Monjasa in a shopping tanker spree for West Africa operations

Danish-based global bunker supplier and tanker specialist, Monjasa, has purchased two secondhand Liberia-flagged tankers to target the West Africa’s offshore industry.

The 17,200-dwt Monjasa Rover, 2004-built, formerly the Fure Nord, was delivered in Riga, Latvia.

The second ship purchased, the 7,858-dwt Monjasa Hunter, 2009-built, formerly the Annelise Theresa, was delivered in Istanbul, Türkiye.

The latter joins as a unique fleet addition targeting length-restricted offshore oil and gas vessels in West Africa, including FPSOs.

These fleet additions come at a time where West Africa sees a higher marine fuels demand compared to 2023 levels, due to the prolonged rerouting of cargo ships around Cape of Good Hope to avoid Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.

While Monjasa Rover replaces Monjasa Thunder, which was recently repositioned from West Africa to the Panama Canal, Monjasa Hunter brings, with its length being less than 110m, new and specialised capabilities to the fleet, as it can go alongside oil rigs and platforms to add flexibility for offshore oil and gas operators from the Gulf of Guinea down to Namibia.

Monjasa now controls more owned than chartered tonnage for the fist time since its establishment in 2002.

Its fleet now stands at 16 owned and 15 time-charter vessels.

Torben Maigaard Nielsen, group shipping director at Monjasa, said: “Unlike our other tankers in West Africa, which are too big in size for this purpose, Monjasa Hunter offers a distinct advantage for offshore operators in the region. Thanks to her length overall of 101m and her relatively large carrying capacity compared to her size, Monjasa Hunter can support niche length-restricted fuel operations, including FPSOs.”

Overall, Monjasa’s West Africa operations consist of around ten tankers while the Middle East and Africa region accounts for 28% of the company’s total volume of 6.5m tonnes of marine fuels supplied in 2023.