Energy major Shell has been selected by Australian mining giant BHP to supply LNG as bunkers for five dual-fuelled 209,000-dwt bulk carriers that will transport iron ore from Australia to China, according to sources close to the deal.

Industry players said Shell had been competing with French major Total, Chinese privately-owned gas distributor ENN Energy and Singapore’s Pavilion Energy for the contract.

They added that Shell will bunker the vessels in Singapore.