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Monjasa, FAMOIL expand biofuels logistics

Monjasa, FAMOIL expand biofuels logistics
On February 22, 2024, global bunker services provider Monjasa, supplied 510 tonnes of B30 marine biofuel to the Cargill-operated dry bulk carrier, Infinity Sky, in the Port of Callao, Peru (photo courtesy Monjasa).

Denmark-headed Monjasa Holding A/S (Monjasa), a global bunker services provider specialised in niche markets, has disclosed that it recently completed the first International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified biofuels supply on the Pacific Coast of South America.

Operating a fleet of some 30 tankers and barges in niche markets, this first ISCC-certified biofuels supply on the Pacific Coast of South America marks the establishment of a scalable second-generation marine biofuels supply chain.

This new and sustainable setup is being developed by Monjasa, in collaboration with Fuel & Marine Oil Corp (FAMOIL), and is capable of 12,000-15,000 tonnes of monthly delivery.

Preparing for a changing marine fuels mix

This new Peruvian biofuels option is a natural extension of Monjasa’s existing biofuels operations in Cartagena, Colombia, and forms part of the company’s overall preparations for the changing marine fuels mix.

Although today’s marine biofuels markets are emerging slowly, Monjasa is currently in dialogue with several shipowners and operators to arrange spot- and contract-based supplies in Peru and the traditionally busy Port of Callao, an area that has also recently become a popular bunker call-only option for vessels rerouting south due to the ongoing Panama Canal transit restrictions.

We are excited to keep challenging the status quo and offer new solutions to shipowners who are increasingly looking for ways to decarbonize their vessels. Based on our daily conversations with customers, we expect to see more shipowners moving from biofuels trial runs to more regular supplies – and making these fuels more broadly available is the first step of that development. We are all on a steep learning curve and we would like to thank our partners on this first supply operation, FAMOIL, and Cargill, who have contributed significantly to reaching this milestone, said Jonas Bruslund, Trading Director Americas at Monjasa.

Customised biofuel blends

According to the company, this new low-carbon fuel option in Peru is another example of global marine fuel suppliers such as Monjasa engaging further into new partnerships across the supply chain.

As such, this new second-generation (2G) biofuels supply chain is a result of the combined efforts by FAMOIL and Monjasa to offer a full-fledged setup.

As shipowners’ biofuel preferences differ, this new collaboration accommodates Very Low-Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), High-Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO) based biofuel blends, and the availability of pure marine biodiesel B100.

ISCC-certified feedstock and operations

On this first supply operation, which took place on February 22, 2024, the B30 biofuel blend consisted of 30 percent Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) and 70 percent VLSFO.

As an ISCC-certified partner, Monjasa allows all involved parties to trace feedstock used for the production of biofuels from the point of origin to the end consumer.

In addition, Monjasa measures the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from each phase of the supply chain and makes this data available to shipowners.

Looking ahead, the company aims to establish a string of biofuel supply locations across the region to support the shipping industry in meeting IMO’s 2050 climate change commitments.

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