International bunkering firm Monjasa on Monday expanded bunkering operations at the Panama Canal with the 2010-built and 8,800 dwt bunker tanker Accra.
As part of a fleet reshuffle, Accra arrived in Panama after forming part of Monjasa’s West Africa bunker operation.
The tanker has received all safety and operational approvals from the Panama Maritime Authorities and completed her first fuel supply at Balboa Anchorage on 18 January.
“Today, the total fleet of bunker barges in Panama holds an average age of 31 years and 3,100 dwt,” explains Monjasa Americas Managing Director, Rasmus Jacobsen.
“So, employing our own quality tanker brings new opportunities for shippers transiting the Canal and further helps us challenge status-quo in the local market.”
Monjasa manages two additional barges in the Panama Canal – one in Balboa and one in Cristóbal – and currently delivers around 40,000 tonnes of bunkers monthly.
It notes of delivering 450,000 metric tonnes (mt) of marine fuel in the Panama Canal in 2018, taking up position as the second largest bunker supplier at the Panama Canal.
Every year, global shippers receive around 4.5 million mt of bunkers in the Panama Canal.
“More than ever, a safe port in terms of supply quality is the main concern of our customers,” concludes Jacobsen.
“We already have the right sourcing partners in place to enable this transition towards more environmentally sound products. And now, Accra will make a difference on the supply side.”
A summary of Monjasa’s other developments in 2018 can be found below:
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Photo credit: Monjasa
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