This is proving to be a difficult week for Shell. The company is facing a row with Greenpeace and has just announced a 56% fall in first quarter profits.
The company's earnings for the first quarter of 2015 fell by 56 percent compared with a year earlier, as improved performance in marketing and refining failed to overcome the fall in oil prices.
At the same time as the company announced its poor first quarter performance, Shell's lawyers gave evidence to a US judge in an attempt to get safety zones set up around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace activists from endangering company workers.
Greenpeace is irked by Shell's attempt to seek federal approval to use two drill vessels for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. It is believed that Shell has already spent $7 billion on the Alaska project.
Last month activists from Greenpeace boarded a heavy lift ship carrying equipment that Shell plans to use this summer in the Chukchi Sea, as it crossed the Pacific from Malaysia to a staging area in Washington state.