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Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij

Dutch East Indies, 1888 - 1966

Institution: Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij
Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM) (Royal Packet Navigation Company) was a Dutch shipping company (1888–1966) in the Netherlands East Indies. It maintained the connections between the islands of Indonesia, and supported the unification of the Dutch colony economy as the Netherlands expanded its territory across the Indonesian archipelago. With independence and establishment of Indonesia as a nation the company faced with nationalization and moved its headquarters and international shipping assets to Singapore in 1958. KPM itself continued until January 1, 1967, when it merged with the Koninklijke Java China Paketvaart Lijnen (KJCPL) of Amsterdam. Crews and ships continued service with other lines until finally all former KPM elements were taken over by Nedlloyd in 1977.