Our initiatives

Carbon/Environment

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.

Swire Bulk Pte Ltd (“Swire Bulk”) 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 across our owned and managed vessel fleet.
  • 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 Swire Bulk’s environmental objectives, progress and initiatives, please refer to the Carbon/Environment section of our Sustainable Development reports.
More than 98% of Swire Bulk’s GHG footprint is produced from the combustion of residual fossil fuels in internal combustion engines on ships. Swire Bulk began partnering with Argent Energy in our first attempt to look at the alternative energy sources to decarbonise our business. Swire Bulk ran two R&D trials (phases) using Argent’s BioFuel Oil which is derived from waste product feedstock.

Read more about this partnership here.

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”).


Read more about this project here.