The Challenge

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 & Maritime 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.

The organisation’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 & Maritime enables the Shell 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 Conduct Authority.

Health, safety, security and environment are of paramount importance – not only to ensure we don’t injure anyone or do any damage while oil and gas is kept moving, but also to retain Shell’s licence to operate and underpin our reputation as a responsible company committed to sustainable development of the world’s resources. Working with industry bodies, our business partners, governments and neighbouring communities, we are engaged in a constant improvement effort.

Carbon management is essential to counter the climate change implications of the world’s increasing energy use. While shipping in general contributes only a small proportion of the global emissions total, there is still a contribution this sector can make to improving the global outlook. We support developments to achieve more accurate measurement of shipping emissions, and look for ways to reduce our own operational impact through energy efficiency, equipment specification, and more.

Find out more about how we're responding to climate change.

Security can be difficult to maintain in today’s geopolitical and commercial climate. Shell Shipping and Maritime collaborates with private and public bodies across the spectrum in order to develop and deploy robust systems for security management.

Comprehensive hazard analysis and a holistic view lie at the heart of our approach to anticipating and managing any challenging situation – whether it is preparing the ground for a new project, overseeing day-to-day operations, or dealing with an oil spill or an act of piracy.

Our approach to security.

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

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