Danish bunker supplier Monjasa has announced that it delivered 450,000 tonnes of fuel using its 2010-built 8,800 DWT tanker, Accra in the Panama Canal in 2018.
According to Monjasa, this makes the company the second largest local bunker supplier delivering marine fuel in the Panama Canal in 2018.
Accra arrived in Panama after forming part of Monjasa’s West Africa bunker operation. The tanker received all safety and operational approvals from the Panama Maritime Authorities and completed her first fuel supply at Balboa Anchorage on January 18.
Each year, global shippers take around 4.5 million tonnes of bunkers in the increasingly busy Panama Canal.
“Today, the total fleet of bunker barges in Panama holds an average age of 31 years and 3,100 dwt. 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,” explained Monjasa Americas managing director, Rasmus Jacobsen.
“More than ever, a safe port in terms of supply quality is the main concern of our customers. 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,” Rasmus Jacobsen concluded.
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.