Qatari shipping and maritime company Nakilat has completed the second phase of its fleet management transition from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), adding a seventh liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier to Nakilat’s fleet, according to a press release.

The Q-Max LNG carrier Lijmiliya was the seventh and final vessel to transition from Shell to Nakilat in this second phase transition, bringing the fleet size fully managed by Nakilat to 26 vessels, comprising of 22 LNG and four liquified petroleum gas (LPG) carriers.

Nakilat’s CEO, Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, said: “This milestone achieved in a safe and timely manner, despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, is especially meaningful and demonstrates our strong commitment to safety, reliability, and efficiency through the provision of quality shipping and maritime services.”

Nakilat has been working in tandem with Shell since 2016 to transition Shell’s LNG vessels to Nakilat’s management. There are eight remaining vessels to transfer, which Shell will continue to manage until the final phase of transition.