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Our Journey

1872
THE ORIGIN

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) enjoys a rich heritage; it was founded in 1872 where it operated Mississippi-style paddle-steamers on China’s Yangtze River. As the shipping arm and oldest operating entity of the Swire group, CNCo has grown in tandem with the global economy
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2012
THE START

Swire Bulk is launched as a division under The China Navigation Company (CNCo)

2013
NEW BUILD PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

Commencement of delivery of 32 Handysize vessels including 24 loggers

2014
DEVELOPS OPERATING PLATFORM

Establishes solid operating platform within 2 years of inception

2019
ACQUIRES HAMBURG SÜD DRY BULK DIVISION

Acquires the Dry Bulk Division of Hamburg Sud, expanding our presence in the Ultramax sector

2020
LEADING OPERATOR

Transitioning from a leading operator in Pacific to a global Owner-Operator

2021
SWIRE BULK OPERATES AS AN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS

To accelerate growth and efficiency, Swire Bulk separates from CNCo to become a separate entity under the Swire Group.

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) is the wholly owned shipping arm of John Swire & Sons Limited and is the oldest operating entity of the Swire Group.

CNCo was established in 1872, where it operated Mississippi-style paddle-steamers on China’s Yangtze River. CNCo has grown in tandem with the global economy. Today, it is headquartered in Singapore, with 32 offices in 17 countries.

Swire Bulk was established in 2012 as the dry bulk trading division of CNCo. Following Swire Bulk’s separation from CNCo in 2021, CNCo will continue to offer customers safe, sustainable and innovative shipping solutions all over the world through its business divisions, Swire Shipping and Swire Projects.

Our vision and values form the core of what we do and why we do it. These in turn shape our commitment to operational excellence.