Leading supplier of
essential services to the
offshore oil industry

World's largest supplier
of specialist offshore
cargo carrying units

Owner operator of
multipurpose, bulk and
specialist tonnage

Marine Services

The Swire group's involvement in the marine industry dates back over 145 years, with interests covering a wide range of activities. These include liner shipping and the provision of offshore support services to the international oil and gas industry; harbour and ocean towage and salvage, and ship repair and shipping agency services.

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) was established by Swire in 1872 – originally to operate paddle steamers on China's Yangtze River. Today, in addition to ship owning and management, CNCo acts as the holding company for Swire's liner shipping operations and shipping agency businesses, which are concentrated in its core Asia Pacific trading region.

The 1970s oil boom encouraged Swire to become involved in offshore marine support, forming Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) in 1975. Since then, the company has established a reputation as a leading supplier of marine services focussing primarily on the offshore energy industry, equipped to support a wide range of offshore activities including exploration, drilling and production, pipe-lay, subsea construction, and rig moves, as well as wind turbine installation.

Shipping Lines
The China Navigation Company Limited (CNCo)

The China Navigation Company Limited (CNCo)

The China Navigation Company is the wholly owned deep-sea shipping arm of John Swire & Sons Limited. Headquartered in Singapore, the company has established representative offices in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Papua New Guinea, the USA and the UK. The company operates a global network of multipurpose liner services, dry bulk, and bulk logistics services through its three business divisions: Swire Shipping, Swire Bulk, and Swire Bulk Logistics.

CNCo owns a diverse fleet of container, multipurpose, general cargo and bulk carrier vessels to service its global trades. These owned vessels are supplemented by chartered-in vessels on a mixture of short, medium and long-term charters to meet the requirements of CNCo's liner business, Swire Shipping, and its handy-size dry bulk carrier business, Swire Bulk.

CNCo currently operates a fleet of over 100 container, multipurpose, bulk carrier and cement carrier vessels to service its global trades.

CNCo around the world

Consort Express Lines

Consort Express Lines

Swire subsidiary, Steamships Trading Company, has a 70% shareholding in Consort Express Lines, a leading provider of coastal and river shipping services in Papua New Guinea. Its liner trades service 17 ports in Papua New Guinea and the company also provides project charters.

Swire Shipping

Swire Shipping

Swire Shipping is the brand name for the liner shipping services wholly owned and operated by CNCo. As a multipurpose liner shipping specialist, Swire Shipping has an unrivalled reputation for service, operational excellence and reliability and is equipped to handle break-bulk, containerised, refrigerated and bulk cargoes, connecting over 400 ports globally. Swire Shipping maintains a worldwide agency network, in addition to its own representative offices across Asia, Australasia, the Pacific Islands, North America and Europe, providing its customers with dedicated service and expert market knowledge.

Swire Bulk

Swire Bulk

Founded in 2012, Swire Bulk is the most recent addition to CNCo’s maritime portfolio. Swire Bulk operates on a global platform, with offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne, San Francisco, Shanghai, Vancouver, London and Miami. Through a structured tonnage strategy, Swire Bulk currently has 31 owned vessels afloat and operates a total fleet of 85 handy-size bulk carriers worldwide. Headquartered in Singapore, the division aims to provide a competitive and sustainable shipping solution for its core charterers and industrial partners, through the deployment of a modern, fuel-efficient fleet.

Swire Bulk Logistics

Swire Bulk Logistics

Swire Bulk Logistics provides competitive logistics solutions and services to support its customers' supply chain requirements. The division specialises in industrial shipping, including cement carrying and the handling of dry bulk materials at sea. Swire Bulk Logistics is experienced in the design, build and operation of specialist vessels, including floating cranes, cement ships and transhipment vessels, enabling it to offer tailor-made solutions for the loading and discharge of cargo in the most challenging offshore locations.

Offshore Support Services
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Limited (SPO)

Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Limited (SPO)

A wholly owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific, Swire Pacific Offshore plays a major role in supporting the global offshore oil and gas industry. With over 40 years of experience, SPO operates one of the world’s largest and most modern offshore support fleets and is fully equipped to support a wide range of exploration and production activities. SPO owns and operates 78 offshore support vessels, encompasses anchor handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, and construction and specialist vessels (CSVs). The CSVs consist of inspection, maintenance and repair vessels, seismic survey vessels, wind farm installation vessels, accommodation barges, a light construction subsea vessel and a high speed catamaran crew boat. The company plays a central role in the design, specification and build process for each new series of vessels, ensuring its fleet is outfitted and equipped to the very highest standards and supported by robust inventory and supply chain arrangements.

SPO and its subsidiaries offer an extensive range of marine services and are able to cater to seismic survey support, marine salvage, oil spill preparedness and response, offshore wind farm installation and decommissioning, and subsea/ROV support.

SPO’s dedicated training facility in Singapore, the Swire Marine Training Centre, is equipped with state-of-the-art vessel simulators and equipment to provide ongoing training for its own employees, as well as offering courses to external clients.

SPO around the world

Offshore Solutions Limited

Offshore Solutions Limited

Established in 2000, this joint venture company offers integrated marine and logistics services to New Zealand's offshore oil and gas industry.

Pacific Towing (PNG) Limited

Pacific Towing (PNG) Limited

Swire subsidiary, Steamships Trading Company, has a 100% shareholding in Pacific Towing, a harbour towing, offshore support and salvage operation that owns and operates 12 tugs and nine line boats across seven ports in Papua New Guinea.

SCF Swire Offshore Pte. Limited

SCF Swire Offshore Pte. Limited

Swire Pacific Offshore has a 50% shareholding in this company, which operates three ice-breaking supply vessels in Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East.

Swire Blue Ocean A/S

Swire Blue Ocean A/S

Copenhagen-based Swire Blue Ocean has developed an innovative vessel design for the installation of offshore wind turbines and foundations; two vessels of this design entered into service in 2013. The business aims to be a leading marine services provider to the offshore wind energy market.

Swire Emergency Response Division

Swire Emergency Response Division

Focused on providing knowledge-driven emergency response solutions to its clients, Swire Emergency Response (SER) was formed by the integration of two of Swire Pacific Offshore’s specialist subsidiaries, Swire Salvage and Swire Emergency Response services. The division provides five core services: Marine Towage, Marine Salvage, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Consultancy and Project Management and Environmental Consultancy and Training. The ability to draw on the tonnage, key competencies and expertise of SPO and its affiliates to supplement SER’s own strategically positioned resources, personnel and equipment, ensures a safe, prompt and professional response when managing marine casualties worldwide.

Swire Oilfield Services Limited

Swire Oilfield Services Limited

A wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Limited, Swire Oilfield Services is the world's largest supplier of specialist offshore containers to the global energy industry and a leading supplier of cargo-carrying solutions, testing and inspection services, offshore aviation services, chemical management and track-and-trace solutions. Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, Swire Oilfield Services operates from 61 bases across Europe, Africa, North & South America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Swire Oilfield Services' rental fleet of over 55,000 DNV 2.7-1, 2.7-2, and 2.7-3-certified offshore containers and modular systems includes an extensive range of standard and specialised offshore containers, cargo baskets, mud skips, freezer units, pressurised and non-pressurised modules, as well as aviation fuel and chemical transportation tanks. The company also provides comprehensive bulk storage and distribution of oilfield chemicals, as well as helicopter refuelling systems, maintenance, training and auditing services. The company's OverVu Track and Trace Solutions, a web-based software platform, enables customers to identify, locate and trace assets, equipment and materials across the globe, using a combination of auto-ID technology.

Swire Seabed AS

Swire Seabed AS

In 2012, Swire Pacific Offshore acquired Seabed AS, based in Bergen, Norway. The company offers total subsea project execution packages, excelling in delivering efficient customised solutions to meet the most demanding and complex of customer requirements. This integration of cutting-edge practical expertise into a robust international group ensures Swire Seabed is able to deliver reliable offshore construction support, ROV and survey services to the oil and gas and renewables sectors worldwide.

HUD group

HUD group

Trading as Hongkong Salvage & Towage, the HUD Group's Salvage & Towage Division operates Hong Kong's largest and most modern tug fleet, comprising 13 tugs. The division is the only Hong Kong member of the International Salvage Union and a corporate member of the China Rescue & Salvage Association.

In addition to 24-hour Hong Kong Harbour towage, services include emergency salvage, fire-fighting, oil spill control and overseas chartering on both short and long-term contracts, including oil rig moves and undersea cable-laying projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. HUD Salvage & Towage also manages six specialised fully-cellular container vessels in support of Hong Kong government contracts to transport municipal solid waste to landfills from waste transfer stations in urban areas and on outlying islands.

HUD has established an excellent reputation as a building design and project management specialist, completing projects for a number of overseas clients. The Group has also participated in numerous major infrastructure and construction projects in Hong Kong, including the five Hong Kong cross-harbour road and railway tunnels, the artificial island for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities and, most recently, the new Three-Runway System for Hong Kong International Airport.

Ship Repair and Engineering
HUD group

HUD group

Hongkong United Dockyards Limited (HUD) was formed in 1972 through the merger of Hong Kong's two leading dockyard and engineering companies; Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company and Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company. Headquartered in Tsing Yi, the company offers a combination of engineering facilities with direct sea access, ideally suited to servicing major projects in Hong Kong.

The HUD group's Engineering Division provides both marine and land-based services. Its marine expertise encompasses a wide range of ship repair work, including dry-docking, alongside, and harbour repairs. In recent years, the division has also expanded its scope of services to include regular maintenance of container terminal facilities and public utilities. To meet the upsurge in infrastructure and construction projects in Hong Kong, the division has developed a strong team of engineers and technicians with the skills to participate in a range of large-scale, multi-disciplinary heavy industrial engineering projects, providing one-stop, turnkey solutions to its clients.

In 2015, HUD formed the joint venture company, Hongkong United Reinforcement Engineering Limited (HURE), to offer a solution to the limitations of traditional on-site handling of steel materials in the local construction industry. Through its world-class rebar processing facility, the company produces high-quality prefabricated steel, as well as other cut and bent reinforcement bar products, in accordance with customers’ requirements. Its products not only offer improved construction quality, but also ensure better site safety, environmental protection, time-management and cost-effectiveness. Taking advantage of its seafront access and close proximity to main arterial roads, HURE also provides customised logistics and supply chain solutions, from steel supply to product delivery services to designated construction sites, offering optimal distribution services to its clients.

Shipping Agencies and Stevedoring
Swire Shipping Agencies

Swire Shipping Agencies

The China Navigation Company operates shipping agencies for its liner shipping trades across multiple ports in Australia, New Zealand, Mainland China, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Taiwan, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia. Tradco Shipping Limited and Guadalcanal Travel Services Limited provide shipping and travel agency services respectively in the Solomon Islands.

Quadrant Pacific Limited

Quadrant Pacific Limited

The China Navigation Company holds a 67% shareholding in Quadrant Pacific, which operates shipping agency services in New Zealand. Quadrant Pacific provides third-party agency services to the forestry and oil industries, as well as husbandry services for Swire Shipping in New Zealand. The company also engages in cargo management, freight forwarding, export documentation, and customs broking services in New Zealand from its office in Tauranga. Cubic Transport Limited, a non-vessel operating common carrier that provides domestic shipping solutions in New Zealand, is a jointly-controlled associate of Quadrant Pacific. Quadrant Pacific also owns 50% of Independent Stevedoring Limited, a general and terminal stevedoring business that operates within the ports of Tauranga and Whangarei.

Joint Venture Port Services

Joint Venture Port Services

Steamships Trading Company division, Joint Venture Port Services, is a shareholder and manager of stevedoring companies in eight major ports in Papua New Guinea, offering a full range of ship-handling facilities in conjunction with local landowner groups.

Manning
Swire Pacific Ship Management Limited

Swire Pacific Ship Management Limited

Swire Pacific Ship Management (SPSM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore that provides fleet personnel services to Swire's subsidiary and associate marine interests. SPSM provides manning services for The China Navigation Company's multipurpose and bulk carrier fleet, the Swire Pacific Offshore fleet, as well as the seagoing and harbour tugs owned by the HUD group. Headquartered in Singapore, SPSM draws on a register of over 2,000 officers and ratings from around the world. SPSM has a shareholding in Anscor Swire Ship Management, a joint venture based in Manila that provides Filipino manning services to Swire's marine interests.