20 May 2020

The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd is the first company to participate in The VIVE Shipping Module

The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd is the first company to participate in The VIVE Shipping Module

The VIVE Programme is delighted to announce that The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd (CNCo) has become the first participant of the newly launched VIVE Shipping Module.


The VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme covers the entire agricultural ingredient supply chain; from field to end-user. We have created modules relevant to each step in supply chains; Farm, Mill, Refinery, Trader and now Shipper.


We can proudly say that the VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme has the capacity and participation to offer a complete end to end sustainability solution, including all pillars of a commodity supply chain under one holistic continuous improvement platform.


Shipping positively affects the lives of billions of people, with 90% of the world’s international trade travelling by sea. The industry accounts for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions1, and there is growing scrutiny of its broader social and environmental impacts.


The industry now faces a range of social and environmental challenges, such as volatile fuel prices, shifting markets and patterns of trade, and changing governance structures.


In the face of all those challenges, CNCo has committed to making shipping a sustainable industry. They are founder members of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative and now, the first to participate in the VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme.


“At CNCo, we actively seek to select and work with suppliers who not only comply with laws and regulations but go beyond by setting standards that are expected of an industry leader. We also have a strong preference for suppliers who seek to integrate principles of sustainable development into all areas of their business. We found this in Czarnikow and are very delighted to work with them in the development of their VIVE shipping module.” Simon Bennett, General Manager, Sustainable Development, The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd

CNCo founded in 1872, and Czarnikow 10 years its senior, share a rich heritage across similar commodity trades and supply chains. The China Navigation Company (CNCO) was initially established to operate Mississippi-style paddle-steamers on China’s Yangtze River, and today is the deep-sea shipping arm and oldest operating entity of the Swire group. Headquartered in Singapore CNCO operate more than 160 vessels, shipping over 25 million tonnes of cargo per year and calling at over 350 ports across 74 countries worldwide.




“We are delighted to partner Czarnikow in developing the shipping module under the VIVE programme. We share a common aspiration for supply chains to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. The VIVE Shipping programme represents another milestone in achieving CNCo’s long-term objective of providing innovative and sustainable shipping solutions, and we  look forward to piloting this initiative in June 2020.” Rob Aarvold, General Manager Swire Bulk, The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd


CNCo has a dedicated Sustainable Development (SD) team that oversees the SD portfolio. The General Manager of SD reports to the Managing Director of CNCo, with the Executive Committee having operational responsibility for economic, operational, health and safety, social and environmental performance within CNCo.


The VIVE Programme commends CNCo for their strong commitment to a better future and looks forward to working closely with the CNCo Sustainable Development team in the years to come.


1 https://www.swirecnco.com/sustainable-development/our-initiatives/sustainable-shipping

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