Monjasa has completed its first blending and supply of marine biofuels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The project was carried out in close collaboration with international energy company Uniper and biofuel producer Neutral Fuels, the Danish bunker company said today (4 May).
In early March the 9,600 DWT Monjasa-owned tanker, Monjasa Server, went alongside the Great Eastern Shipping Company tanker, Jag Prerana, off Dubai and supplied a total of 233 metric tonnes of B20 biofuel. Ahead of delivery, the product blending was performed on board the Monjasa Server.
B20 biofuel blend consists of 20% biodiesel made exclusively from cooking oil waste and 80% very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).
‘Monjasa’s role in this transition [to alternative fuels] is to become an enabler of the logistics of environmentally friendly fuels,’ said Group Responsibility Director, Jesper Nielsen. ‘In oil and shipping we are all connected and the journey towards offering alternative fuels at scale relies on forming new partnerships and exploring where Monjasa can add most value to the maritime infrastructure in the short, medium and long term.’
Commercial Director at Monjasa Middle East & Africa, Moustapha El Maghlouk, added: ‘By promoting new partnerships with Uniper and Neutral Fuels, Monjasa is present at the production site and throughout the supply chain to understand the full spectrum of logistics needed to make this project a success. With our combined synergies across fuel sourcing, production and logistics, we are confident of building a scalable biofuel option and we are already receiving interest for biofuel-blends from several shipping companies operating in the Middle East.’
As previously reported by Bunkerspot, Uniper and Neutral Fuels announced a Fujairah-based marine biofuels partnership in November 2020. Commenting on Monjasa’s recent milestone delivery, Emanuele Gallone, Business Development Manager at Uniper Energy DMCC, highlighted the difference between conventional bunkers and marine biofuels.
‘Handling biofuels differs significantly from traditional marine fuels and it has been important to Uniper to guarantee safe and seamless delivery at sea to the end user together with Monjasa.’