The shipping arm of Royal Dutch Shell is
celebrating 125 years in business by naming its latest LNG carrier in honor of
the company’s first ever oil tanker, the Murex.
Murex joined Shell’s managed fleet last
week and it is one of the five new LNG carriers that Shell will welcome by
mid-2018 from Teekay LNG Partners which owns the vessels.
The five vessels are powered by M-type,
electronically controlled, gas injection engines, aka MEGI engines. MEGI
engines are more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than other engine
types used in LNG shipping.
“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,” commented Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shell Shipping
“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,” Dr
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 seashell, a practice that remains for Shell vessels to
Shell currently directly manages around
40 LNG carriers and has over 50 on time charter, which collectively is around
20% of the global LNG fleet. On any given day, there are approximately 2,000
vessels associated with Shell operations on the water, including ships, barges,
drilling rigs, supply boats, FPSOs, FSRUs 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.