Our work on the SDGs

LNG for Maritime Transport

Reducing the global carbon footprint through tomorrow’s fuel today.

The great challenge, for society and Shell, is to meet growing global demand for energy and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time. In order to help meet this challenge we liquefy natural gas, by cooling it to -162ºC , which reduces its volume by 600 times, making is useable as a transport fuel for ships and trucks.

As a transport fuel, LNG is a low CO₂ alternative to diesel and fuel oil. LNG, virtually free of sulphur and particulates, provides maritime and transport businesses with economic and environmental benefits compared to diesel and fuel oil. Indeed, LNG provides an attractive alternative fuel for all businesses that want to make their supply chain sustainable.

Already used as a fuel for vessels on inland waterways, such as ferries in Norway, LNG has potential to be used by cruisers, ferries, barges and tug boats among others.

At Shell, we use LNG already in our own operations providing us with economic and environmental benefits. As one of the world’s largest LNG shipping operators, we manage and operate more than 40 carriers in an industry-wide fleet comprising around 400 carriers. In the Gulf of Mexico, Shell has chartered three special LNG-powered offshore supply vessels for its deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, US. We also will charter 15 LNG-powered barges for our own operations and use on inland barges for our own operations and use on inland waterways in North-West Europe (Q1 2017).

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Lead Organisation

Lead country
The Netherlands

Lead business line
Global Downstream LNG


Total budget
Not disclosed

Strategic Partners

Impact on primary SDG

Impact on other SDGs

Targeted Region of execution
North-America & Europe

Start date
January 2000
End date
January 2035

Targeted Beneficiaries
Point of contact
Susan Kimkes
Senior External Relations Advisor