Biodiversity

As part of its commitment to making its business ethically, socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable, CNCo seeks to minimise the impacts of its services on biodiversity in regions it operates.

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We require full compliance with relevant environmental laws and regulations at all times. However, special attention has been given in our operating procedures to the periods when our ships are transiting designated Marine Protected Areas (“MPAs”). The only MPA our trading pattern in 2012 took our ships through was the Great Barrier Reef.

In 2012 the fleet made 61 transits of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which was created in 1975 by the Government of Australia and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. An International Union for Nature Conservation (“IUCN”) category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources), the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area has been divided into 70 bioregions, of which 30 are reef bioregions, and 40 are non-reef bioregions. Fishing and the removal of artefacts or wildlife (fish, coral, sea shells, etc.) is strictly regulated, and commercial shipping traffic must stick to certain specific defined shipping routes that avoid the most sensitive areas of the park.

The 61 transits took a total of 96.6 ship-days’ duration with an average transit time of 10.8 days each, and there were no infringements recorded or observed. Further to preserve indigenous marine biodiversity and avoid contamination by invasive species, all vessels moving internationally into US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Russian Federation waters practice good Ballast Water Management (“BWM”), even prior to the full entry into force of the IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments.

As at 12 Sep 2012, 36 IMO member states had ratified the BWM convention (not including HK, Singapore, UK or USA), equating to 29.07% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet, up from 22 states in the previous year. The convention will come into effect 12 months after 30 countries representing a combined total gross tonnage of more than 35% of the world’s merchant fleet have ratified it. There are still issues with type approval of some of the technical equipment required under this convention.

The design of all of our new “S” and “W” class ships under construction are “BWM-system ready”. The only reason for not fitting the equipment at this time is to ensure that the equipment fitted is technically type-approved to meet both the IMO BWM Convention and the US Coast Guard BWM requirements that are due to come into force by Jan 2016.