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The Challenge

A Shell A-Class tanker in heavy seas

Heavy weather is just one of the many challenges Shell Shipping face in delivering vital resources to meet the growing global demand for energy

The shipping of oil liquids and natural gases is vital to maintaining energy security, particularly in regions where indigenous resources cannot keep up with demand for power and mobility. Equally, oil and natural gas exporting countries depend heavily on shipping to honour their contracts with importers.

Many companies – including Shell – are investing to develop alternative and renewable sources of energy. But oil and gas will remain very important in the energy mix to 2050 and beyond. During that time, about three billion more consumers will be added to the world’s population.

And living standards in fast-growing, highly populous economies such as China and India are expected to see dramatic change. The global economy and global energy consumption will undoubtedly continue to fluctuate, but the underlying trend in energy use will still be up – and so will demand for shipping.

Meeting that Challenge head on

The Shell Shipping organisation is based in London, with specialist centres in Houston, The Hague, Singapore, Perth and Tokyo - networked to maritime professionals across the globe. Offering high level expertise and decades of experience, we provide group businesses and operations with an unmatched and vital resource.

Arctic shipping

Our connectivity with different customer groups in Shell focuses on the aspects of their business where we can add most value.

Shell Shipping’s work supports many of Shell’s success stories: For example, in liquefied natural gas (LNG), and in marine elements of floating production and storage systems. Shell Shipping enables the Trading organisation to deliver safely on its contracts.

We safeguard Shell’s standards and reputation regarding maritime safety, environment, vessel quality assurance, oil spill preparedness, port and berth assessments, and emergency management.

We carry out audits as a governance assurance process for all group businesses with exposure to maritime activities and shipping.

Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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10 Jul 2015

Shell Energy Europe Ltd. (Shell) has signed a binding sales and purchase agreement for Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc’s European gas and power trading portfolio. Comprising predominantly physical and financial gas and power trades, the deal further expands Shell’s activities in core energy markets across Europe.

First gulf of mexico offshore supply vessel powered by lng takes to the water

05 Mar 2015

Today, Shell marked delivery of a special Offshore Supply Vessel for its deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel, chartered from specialist company Harvey Gulf International Marine, is the first of its kind in the region to run on both Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and diesel. Two more LNG-fuelled vessels are expected to follow. LNG fuel is a new alternative for vessel operators in the Gulf of Mexico responding to new sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, as part of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA).

Silverstream Air Lubrication Technology delivers significant energy savings

04 Feb 2015

Lloyd’s Register verifies sea trials on 40000DWT product tanker; technology achieves 4.3% fuel savings with scope for further improvement. Both Silverstream and Shell believe that a fully optimised system has potential to deliver more than 5% efficiency savings on an ongoing basis

Teekay LNG signs charter contracts with Shell for five newbuild LNG carriers

04 Dec 2014

December 4, 2014 – Subsidiaries of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (Teekay LNG) (NYSE:TGP) and a wholly owned company of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) today announced that they have entered into time-charter contracts for five newbuild LNG carriers. The vessels will operate as part of Shell’s global LNG fleet under time-charters ranging in duration from six to eight years, plus extension options. Delivery of the vessels will start from the second half of 2017 into 2018.

Shell to build innovative bunker vessel to deliver LNG fuel

04 Dec 2014

Shell today confirmed its plans to build a specialised LNG bunker vessel to deliver to LNG-fuelled vessels in northwest Europe. The new vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new LNG break bulk terminal and jetty to be constructed by the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal. It will also be sea-going and, therefore, able to bunker customers at other locations.

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Shell today confirmed its plans to build a specialised LNG bunker vessel to deliver to LNG-fuelled vessels in northwest Europe.

Shell to charter first barges powered solely by LNG
5th September 2012 - Shell, announced it has signed a contract for the charter of two new build LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) powered tank barges. These 110 m long barges will operate on the Rhine and will be on charter to Shell from 2013.
Day of the Seafarer
June 25 was the International Maritime Organisation Day of the Seafarer. Shell Shipping is the largest LNG ship operator and the largest charterer of ships and barges. We employ 1,200 officers and a further 2,000 seafarers are deployed on our fleet. We offer our thanks to seafarers worldwide.
Our History
Shipping has been an integrale part of Royal Dutch Shell for over 100 years.