We will help to create a resilient environment that provides for our future by pursuing a long term goal of decarbonisation and optimising energy efficiency and protecting and, where viable, enhancing the biodiversity of the environment.

Over the years, we have made significant progress towards environmental sustainability by adopting a proactive approach towards sustainable shipping, expanding our fuel-efficient fleet and implementing a number of operational initiatives.

The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd ("CNCo") manages all risks that have the potential to impact our operations. We are measuring, monitoring and reporting our Environmental impact and have a number of initiatives in place to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impact. Some of the initiatives to improve fleet fuel efficiency performance include:

  • Monitoring voyages on-line and taking actions in case of speed deviation.
  • Optimising and monitoring trim across multipurpose vessels (MPV) and bulk carriers fleets.
  • Using high quality anti-fouling and slime release technology paints for under-water hull areas.
  • Premature dry-docking of a number of poor performing vessels to clean or renew the under-water paint system to improve fuel efficiency.
  • Monitoring hull and propeller performance.
  • Monitoring electrical and boiler consumptions across the fleet.

To find out more about CNCo’s environmental objectives, progress and initiatives, please refer to the Carbon/Environment section of our Sustainable Development reports.

Radical Decarbonisation

More than 98% of CNCo’s GHG footprint is produced from the combustion of residual fossil fuels in internal combustion engines on ships.

CNCo began a partnering with Argent Energy in our first attempt to look at the alternative energy sources to decarbonise our business. CNCo ran two R&D trials (phases) using Argent’s BioFuel Oil which is derived from waste product feedstock.

Read more about this partnership here.

Green Shipping Containers

To reduce CNCo’s carbon footprint, CNCo has invested in producing more sustainable shipping containers using water-based paint and bamboo flooring.

The water-based paint poses less harm to the marine ecosystem as it is zinc-free and reduces solvent emissions of up to 72%.

Read more about the new generation of eco-friendly shipping containers here

Project Cerulean

Project Cerulean aims to develop a new class of small cargo freighter, which, once proven to be commercially viable to operate, can be scaled up in numbers to provide a cost-effective solution for any currently marginalised communities and/or those with limited or no cargo handling infrastructure in the Pacific Island Communities and Territories (“PICT”).

CNCo has budgeted an initial investment of around USD 2.5million to design, build and operate a pilot low-cost, low-carbon, low-tech freighter.

Read more about this project here. View the press release here.