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Monjasa completes first ship-to-ship supply of new 0.5% sulphur marine fuel

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Years of preparation for the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations were condensed into Monjasa’s first ship-to-ship supply of the new bunker fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur performed in Southampton.

The re-fuelling operation and included supply of both very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO).

According to Monjasa demand is already building up and the first supplies are now taking place.

As part of Monjasa’s bunker operations from Portland Port in the English Channel, the Monjasa operated tanker, Vinga Safir, went alongside the ro-ro, Hurst Point, in Southampton on 29 August and supplied VLSFO and MGO 0.1%.

“Cleaning up our first tanker and supplying the new 0.5% product is a milestone for Monjasa. During this first supply, we learned more about the handling and specifications of VLSFO, to conclude that on-board operational expertise and detailed product knowledge is needed to enable a successful transition for the industry. We have been preparing thoroughly for this moment and we are ready to support this transition and keep global trade moving come 2020,” said Monjasa coo Svend Stenberg Molholt.

Next step for Monjasa is to build on this experience and roll out VLSFO supplies on a global scale.

Monjasa recently announced the acquisition of five tankers ahead of IMO 20202 and the company will take full ownership of sourcing, shipping and supply of VLSFO in the following areas: VLSFO will be made available across the region from the Gulf of Guinea to Namibia via the Monjasa operated SKS Darent, 120,000 dwt, which serves as floating storage off Lome, Togo.

Several of Monjasa’s 10 regionally deployed tankers are expected to supply low-sulphur products come 2020.

In Northern Europe, storage of VLSFO at Monjasa’s oil terminals in Portland Port, UK and Skaw, Denmark. A total of three Monjasa tankers are deployed in Northwest Europe.

In the Panama Canal, confirmed local storage of VLSFO and supply operations with three Monjasa vessels, incl. the newly acquired tanker, Accra, in Balboa. One tanker is deployed in Cristobal.

And in the Arabian Gulf, sourcing VLSFO in Fujairah, three Monjasa operated tankers will be making VLSFO available across port areas in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and in the Gulf of Oman.