Oil and shipping group, Monjasa, acquires two oil and chemical tankers, Monjasa Thunder and Monjasa Shipper for bunkering and cargo operations across West Africa and in the Arabian Gulf. Both tankers will assume operations during this month.

The company has taken delivery of the 19,991 dwt Monjasa Thunder in Riga, Latvia and of the 7,991 dwt Monjasa Shipper in Singapore, and the two tankers are currently inbound Lomé, Togo and Dubai, UAE.

Monjasa Shipper was built in 2018 and she is able to carry and segregate several different fuel grades, which “fits well with Monjasa’s emerging biofuel activities in the UAE,” as the company says characteristically.

With a carrying capacity of around 20,000 dwt, Monjasa Thunder, is somewhat bigger than Monjasa’s existing West Africa tankers, which usually range between 8,000-13,000 dwt. “This size positions her in the flexi tanker segment and thereby built to a high specification for moving cargoes,” says Monjasa.

Following delivery, both tankers were dry docked for renewal survey, name change and subsequent hull blasting and painting according to the Monjasa fleet design.

Torben Maigaard Nielsen, the Group Shipping Director said: “We are pleased to seal these two acquisitions in a challenging tanker market. Both of these vessels are very well-maintained and highly functional additions to our existing fleet of tankers. In fact, as part of Monjasa Thunder’s current voyage to West Africa, we successfully completed the first cargo operation in Rotterdam. Here, we experienced the ship’s high-efficiency potential and in today’s tanker market it is not an easy task to find quality second-hand tonnage.”

Monjasa’s Annual Report 2022 showed a 12% volume increase to a total of 6.4m tonnes of marine fuels supplied, and the new vessels are expected to further contribute to Monjasa’s maritime logistics and fleet which today consists of 30 tankers and barges deployed worldwide.

Overall, the Middle East & Africa account for 27% of Monjasa’s total volume of 6.4m tonnes of bunkers.