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In celebration of Pride month, Vortexa invited special guest Tony McCaffery, Founder and Managing Director of Diversity Co; the home of equity, diversity and inclusion consultancies to share his own experiences as a queer and mixed-race person of colour living with disabilities. We asked Tony to further educate us on the subject of intersectionality and most importantly, to articulate how best we can actively support LGBTQIA+ communities.
Vortexa Freight Analytics is set to become the critical decision tool for shipping market players to identify, capture and optimise trading opportunities at unheard levels of speed, accuracy and foresight.
Vortexa has launched a suite of brand new Freight Analytics features so charterers, ship owners, analysts and traders can make high-stakes strategic freight decisions with confidence and seize lucrative opportunities before others.
Despite encouraging LNG pricing fundamentals, freight rates could plateau on the back of thinning US exports, reduction in tonne-miles and an influx of LNG carrier tonnage.
A flood of diluted bitumen cargoes has rapidly filled up storage tanks in Shandong, as traders and refiners scrambled to offload the cargoes before the consumption tax on diluted bitumen imports kicked in on 12 June. With this new tax in place, independent refiners are expected to cut back on diluted bitumen and raise Malaysian crude blends and fuel oil imports to meet their feedstocks requirements.
We sat down with Arthur Richier, a Senior Freight Analyst to find out what day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what he really thinks of our company culture...
The OPEC+ announcement to stick to an increase in supply of crude has to date failed to kickstart a morose market. Using Argus Media pricing and Vortexa flows and freight data, we explore whether the expected second half of the year rally is due to materialise.
This article is for engineers who use Apache Parquet for data exchange and don’t want nasty surprises.
As European gasoline and blending component imports dominate seaborne flows into PADD 1, we take a look at if this could be the beginning of a long term structural change. We also explore other points of gasoline resupply into PADD 1.
On the 27th May, Product Specialist Amy Lees and Machine Learning Engineer Christos Hadjinikolis analysed the quality of crude imported into the ARA region, a key refining hub in Northwest Europe, using Vortexa’s Software Development Kit (SDK). This blog investigates further into their methodology.
May saw arrivals of crude and products in West of Suez surging, while East of Suez markets disappointed across the barrel. There is room for improvement, but low crude activity merits caution.
North American LPG shipments to Asia may come at a higher price this summer due to multiple forces pressuring the economics of the trade.
We sat down with Sebastian Prowse, a Senior Shipping Specialist to find out what day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what he really thinks of our company culture...
Cheaper Suezmax freight rates led to increased employment for US - Europe flows. Will this trend continue amidst a positive environment for European crude imports?
China’s new consumption tax on imports of mixed aromatics and light cycle oil (LCO) is about to turn the tides of its domestic supply and exports of gasoline and diesel/gasoil. Downside risks on MR tanker demand looms ahead.
We sat down with Conor Stone, a Product Specialist based in the Americas, to find out what day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what he really thinks of our company culture...
In this webinar, Vortexa’s industry experts Amy Lees, Product Specialist and Christos Hadjinikolis, Senior Software Engineer, explored how to effectively use the SDK to interrogate extensive cargo movements data and analysed clear trends in the quality of the crude slate going into ARA.
Elevated naphtha exports from Europe supported long-haul voyages in favour of LR2 tankers. Yet, will this trend contribute to uplift LR2 freight rates?
Declining volumes towards the Far East limits tanker demand, but long-haul voyages to India keep VLCC and Suezmax tanker utilisation in balance.
US Gulf Coast imports of fuel oil and VGO are climbing as the region’s refiners respond to rising US gasoline demand.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a DevOps Engineer looks like at Vortexa? We sat down with Gabriel Uliano to discover what energises him most about his role, whom he collaborates with, and what day-to-day duties really involve...
Atlantic Basin crude/condensate departures (including intra-country movements) totaled 21.2 mn b/d in April, the highest, albeit marginally, since May 2020.
As the US Colonial pipeline system restarts after its historic outage and panic buying subsides in the East Coast and Southeastern markets, we look towards waterbourne gasoline cargos to solve the regional stock imbalances.
Vortexa data shows at least 12mn bbl of crude has been delayed in discharging into key ports along India’s west coast, following the arrival of Cyclone Tauktae.
We sat down with William Holeman, a Lead Market Analyst in the Americas, to find out what day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what he really thinks of our company culture...
Jacques Gabillon revealed as Vortexa's new Chairman, succeeding VAKT CEO Etienne Amic, and Energy Innovation Capital becomes a new investor as global growth surges.
An ailing crude market has driven charterers to employ newbuild crude tankers for East-to-West of Suez CPP cargo transits, adversely impacting LR2 demand.
Vortexa outlines how supply and demand dynamics appear to be improving for LNG markets in a supportive price environment
Former ExxonMobil Trader, Michael Ita and Former Energy Intelligence Head of Business Development, Fedor Moisseyev join Vortexa’s EMEA commercial function as global growth continues to surge.
Should the Colonial Pipeline network remain down for more than a few days, East Coast and Southeastern markets will start to see supply hiccups and related price spikes.
Raising awareness of mental health has never been more critical. Vortexa has been looking back at how the pandemic shaped our attitudes towards discussing mental wellbeing and what new practices we have implemented as a result. We also sat down with Work and Happiness Coach Natasha Chatur, to gain expert insight on how we can all foster resilient coping mechanisms when undergoing stress or anxiety.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a People Operations Specialist looks like at Vortexa? We sat down with Dominika Wojcik to discover what energises her most about her role, whom she collaborates with, and what day-to-day duties really involve...
On the 6th May, our Analyst team came together to discuss the Clean Petroleum Products (CPP) and Dirty Petroleum Products (DPP) market in light of recent global events.
China's crude imports have slowed in April. A rebound in Q3 is faced with headwinds as refiners look to draw down their stockpiles amid elevated crude prices.
Saudi Arabia's imports of dirty petroleum products are strengthening as the country gears up for peak summer demand.
Internationally experienced oil and gas sales expert Atin Kapur to head up Vortexa’s Singapore office as Managing Director as APAC growth continues to surge after the recent $19M Series B funding round.
Vortexa outlines how naphtha has had a strong demand recovery but increasing demand for road fuels gasoline and diesel could incentivise refiners to adjust their yields to make less naphtha.
We sat down with Phuc Nguyen, a Lead Site Reliability Engineer, to find out what day-to-day life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa, and what success really looks like in his role...
Claims from top trading houses and research analysts that oil demand is set for a roaring comeback as soon as this summer has divided market experts. Vortexa weighs in.
On 27th April 2021, industry leaders and expert analysts from Vortexa, ZE PowerGroup, Argus Media and Windward discussed the rise of analytics and their impact on freight and energy markets.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Marketing & Events Manager? We sat down with Lauren Thorpe to understand what makes everyone tick at Vortexa, what kind of qualities someone needs to have to excel here and how our culture impacts day-to-day life...
As lockdowns are eased and vaccinations are rolled out globally, it's time to analyse the global gasoline market. Will gasoline trade get a summer boost, affecting arbitrage and trade flows, and what will impacted freight markets look like in the coming months?
Vortexa outlines how Latin American countries are increasing imports of crude and refined products whilst simultaneously exporting refined products into storage hubs, suggesting an oversupplied region.
We sat down with Jay Maroo, our Senior Market Analyst, to find out what day-today life looks like, what significant milestones he has had at Vortexa to date and what success looks like in his role...
Vortexa's infographic analyses gasoline/blending components volumes loading and in transit as they start to slow. As US refineries increase runs to meet domestic demand, European imports could be forced to find alternative destinations.
Vortexa outlines how global crude imports show a slow recovery for refiners.
Vortexa outlines how the the peak in European gasoline loadings destined for the Atlantic Basin will slow and why.
In our last tech blog post, we detailed how making a very small change to some complex production Python code, introducing Rust to handle a code hot-spot, led to dramatically better performance. Now is the time for more details.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Senior Data Scientist? We sat down with Achilleas Sfakianakis to understand what makes everyone tick at Vortexa, what kind of qualities someone needs to have to excel here and how our culture impacts day-to-day life...
Explore Q1 2021 freight market update based on Vortexa data.
Vortexa outlines how the decline in US fuel oil and dirty feedstocks exports has impacted buyers in Latin America, Caribbean and Asia.
We sat down with our Syed Ahmad, our Lead Product Specialist based in the London office, to find out what day-today life looks like, what advice he has for people hoping to join Vortexa and what inspired him to join us in the first place...
Key refining hubs around the globe are currently all doing the same thing: exporting way more diesel. The wave of diesel at sea is so huge that it is set to affect most industry players in some way. We detail the flows and investigates the underlying rationales.
On Thursday September 25, 2020, Vortexa detected a diversion of reformate away from New York. Tanker Challenge Prospect 2, chartered by Repsol and lifting out of Tarragona, changed destinations and instead of crossing westbound across the Atlantic, delivered its cargo to Amsterdam.
There are times when adopting a standard approach just isn’t good enough. This post is about making minimal changes for maximum effect where it matters.
Vortexa's infographic analyses oil & gas trading concerns associated with the vessel jam in Suez Canal. The most interesting flow concerns biodiesel feedstocks to Europe, where about a full quarter of monthly import needs may currently be stuck.
Latin American diesel imports via ship-to-ship transfers (STS) off west Africa are on track to hit a multiyear high of around 230,000 mt in March, up from less than 90,000 mt in February.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Senior Market Analyst? We sat down with Pamela Munger to dig deeper into what energises her most about working at Vortexa, how she would describe her role and who she collaborates with most in the company…
A breakdown of the impact on oil, freight and flows in the aftermath of the Suez Canal blockage.
In a video, Vortexa's Managing Director Clay Seigle reviews continuing events at the Suez Canal and discusses potential oil market repercussions.
Vortexa has so far identified ten tanker ships carrying about 13 million barrels of Mideast crude that could be affected by Tuesday's blockage of the Suez Canal. More oil flows could be at risk unless the interruption is quickly resolved.
We sat down with our Head of Sales in APAC, Derrick Tee to find out what inspired him to join Vortexa, what some of his biggest milestones have been to date and what success really looks like for a sales head...
As naphtha continues to find outlets towards the East, LR2 utilisation is on the rise in March, helping resurrect rates from multi-year lows. But widening LPG discounts to naphtha are expected to put a lid on Asia's naphtha imports in the coming months.
Our 'On the road to recovery: Asia's crude and products trade flows in 2021' webinar was hosted by Vortexa Lead Market Analyst, Serena Huang and Product Specialist, Teo Rui Jie on 16 March, who together discussed the outlook for Asia's trade flows and freight markets.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Commercial Analyst? We sat down with Alice Kavanagh to dig deeper into what energises her most about working at Vortexa, how she would describe her role and who she collaborates with most in the company…
The recent drop in US refinery throughput following the North American winter storm has strengthened transatlantic gasoline flows, while exerting pressure on Medium Range (MR) tankers operating in the Americas. But looking forward, the tables could be turned.
The global event of International Women’s Day (IWD) on the 8th March offers us the annual opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD also provides us with the space to reflect on how far we’ve come and also what’s ahead. There is no doubt we have come a long way, but there’s still an incredibly long way to go.
We sat down with Romain Guion, Head of Signal Processing & Enrichment to discover what some of his biggest milestones have been to date, what day-to-day life really looks like and what makes a head of department truly successful...
With the launch of Vortexa Academy, we demonstrate one of the Python for the Energy Industry course notebooks to show the powerful ability of the Vortexa SDK and how it can assist in daily analytics and trading decisions.
A year after the introduction of IMO 2020 and the onset of Covid-19, fuel oil is now back in the spotlight amid strengthening fundamentals. We examine the key factors impacting supply and demand this year and what lies in store for trade flows.
Which Texas clean product export terminals were impacted the most during the freeze? Our infographic details the terminals with the largest weekly export volatility and who is recovering the quickest.
During the March 3rd webinar, Vortexa experts Clay Seigel, Conor Stone, and Will Holeman discussed the impact of the Saudi cut on the oil market and the tanker freight market, with consequences for players ranging from US shale operators and refiners to midstream asset owners and financial oil investors.
The VLCC market share of Johan Sverdrup volumes continues to increase at the expense of Aframax and Suezmax tanker segments, highlighting the demand for longer-haul routes.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Product Specialist? We sat down with Amy Lees to dig deeper into what energises her most about working at Vortexa, how she would describe her role and who she collaborates with most in the company…
Vortexa CEO Fabio Kuhn joined Bloomberg's IP Week panel discussion to discuss what demand recovery might look like across the commodities ecosystem in 2021, alongside leaders from Vitol, VARO Energy, and JP Morgan.
In this blog we analyse 4 anomalies in shipping routes that can signal of trading opportunities: tanker speed, areas of congestion, competitor movements as well as vessel routes and destination.
To kick off IP Week 2021, Reuters Events and Vortexa were proud to partner on the event 'Driving Freight Forward: A digital analytics roadmap to growing the freight markets of the future' on 22 February 2021.
Australia's Altona refinery closure is expected to raise the country's refined product imports, with supplies from Exxonmobil's Singapore refineries. MR tanker freight rates to receive support from additional demand for the route.
We sat down with our Head of Finance, Planning & Analysis, Anish Patel to find out what inspired him to join Vortexa, what advice he has for people hoping to join and what he really thinks of our company culture...
European diesel/gasoil exports to PADD 1 in February are set to approach record highs seen in November amid tepid European demand and a cold snap in the US northeast.
Ever wondered what a day in the life looks like at Vortexa for a Full Stack Engineer? We sat down with Pawel Pietruszka to discover what winning qualities you need to succeed, what energises him most about his position and who he collaborates with most in the company...
$19 million Series B cash injection is accelerating Vortexa's product development and fuelling an international hiring surge across the board in Singapore, London and USA offices.
We put the spotlight on the key US crude and product net flows to watch.
Vortexa joins over 600 organisations who have signed the Neptune Declaration; a global call to action to urgently end the ongoing humanitarian crisis where over 400,000 seafarers are stranded at sea.
We sat down with a Head of Services, Jakub Korzeniowski to find out what inspired Jakub to join Vortexa, what advice he has for people hoping to join and what he really thinks of our company culture...
From the 26-28 January, Vortexa partnered with Argus to present at the Argus Crude Live online conference, alongside industry leaders.
The cold snap in North Asia ensured steady LPG export demand throughout January even as US propane prices reached their highest levels in over two years.
Which regions will see the largest growth in new renewable diesel capacity additions in 2021? Our infographic details the top importing and exporting regions for biodiesel and feedstocks.
monashees led the financing round with the participation of all existing investors to accelerate Vortexa’s exceptional growth in the multi-$T energy and shipping industries.
Ever wondered what it is like to intern as a PHD student at Vortexa? We sat down with Lucas Borgna to discover how his experience working as a Data Scientist unfolded, what he thought of our company culture and if he would ever want to return full time…
The oil tanker industry in 2021 will continue to face many of the challenges that made the previous year so volatile. We examine the key crude freight and storage market fundamentals to watch this year.
ARA region's fuel oil exports have surged amid an influx of Baltic supplies, but limited arbitrage opportunities are proving to be a headwind for the market.
What are some of the key crude arbs to watch in 2021? We highlight three crucial flows that will influence global oil markets this year.
On the 7th December, Vortexa are proud to be have been involved in the Tech in Commodities 2020, ran in conjunction with SWITCH 2020, delivering a panel with key industry leaders from Braemar ACM Shipbroking, Norden, and Windward
Vortexa are proud to announce membership of SPNL for 2021 as the Freight Analytics Partner.
We sat down with a Sales Director looking after the US East coast region Will McIver, to discover what inspired him to join Vortexa, what some of his biggest milestones have been to date and what day-to-day life really looks like overseeing sales in such a critical region...
China's LNG imports have soared to record levels as a cold snap sweeps through the country. But a slow down in purchases have been seen in recent weeks, as importers turn away from sky-high premiums.