State-of-the-art LNG Carrier celebrates 125 years of Shell Shipping
Nov 9, 2017
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (Shell) has marked 125 years of shipping heritage by naming its latest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier in honour of its first ever oil tanker, the Murex.
London: The new Murex joined Shell’s technically managed fleet last week. She is one of five new LNG carriers that Shell will welcome from their owners, subsidiaries of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. by mid-2018. These vessels are powered by M-type, electronically controlled, gas injection (MEGI) engines which are more fuel efficient than other engine types used in LNG shipping, producing fewer emissions.
Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shell Shipping & Maritime said: “Welcoming the Murex and her four state-of-the-art sister vessels to our managed fleet is the perfect way to celebrate 125 years of delivering energy around the world. We are extremely proud of our long maritime history and continue to drive innovation in the industry.
“Shell operates one of the largest LNG fleets in the world and delivers flexible LNG supply to customers globally. This new tonnage further positions Shell as a worldwide leader in LNG”.
The original coal-powered Murex was launched in 1892 and was the first oil tanker to pass through the Suez Canal. She was named after a sea shell, a practice that remains for Shell vessels to this day.
Murex 125 years Shell Shipping
Notes to Editors:
- Today Shell directly manages around 40 LNG carriers and has over 50 on time charter, which collectively is around 20% of the global LNG fleet. There are 2,000 vessels associated with Shell on the water on any given day, including ships, barges, drilling rigs, supply boats, FPSOs, FSRUs, SBMs and the related operations that take place in ports and terminals.
- The Murex and her four sister vessels joining Shell’s LNG fleet are technically managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd. and are on time-charter to Shell Tankers (Singapore) Private Ltd.
- Electronically controlled engines are significantly more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than other engine types used in LNG shipping. As an example, at 19.5 knots, the new builds will save up to 50-tonnes per day in fuel as compared to conventional steam vessels.
- Shell believes that LNG is a flexible technology that brings gas to market in a rapid way. In doing so, it creates a business environment that fosters innovation and investment in new technologies.
- Shell is a pioneer and a leader in the LNG industry with 50 years’ experience; we managed the first commercial voyage on LNG on the Methane Princess, we helped design and build the first commercial onshore export LNG plant in 1964, – and we have been designing and building such plants ever since.
- The latest LNG carrier is the fifth vessel named the Murex to join Shell’s fleet.
- More information on the beginnings of Shell can be found here
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