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Nakilat and Shell agree on LNG carrier management transition

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Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd (NSQL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nakilat, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL.

This will be the world's largest transition of an LNG fleet operation.

Shell has provided a range of shipping services to Nakilat’s LNG fleet since it was established in 2006, including the ship management of 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex LNG carriers, as well as the sharing of Shell’s shipping and maritime expertise. Starting this year, the vessels will be transitioned in three phases and will be managed by NSQL, which currently manages four large LPG carriers and four Q-Flex LNG carriers.

To date, the 25 vessels have delivered over 320 million m3 of Qatar’s LNG to over 20 countries. The vessels have travelled 17 million nautical miles - the equivalent of over 780 trips around the equator’s circumference.

Nakilat Managing Director, Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, said: “Today marks a milestone in Nakilat’s history as we embark on consolidating a fully-fledged ship operation for our wholly-owned vessels. It is a pivotal strategic milestone towards Nakilat’s ambition of establishing an integrated maritime industry in Qatar. We are grateful to Shell for their professional management of our vessels over the last eight years and are confident of NSQL upholding the same excellent standards for our vessels, ensuring the safety and integrity of cargo from Qatar to the rest of the world.”

Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping and Maritime, added: “We are proud to be a partner with Nakilat and to continue to support Qatar’s vision of building a world-class shipping business. This world-leading fleet includes some of the largest and most technically advanced vessels of their type and their cargo helps ensure energy security for millions of people around the world.”

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