Energy major Shell is pursuing a new design of LNG carrier which can be upgraded as new fuelling alternatives emerge towards a net-zero vessel while also offering more cargo carrying capacity.

Speaking at London International Shipping Week on Wednesday, Shell senior vice president and global head of shipping and maritime Karrie Trauth said the company is working with engine designer Wartsila, China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) and class society ABS on the design of a modular ship that can be upgraded over time in a planned way towards a net-zero emission vessel.