AMO strikes deal with Shell on U.S. crewing of LNG tankers

The following is the text of a press release issued April 30 by Shell Ship Management Ltd.:
(HOUSTON) — Shell Ship Management Limited (Shell) and the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the addition of U.S. seafarers to Shell’s officer cadre.  A signing ceremony at the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) marked this significant development in Shell’s ongoing recruitment drive.

Recently Shell announced it would begin a U.S.-focused recruitment drive to help meet the company’s need for highly qualified liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship’s officers to fill positions on its fleet of international LNG carriers.

“We have worked to create an attractive and competitive package for qualified U.S. officers interested in international LNG assignments,” said Bob Salmon, general manager of shipping for Shell Trading (US) Company.  “We are pleased that MARAD has focused on LNG training, as the highly trained U.S. officers will enhance our existing skill pool, and that AMO has been proactive in working with Shell to develop international U.S. marine officers.  It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

The MOU between Shell and AMO begins immediately.  According to Salmon, U.S. mariners will benefit from Shell’s long experience in LNG shipping.  Shell is proud of its leadership at sea and provides specific training well above the minimum International Maritime Organisation Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1995.

Shell companies have equity, management or chartering positions in around a quarter of the world’s LNG carriers, either directly or through joint ventures and currently manage 31 LNG carriers.  Shell also employs more than 700 fleet marine officers with LNG experience and a further 200 officers are also enrolled in Shell’s LNG onboarding program.

The number of LNG carriers Shell manages will grow rapidly over the next two years as it has also been selected by Nakilat Shipping (Qatar) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd., to provide a full range of shipping and marine services including the management and manning of a further 25 LNG carriers.  

“We’ve been working closely with the U.S. Maritime Administration and AMO to encourage the use of American officers in the specialized LNG shipping trade,” said Salmon.  “Shell is committed to securing the most qualified officers for its maritime fleet operations as a diverse skill pool drawn from the United States and other countries around the world is essential for us to manage this growth successfully.  In return, we offer competitive terms and conditions and potential career development.”  

Notes to Editors

About Shell Trading

The Shell Trading business encompasses the full range of trading and shipping activities throughout the Shell Group.  It comprises a network of separate companies which trade in their own right but which also belong to a global organisation, enabling them to share knowledge and advice on best practice, implement common systems and controls, and manage risks associated with international trading in a competitive environment.

In addition to its trading activities, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co Ltd. (STASCO) is responsible for the operation of the STASCO managed fleet of oil and gas carriers and the chartering of additional tonnage for the international trading of Shell’s cargoes.  Shell Ship Management Limited (SSML) arranges the recruitment, training and appointments of seafarers to ensure that the fleet is manned by staff that can operate the vessels safely and efficiently.
With headquarters in Houston, Texas, and employees located in key locations across North America, Shell Trading (US) Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of hydrocarbon products and services, including shipping and other forms of transportation.  Shell Trading (US) Company markets and trades crude, oil products, chemicals and risk products with counterparties and customers across North America.  In addition to other Shell business units, its customers include other trading companies, producers and commercial and industrial end users.

Companies within the Shell Trading network are each separate entities which trade in their own right but which also belong to a global organization, enabling them to share knowledge and advice on best practice, implement common systems and controls, and manage risks associated with international trading in a competitive environment.

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By Professional Mariner Staff