Where it all began

We started out as The China Navigation Company (CNCo) on the banks of the Yangtze River in 1872 where we operated a modest fleet of Mississippi-style paddle steamers. Swire Shipping was then the brand name for all liner shipping services operated by CNCo. Over the years, the Swire Shipping brand has become synonymous with being a leader in providing sustainable liner shipping services in the Asia-Pacific markets. In October 2021, CNCo was renamed Swire Shipping Pte. Ltd. as part of a wider exercise to streamline the two brand identities into a single brand, building on Swire Shipping’s well-established name. The CNCo name is an important part of our heritage and remains the name of our holding company in the United Kingdom where we are called The China Navigation Company Ltd.