Jan Vermeij, CEO at Ultranav

“For us at Ultranav, contributing actively with
concrete steps aimed at achieving a transition
to zero emissions in the shipping industry is a
significant part of our decarbonisation strategy.”


Ultranav has joined the
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller Center
for Zero Carbon Shipping
as Mission Ambassador

Call to Action

Ultranav joins the Call to Action for
Shipping Decarbonisation launched by
Global Maritime Forum

Climate change

The worldwide focus on climate issues is intensifying as a rapid pace. According to IMO, shipping accounts for 80% of the world trade, and emits about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, and while IMO makes an effort to align all member states to install regulations in the form of EEXI and CII as a framework for a level playing field, the shipping industry already takes some necessary measures. Proper timing is quintessential, when endeavouring into the energy transition. We put a great focus on efficiency and technology, while we are partnering up and looking out for new fuels without risking to end up with stranded assets along the way.

The Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation was formally presented in conjunction with the UN General Assembly and ahead of climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Ultranav was one of the initial 150 signatories. This was a logical step in line with our decarbonisation strategy and comes at a crucial time.

While the private sector can lead the way by investing in zero emission technology, this can only happen at the required pace and scale if the national and international policies close the price gap. The Call to Action calls on governments to work together with industry to deliver the policies and investments needed to reach critical tipping points in decarbonising global supply chains and the global economy.

It has been a reiteration of the Ultranav initial decarbonisation pathway to exceed IMO’s targets and Ultranav formalised the commitment to drive initiatives with the objective of predominantly deploying zero emission vessels in domestic trades by 2045. And by 2050, commit to deploying a zero emission fleet in international commercial operations.

Climate targets

By 2030,

Ultranav is committed to reduce the carbon intensity of the fleet by 50% compared to 2008.

By 2045,

Ultranav aims to have a zero emission fleet in domestic commercial operations.

By 2050,

Ultranav is committed to have a zero emission fleet in international commercial operations and to be climate neutral.

GHG strategy

The Ultranav group have outlined a decarbonisation strategy built on 8 pillars. The goal is to play an active role in exceeding IMO’s mandatory targets of reducing CO2 intensity by at least 40% until 2030 and total GHG emissions by 50% until 2050.

Within each of these 8 pillars, Ultranav has identified a list of projects and initiatives, existing as well as new ones, to be further pursued in the effort to support the sustainability agenda. Taking on the climate challenge is not all about regulations and restrictions. It also offers a variety of opportunities for us as a group as well as for the shipping industry and society at large.

The 8 pillars are:


Energy efficiency




New technology


Shared responsibility with our customers


Education and awareness


Transparent and accurate reporting




Carbon credits


Ultranav strives towards having a minimal environmental impact. Our operations comply with MARPOL – including the Ballast Water Treatment BWMS code, EU-MRV and IMO-DCS data collection requirements, ISO 14001 certification and the Sulphur Cap. Procedures are in place to prevent oil spills, managing ballast water and waste disposal, and we adhere to the Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

Ultranav has a Sustainable Procurement Policy to continuously improve environmental footprint, as well as socially responsible purchasing of goods and services. The main areas covered in the policy are the following:

  • Reduction of plastics (with an objective to eliminate) both in purchased goods and in the supply chain.
  • Reduction of CO2 in terms of goods (alternative products – enhanced assessment of suppliers) and services (emissions in the downstream supply chain).
  • Responsible disposal of garbage (commitment by suppliers), alternatively recycling where possible.
  • Anchors for standards: Eco Vadis, IMPA ACT & Green Business Bureau (GBB), Global Compact.
Fleet Emissions 2022
Segments Businesses Emissions*
tonne CO2
from 2021
Gas carriers Naviera Transoceánica 12,303 150.5 -2%
Tankers Ultratank 252,912 18.4 -6%
Cape Tankers 602,250 13.2 -1%
Clean Products Tankers Alliance 284,351 16.0 1%
Antares Naviera 137,051
Naviera Transoceánica 27,658 53.2 33%
Ultranav Chile 100,059 14.0 -47%
Dry bulk Ultrabulk 1,707,710 9.2 3%
Horizon 302,620 7.4 -1%
MPP Ultranav Chile 58,516 27.7 45%
Harbour towage
Ultratug 45,895
3,531,324 10.4
Comment: Coastal and short distance voyages will by the nature of the trading pattern always have a higher EEOI.
* Includes all owned and operated ships.
** Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator of voyages with full operational control based on cargo transported.

At Ultranav we are always looking to rethink and develop our practices towards a greener solution. We believe that everyone must own up to the environment and be aware of one’s emissions. That’s why we say:

“Every ton of CO2 counts”


With this guiding principle in mind, we hope to find even more partners and solutions that will help us achieve our climate targets and ultimately lead us to a zero emission fleet and to be climate neutral by 2050.

Safety first

As one of the Ultranav corporate values, safety takes a significant part of daily operations. All our crews around the world are part of the UltraSafe programme, designed specifically to anchor safety within our culture. The goal has been to design a global programme with shared safety processes, behaviours, tools and methods, but also allowing each company to carry out the necessary local adjustments. The aim is to create a safety culture everyone trusts; resilient and strong. The key is to trust in each other’s commitment and accountability, while contributing with passion and integrity.

UltraSafe Programme

This programme has been implemented over the past years in all Ultranav’s business units with special focus on all shipmanagement activities and it has implicated changes in our procedures, measurements and goals both at sea and ashore. With the implementation of Safety Delta, we made listening to our crews the starting point of our drive towards safer operations.

Sustainability reports


Ultranav annual report - Sustainability 2022


Ultranav International ApS CSR report 2022


Ultranav annual report - Sustainability 2021


Ultranav Denmark ApS CSR report 2021


Ultranav annual report - Sustainability 2020


Ultranav Denmark ApS CSR report 2020


Ultranav Denmark ApS CSR report 2019


Ultranav Denmark ApS CSR report 2018

A partner you can trust

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. They are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership.

Getting to Zero Coalition

The Getting to Zero Coalition is committed to supporting the development of Zero Emission Vessels by 2030, whilst also pursuing a full decarbonisation of the industry by 2050.

Danish Shipping

Danish Shipping is a trade and employer organisation playing an active role in relation to the authorities and decision-makers nationally and internationally.

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

MMMCZCS is a non-profit, independant research and development center looking to accelerate the transition towards a net-zero future for the maritime industry.

ABS Quality Evaluations

ABS Quality Evaluations is a global leader in certified performance and has assessed the carbon emission inventory and footprint calculation of Ultranav International.


Meet the Management Team and the Board of Directors.


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