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Compagnie Maritime Zaïreoise

image by Jarig Bakker, 11 Dec 2005

Compagnie Maritime Zaireoise in Kinshasa has a green flag, with orange disk in centre with letters "CMZ" in yellow. Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995.
Jarig Bakker, 11 Dec 2005

I saw this one in Antwerp once - it may have been locally produced - with thin black letters, italic, and too far away to see if there were any dots. It wasn't on a ship, but on the top of the building where the agent (CMB if I'm not mistaken) had his office.
Jan Mertens, 12 Dec 2005

The name should be "Zaïreoise". The 'i' dieresis is required for correct pronunciation "za-i-rwas"; without it, it would be very similar to "there was".

In spite of the change in the country name to République Démocratique du Congo, the name of the company does not seem to have been changed.
It was once a state company, which experienced a lot of problems.  According to Jean-François Ploquin (Plein Droit, #18-19, October 1992), the company owned 10 ships in 1983 but its last two ships were seized in Antwerp (July 1991) and Zeebrugge (January 1992). I don't know what happened next.
Ivan Sache, 13 Dec 2005