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Monjasa reports 12% increase in bunker sales volume in 2022

Total volume of marine fuels supplied to shipowners and operators worldwide increased to 6.4 million tonnes (mts) in 2022 from 5.7 million mts in 2021, according to firm’s annual report.





Global oil and shipping group Monjasa Holding on Tuesday (23 May) said the combination of historically strong shipping markets, high volatility and disrupted global trade flows during 2022 contributed to a dynamic marine fuels market affecting the firm positively.

“The marine fuels supply chain was put to the test in ports around the world, however, with the right organisation and maritime operations in place, Monjasa was able to support customers and suppliers during critical moments,” the firm said on its Annual Report 2022. 

“For Monjasa, this meant gaining market share at higher margins reflecting the increased volatility and imbalanced supply and demand.”

Total volume of marine fuels supplied to shipowners and operators worldwide increased by 12% to 6.4 million tonnes (mts) in 2022 from 5.7 million mts in 2021.

The total revenue increased to USD 5.5 billion from USD 3.2 billion in 2021 and a net profit of USD 171 million from USD 22 million the year before.

From supplying 3.5 million tonnes in 2017, Monjasa said it has increased total volume by 83% in five years and sustained a solid position among the world’s top 10 largest marine fuel suppliers.

Group CEO, Anders Østergaard, said: “We are very satisfied with the achieved results and to record a 12% volume increase during a year of highly imbalanced oil and shipping markets. For Monjasa, the past year has been all about supporting our customers by matching the fast shifting supply and demand in key shipping hubs around the world –with our end-to-end logistics and fleet of 30 vessels as a decisive enabler.

“Monjasa’s organisation builds on the ability to observe and navigate the world and markets around us.

Last year, we saw how this approach along with strong internal collaboration resulted in Monjasa being more in demand than ever before. In combination with our significantly improved financial foundation this puts Monjasa in a favourable position to keep exploring important industry agendas such as the green shipping transition together with our partners.”

Annual Report 2022 highlights

  • Total volume: 6.4 million mts (2021: 5.7m mts)
  • Total revenue: USD 5.5 billion (2021: USD 3.2 billion)
  • EBIT: USD 186 million (2021: USD 29 million)
  • Net profit: USD 171 million (2021: USD 22 million)
  • Consolidated equity: USD 323 million (2021: USD 155 million)
  • Solvency ratio: 46% (2021: 31%)
  • Fleet: 30 tankers and barges (2021: 23 tankers)
  • Total number of supply operations: 13,425 (2021: 12,266)
  • Total number of ports served: 817 (2021: 737 ports)

Related: Monjasa records 10% on year increase in bunker sales volume, reaches 4 million mt mark
Related: Monjasa reports 9% increase in bunker sales volume in 2020 despite pandemic


Photo credit: Monjasa
Published: 24 May, 2023

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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.





GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.


Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.





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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.


Photo credit: Venti Views on Unsplash
Published: 19 July 2024

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.





“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.


Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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