Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. 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.

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.

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Source: Hellenic Shipping News.