LINES GmbH & Co. KG - The company is located in the Sloman
building at Baumwall 3 near the Hamburg harbour area.
In 1846 the Mathies-Reederei was established and Rob M. Sloman acquired shares of that company. After WWII the shipping company Johannes Ick moved from Danzig to Hamburg. Both companies were lead by Harald Sommer.
In 1966 Mathies-Reederei, H.M. Gehrckens and Nordström &Thulin had established the TEAMLINE, bought two new Ro-Ro ships, began a shipping line to Sweden andů closed the company in 1972 selling both ships.
In 1991 Rob M. Sloman, Ernst Russ and Harald Sommer founded the new company TEAM LINES GmbH & Co. KG in order to make profits in the expanding market Baltic-feeder shipping. Under the roof of this company the competors connected their activities in North Sea and Baltic Sea. Manager became Harald Sommer. Within the next ten years the company became the number two in business and had branches in Helsinki, Gothenburg and Oslo.
In April 2001 the company FINNLINES O.Y. overtook 68,2% of the shares from Russ and Sommer. Obviously Sloman had already sold his 31,8% earlier.
Though the company was profitable it was sold to a newcomer from Antwerpen,
the DELPHIS B.V., in July 2006. DELPHIS had been established in 2004 and
had branches in Spain, Portugal and Poland and expanded now to Scandinavia
and has now spread out all over Europe from Gibraltar to St.Petersburg.
The trident flag was used until 2006 and since then the dolphin flag.
Klaus-Peter Bühne, translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2009
Team Linie, Hamburg - red over blue flag, white trident.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2005
Image corrected after information provided by Jan Mertens about
real Teamline flags on Josef
Nüsse's site and Shipspotting
sites. Teamlines is now property of the Belgian company Delphis, Antwerp
based. That company's website features
prominently the dolphin, as featuring on the new Teamlines flag.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Jun 2007
Cycling towards the Danish-German border, I saw ships on the Kiel canal
belonging to the shipping company Teamlines registered in Rendsburg
and Hamburg, their house flag red over blue with
a rather rectangular white trident.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 Aug 2001
The Team Lines house flag can be seen at their
Santiago Dotor, 18 May 2005