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Q & A with Maksym Schipka: Chief Technology Officer

Oct 16, 2020

We wanted to drill down into what our CTO, Maksym Schipka really thinks of our culture, what he looks for in new hires and where he predicts the company will be in five years’ time...

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Oct 16, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Technology
VorTECHsa

Sometimes writing your own algorithm out-performs a library by 3 orders of magnitude

Oct 15, 2020
Oil & Gas
Alaska
Jet Fuel
PADD 5
South Korea
US

We examine how Alaska’s jet fuel market has run against the wider global trend of persistently weak demand.

Oct 14, 2020
Event News
Data Science
Event News
Oil & Gas
On demand
Technology

Vortexa’s CEO Fabio Kuhn delivered a presentation on Scaling Human Energy Market Expertise with AI, as part of ZE Powergroup’s Global Tech Summit. In the presentation, he discussed the digitisation of the industry and how this affects making faster and smarter trading decisions.

Oct 13, 2020
Company News
Company News

The partnership will enable tanker charterers, shipping companies and other global maritime stakeholders to evaluate and select vessels more quickly and accurately after assessing maritime risk.

Oct 12, 2020
Event News
Europe
Event News
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Past webinar
Singapore
VLSFO

Our expert speakers Cosmo Kedros and Serena Huang discussed how low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) markets have been dramatically reshaped in 2020 in our webinar hosted on 30 September.

Oct 9, 2020
People & Culture
Insight
People & Culture
diversity

In celebration of Black History Month, Vortexa met with Oliver Hypolite-Bishop; a political and social commentator and writer with a particular focus on the challenges of race, racism, class and inequality within Britain, to learn more about the history and successes of the black community.

Oct 9, 2020
Event News
Event News
Freight
IMO2020

Vortexa Lead Freight Analyst, Arthur Richier, discussed the future of green shipping in his presentation, discussing topics such as IMO goals, and the challenges and available solutions for global tanker fleets and alternative fuels.

Oct 7, 2020
Freight
Crude
Floating Storage
Freight
Tankers

Crude tanker freight markets remain a prisoner of challenging circumstances, even as the seasonally strongest quarter of the year is upon them.

Oct 7, 2020
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Europe
Floating Storage
Gasoil
LR2
PADD 1
Russia

As the US northeast (PADD 1) heads into the winter season, one factor on the minds of diesel market participants is will the change of seasons drive a change in flows?

Oct 6, 2020
Oil & Gas
Asia
Freight
Fuel Oil
Insight
Oil & Gas
Singapore

Asia's low sulphur fuel oil market is expected to tighten in Q4 2020. Global refinery runs and OPEC+ production levels are key signposts to watch for.

Oct 1, 2020
Company News
Company News

ZE PowerGroup Inc. (ZE) is entering into a partnership with Vortexa Ltd. to make physical energy cargos and flows data available to its clients in the energy, finance, shipping, and infrastructure industries.

Sep 28, 2020
People & Culture
Data Science
People & Culture
VorTECHsa

Using Data Science to create unprecedented visibility into energy markets and make the world slightly better.

Sep 28, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 3

Diesel/gasoil exports from the US Gulf coast (PADD 3) in September are set to register the largest month-on-month decline seen since April.

Sep 25, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Gasoline
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 1

The diversion of a gasoline blending component cargo away from the New York hub could foreshadow a weaker transatlantic pull for European gasoline/blending cargoes in coming weeks.r. 

Sep 24, 2020
Oil & Gas
Brazil
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 3
mexico

US Gulf coast gasoline exports have been seeking alternative markets in the region in recent weeks, beyond top markets Mexico and Brazil.

Sep 24, 2020
Freight
CPP / Clean
Freight
Gasoline
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 1
West Africa

An uptick in gasoline loadings from Europe to West Africa since the beginning of September, compared to a calm summer has led to a strengthening of freight rates in the clean tanker market for LR1s.

Sep 22, 2020
People & Culture
People & Culture

Founded in 2016 by industry leaders Fabio Kuhn and Etienne Amic, Vortexa is a specialised oil analytics firm, using its proprietary technology to supply real-time market data and insights. Co-founder Fabio Kuhn tells HC Insider about the company and its ambitious growth plans.

Sep 16, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Insight
Technology
VorTECHsa

This is the second article of this series, outlining how to think about data processing code in the Python world, and more specifically, how we can improve our code performance while writing legible, maintainable, production-quality code.

Sep 16, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Insight
Technology
VorTECHsa

In this article, our Head of Data Services focuses on different practices to make sure that our data can be trusted, how we keep it recent and always accessible by adopting the mindset of site reliability engineering.

Sep 16, 2020
Oil & Gas
Asia
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Gasoil
Insight
VLCC

A second wave of diesel floating storage is now underway, as expectations grow for a further build.

Sep 16, 2020
Market Report
APAC
APPEC
Asia
Insight
Market Report
Oil & Gas

Stay up to date on the ramifications of China’s long-standing port congestion, discover why Singapore’s fuel oil arbitrage flows from Europe and South Americas are in decline and get to grips with why Asia’s crude floating storage levels could be primed for resurgence.

Sep 10, 2020
Video
Market Report

Part 2 of our Python SDK demonstration series, our Lead Market Analyst looks into using the SDK to extrapolate data on China clean products exports by top destinations.

Sep 10, 2020
Video
Market Report

In this video, our Lead Market Analyst, Serena Huang, provides a comprehensive demonstration of how to use the Vortexa Python SDK to pull data on Chinese product exports.

Sep 10, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Crude
Insight
LNG
Oil & Gas
US

The effects of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall on the US Gulf coast on 27 August, continue to be felt in the flows of energy commodities out of facilities in or near the path of the storm.

Sep 10, 2020
Freight
Black Sea
Crude
Freight
Insight
Oil & Gas
Russia

Persistently lower Black Sea crude loadings over July-September, compared to more buoyant export levels in the first half of the year, continue to weigh on the regional tanker market rates.

Sep 9, 2020
Oil & Gas
Asia
China
Crude
Freight
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 3
US

US crude loadings to China are en course to reach a 4-month high in September, as more bookings emerge along the route for October.

Sep 8, 2020
People & Culture
People & Culture

The iconic American activist Verna Myers once said, ''Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.'' In this blog, Vortexa discusses what diversity means to them, how it impacts individual roles and why it forms just an essential element of the business.

Sep 4, 2020
Oil & Gas
Asia
Diesel
Europe
Floating Storage
Gasoline
Insight
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas
PADD 3
US

How is clean products floating storage faring globally, and what regional dynamics can we see?

Sep 3, 2020
Freight
Freight
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 3
US

In the wake of Hurricane Laura, we look at the impact of on vessel availability in the clean and dirty fleet segments in the US Gulf coast.

Sep 2, 2020
Oil & Gas
Asia
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Infographic
Insight
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas

Infographic on India's recent clean petroleum product exports since the onset of covid-19

Aug 28, 2020
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Insight
Oil & Gas
PADD 1
US

Reduced gasoline imports and lower local refinery production have led to a large deficit in the total volume of gasoline supplied to PADD 1 during the driving season this year vs. 2019.

Aug 28, 2020
Market Report
Market Report

Explore top 10 trends currently shaping the tanker freight market. From utilisation rates to product imports, discover what most risks impacting fundamentals today, according to Vortexa data.

Aug 27, 2020
Event News
Event
Floating Storage
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
Webinar

On 27 August, our US Analyst & Specialist team looked into the trends of the gasoline market in the US, the market reaction to the pandemic, and what recovery we can see coming in the second half of 2020.

Aug 26, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
Infographic
Insight
Oil & Gas
US

US crude exports fell slightly month-on-month in August, but are still up 20% from last year.

Aug 26, 2020
Freight
Floating Storage
Freight

The number of tankers used for crude and products floating storage activity around the world is down by 36% from two and a half months ago.

Aug 20, 2020
Freight
Crude
Freight
Insight
Middle East
PADD 3
VLCC
WAF
West Africa

Utilisation rates for Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) fell to 44% in August, their lowest level this year following stymied global demand recovery for crude and a significant loss of cargoes compared to 2019 levels, according to Vortexa data.

Aug 20, 2020
Oil & Gas
Floating Storage
Insight
Singapore

Singapore’s fuel oil floating storage inventories saw a 1.1mn mt drawdown over the last four weeks, reaching 4.2mn mt as of 17 August, the lowest since February. Read on to discover why.

Aug 19, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Insight
Product Updates
Python SDK
VorTECHsa

A comprehensive comparison of the products that we offer to our customers such as our API, Excel add-in, and Python SDK. Discover the benefits of our systems to decide what best works for you and your company.

Aug 19, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Event
VorTECHsa

Recently, the Application Development Team at Vortexa delivered a presentation at an event run by the JavaScript Exchange. Watch the presentation and read the wrap up today.

Aug 13, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Insight
Jet Fuel
South Korea
US

South Korea’s jet fuel exports to the US West Coast (PADD 5) rose to 115,000 b/d in July, the highest in at least four years, according to Vortexa data. This follows improved arbitrage economics after an uptick in PADD 5 jet fuel prices and falling clean tanker rates in June.

Aug 6, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Insight
US

Gasoline and blending component exports from northwest Europe and the Mediterranean rose on the month to 1.24mn b/d in July, the highest monthly total since March. This underlines rising refinery runs from European refiners amid stronger regional demand.

Aug 5, 2020
Oil & Gas
Infographic
Insight

US crude and condensates exports rose sharply in July to 3.2mn b/d, up by 22% from the previous month and 28% year-on-year.

Jul 30, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
Insight

Tightness in global heavy-sour crude markets has led to narrowing differentials for these grades against Brent in recent months, despite weaker demand sentiment in the overall crude complex in the wake of the pandemic.

Jul 29, 2020
Freight
Freight
Insight
VLCC

Diesel and jet fuel loadings onto newbuild VLCCs have hit a year-to-date peak in July. Rising cargo volumes aboard VLCCs reinforce the view that east of Suez traders recently become increasingly keen on loading cargoes for longer haul journeys, potentially for floating storage.

Jul 27, 2020
Oil & Gas
Freight
Fuel For Thought
Insight
Webinar

Register now for our Freight webinar, discussing the tanker markets downfall in H1 2020, and the key drivers for the market today. Presented with Braemar.

Jul 22, 2020
Oil & Gas
DPP / Dirty
Fuel Oil
Middle East
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's fuel oil imports typically rise towards the peak power demand season in summer, but early indications so far in Q3 2020 point to a more subdued seasonal uptick compared with prior years.  

Jul 15, 2020
People & Culture
Data Science
Product Updates
Python SDK
VorTECHsa

A look into the journey of one of our analysts learning Python and implementing his skills with the Vortexa SDK.

Jul 14, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Insight
Python SDK
VorTECHsa

The first in a two-part series of articles outlining how to think about data processing code in the Python world, and how we can improve our code performance while writing legible, maintainable, production-quality code.

Jul 14, 2020
Freight
Aframax
Freight
Mediterranean

Aframax tankers trading in the Mediterranean are entering a period with rates at multi-year lows, amid low cargo volumes and a build in surplus tonnage. We investigate the current state of the Aframax Mediterranean market and look to where it is heading through Vortexa data. 

Jul 14, 2020
Oil & Gas
Americas
China
Event
Fuel For Thought
Oil & Gas
US
Webinar

On 14 July 2020, we held a webinar discussing the dynamics of US crude exports to China and what predictions we can make from the data. Watch on demand now.

Jul 7, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Oil & Gas

Global diesel arbitrage flows are shifting as the pace of demand recovery and inventory draws vary across regions. We highlight the key global diesel trends across Europe, Asia and the Americas.  

Jul 2, 2020
Oil & Gas
Americas
Asia
China
Corpus Christi
Oil & Gas
US

Crude exports from the US port of Corpus Christi have dominated Houston's exports in the past ten months on the back of increased connectivity to the Permian and Eagle Ford basins.

Jul 1, 2020
Market Report
Market Report
Oil & Gas
US
Venezuela

This Insight report examines a high risk scenario for freight tonnage if US sanctions for PDVSA were to be extended to tankers involved in Venezuelan movements in the past two years.

Jul 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
Americas
DPP / Dirty
Fuel Oil
Latin America/South America
Oil & Gas
Panama
US

The share of US marine fuels arriving into the global bunkering and storage hub Panama rose sharply in the first half of this year, following the shift to IMO-compliant marine fuels. This displaced previously dominant high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) from South America, as we highlight in this article.

Jul 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Oil & Gas
Sweden

Sweden returned to the position of a net diesel exporter in June, amid improving European diesel consumption. Waning storage economics in the northwest European diesel market curbed the unusual flow of Russian diesel that moved into Swedish storage terminals observed over April-May. 

Jun 25, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
Europe
North Sea
Oil & Gas

North Sea crude exports have proven resilient among global buyers in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, as firm demand in Asia has overcome freight rate spikes and weaker regional demand.

Jun 23, 2020
Oil & Gas
Americas
Asia
CPP / Clean
LPG
Oil & Gas
US

The share of US LPG exports heading to Asia rose in the first half of the year, offsetting a drop in transatlantic flows. Looking ahead, the momentum of US exports to China in particular will hinge upon the competitiveness against rival Middle East producers. 

Jun 17, 2020
Oil & Gas
Brazil
Latin America/South America
Oil & Gas

Brazil's latest seaborne refined products flows reflect the dampening of domestic road fuels demand in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. We take stock of the impact, and see in our data that lower gasoline demand pushed exports in May higher.

Jun 17, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Floating Storage
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas

Fuel oil floating storage became a key feature of the global oil market even before the more recent pandemic-driven explosion in offshore crude and clean products inventories.

Jun 16, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Technology
VorTECHsa

The final chapter of our Satellite Image Segmentation. This piece is an analysis on how to identify where ships are within a satellite image, building a U-Net from the encoder developed in Part 2.

Jun 15, 2020
Data Science & Tech
Data Science
Technology
VorTECHsa

Towards a fully convolutional network, for more interpretability (example of CAM attention), early localisation properties, and capability to evolve into an image segmentation model. In the process, we’ll delve into the technique of transfer learning.

Jun 11, 2020
Americas
Crude
Oil & Gas
Texas
US
Jun 10, 2020
Floating Storage
Freight
Jun 10, 2020
Crude
Europe
Oil & Gas
Jun 10, 2020
Event News
Asia
Event
Event News
Fuel For Thought
Oil & Gas
Python SDK
Webinar

You can now watch our on-demand webinar discussing the recovery of demand and changes in floating storage in the Asia Pacific region. Read our key takeaways here!

Jun 2, 2020
Freight
Jun 2, 2020
Asia
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Oil & Gas
May 27, 2020
Americas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
May 27, 2020
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Oil & Gas
May 20, 2020
Americas
Asia
Blog Migrations
Crude
Oil & Gas
US
May 19, 2020
Fuel For Thought
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
US
Video
Webinar
May 15, 2020
Americas
Crude
Oil & Gas
US
May 13, 2020
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Floating Storage
Oil & Gas
Russia
Sweden
May 13, 2020
Americas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
May 13, 2020
Americas
Asia
Crude
DPP / Dirty
Naphtha
Oil & Gas
US
May 5, 2020
CPP / Clean
Floating Storage
Infographic
Oil & Gas
May 1, 2020
Video
Americas
Event News
Fuel For Thought
Oil & Gas
PADD 3
Saudi Arabia
US
Webinar

Apr 30, 2020
Americas
Crude
Floating Storage
Oil & Gas
US
Apr 28, 2020
Americas
Crude
Oil & Gas
PADD 5
US
Apr 28, 2020
Americas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
VGO
Apr 23, 2020
Americas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
Apr 22, 2020
Asia
Floating Storage
Oil & Gas
Apr 21, 2020
Event News
Data Science
Event
Event News
Floating Storage
Oil & Gas
Python SDK
Webinar

Apr 16, 2020
Blog Migrations
Jupyter Notebook
Product Updates
Python SDK
VorTECHsa
Apr 16, 2020
Asia
China
Floating Storage
Oil & Gas
Apr 9, 2020
Asia
Freight
Oil & Gas
Podcasts
Apr 8, 2020
Americas
Crude
OPEC
Oil & Gas
US
Apr 7, 2020
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas
Apr 1, 2020
CPP / Clean
Europe
Floating Storage
Jet Fuel
Malta
Oil & Gas
Apr 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
Floating Storage

Mar 30, 2020
CPP / Clean
Freight
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Mar 26, 2020
Event News
Event News
Floating Storage
Fuel For Thought
Oil & Gas
Webinar

Mar 25, 2020
Americas
Blog Migrations
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
US
Mar 24, 2020
Blog Migrations
CPP / Clean
Caribbean
Floating Storage
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas
Mar 23, 2020
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
WAF
Mar 18, 2020
ARA
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Oil & Gas
Mar 18, 2020
CPP / Clean
Freight
Jet Fuel
Oil & Gas

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