Shipping group Monjasa has successfully completed its first blending and supply of marine biofuels in the UAE.
The project was carried out in close collaboration with international energy company, Uniper and biofuel producer Neutral Fuels.
The Monjasa-owned tanker, Monjasa Server (9,600-dwt), went alongside the Great Eastern Shipping Company tanker, Jag Prerana, off Dubai, and successfully supplied a total of 233 metric tonnes of B20 biofuel on 9 March. B20 biofuel blend consists of 20% biodiesel made exclusively from cooking oil waste and 80% VLSFO and meets ISO 8217 marine fuel standards.
Group responsibility director Jesper Nielsen said: “Monjasa’s role in this transition is to become an enabler of the logistics of environmentally friendly fuels. 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, said: “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.”
Emanuele Gallone, business development manager at Uniper Energy DMCC said: “We are thankful to Monjasa for successfully enabling the logistics and ensuring progress on our joint mission to support the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. 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.”
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