Contracted & Owned Ships
Voyages Per Year
2020 figures. Employees figure excludes seafarers.
Our Marine team uses its expertise, precision scheduling systems and global communication network to orchestrate and operate a fleet of more than 230 ships that transport millions of tonnes of product across multiple continents, making Rio Tinto one of the largest dry bulk shippers in the world. For example, we ship more than 300 million tonnes of iron ore every year from our ports in Western Australia to steel mills in Asia, a journey that can take up to 12 days.
We contract most of the ships we use, but own a fleet of 17, which are managed and crewed by Anglo Eastern Limited and ASP Ship Management Limited.
We are committed to high maritime operational and safety standards, and adhere to all applicable maritime laws and regulations across our owned and chartered ships, including the Maritime Labour Convention.
Sustainability at Sea
In 2001 we established RightShip, a joint-venture with BHP and Cargill, to increase transparency and improve maritime safety and environmental standards by helping customers identify, manage and eliminate risks in the marine supply chain. For example, RightShip developed a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rating, comparing ships according to their energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. Today, the GHG Rating is widely used across the maritime industry, helping users choose more efficient, sustainable ships.