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image by Ivan Sache, 14 October 2000

A white pennant with the Hungarian national flag in the middle, extending all over the pennant length, and a black anchor over the national flag, shifted to hoist. The flag flies over the Mahart building in the center of Budapest (Pest side). It can also be seen very often in touristic leaflets, used as logo on a blue rectangular background.
Mahart seems to have a kind of monopoly on sailing in Hungary, so I suspect it is a national company or the privatized avatar of the former national company during Communist period. In that sense, it would have been a kind of unofficial civil ensign
Ivan Sache, 14 October 2000

MAHART = MAgyar HAjózási RT means Hungarian Shipping Co. Ltd.
Information about MAHART (in English) at <>.
István Molnár, 15 October 2000

Balatoni Hajózási RT

image by Ivan Sache, 24 May 2009

Balatoni Hajózási (Balaton Shipping Co.) was founded on 21 September 1846 with the launching of the steamboat "Kisfaludy". The company operates today 26 motor passenger ships serving 22 ports around Lake Balaton. Most important, the ferry service between Szántórév and Tihanyrév links the northern and southern shores of the lake. The company also owns one hotel and several marinas. For more details see: <>.
The flag of Balatoni Hajózási is horiztonally divided blue-white-blue- white-blue-white-blue with a red canton covering three horizontal stripes and c. 40% of the flag width, charged with the yellow letters "BH". The stripes and canton are outlined in yellow, except along the hoist.
The flag is shown on a photo available on Flickr (August 2007). It is confirmed by another photo shown on the website of the shipping company.
Ivan Sache, 14 October 2000 and 24 May 2009

Balaton Hajózási RT is indeed a division of Mahart and also a yacht-club. MAHART Lake Balaton Shipping Co. Ltd site also at <>.
István Molnár, 15 October 2000