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Apr 27, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
Europe
Russia
VLCC
Aframax
Insight
Sanctions
Suezmax
oil supply
SPR

US crude/condensates exports to Europe are rising in April as the continent pivots further away from Russian supplies. As exports to Europe rise, so too are volumes loaded onto larger tankers, possibly indicating the start of a longer term trend.

Apr 13, 2022
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Europe
Russia
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
MR tankers
LR1
Tonne-miles
Suezmax

As we move into the second quarter of this year, we analyse the effects of recent developments on the tonne-mile demand of crude and clean tanker fleets.

Apr 12, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Diesel
India
Europe
Baltic
Russia
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
refinery
Suezmax
oil supply

In this insight we examine the diverging trends in the flows of Russia's flagship crude grade Urals, when loaded in the Baltics versus Black Sea.

Apr 7, 2022
Freight
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Russia
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Aframax
Insight
Suezmax
oil supply

Russian overall oil exports are on a declined path, while crude exports are stable. European resupply needs and volatility/risk are supporting freight rates, while so far we do not see unusual dark shipping activity.

Mar 24, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Europe
Russia
Asia
Urals
STS
VLCC
Aframax
Insight
Sanctions
Ukraine

Russian crude exports from the Baltic and Black Sea are now showing a clear redirection away from Europe. In this insight we explore the magnitude of this shift and where these crude cargoes are heading to instead.

Mar 9, 2022
Freight
Crude
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
oil price
Insight
Suezmax
oil supply
oil demand

Following the recent news of sanction placements as well as the oil and freight price behaviour over the past few days, we give a brief update on the fate of crude tanker markets, which looks ominous for shipowners. 

Mar 3, 2022
Freight
US
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Europe
Russia
North Sea
Asia
Urals
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
LR1

In the face of mounting challenges to trade oil from Russia, Vortexa conducts a scenario analysis to evaluate how a change in the flow landscape could impact Crude & CPP tanker demand.

Jan 12, 2022
Freight
Crude
China
Asia
Black Sea
Mediterranean
Freight
Aframax
Tankers
insights
Suezmax

Vortexa analyses flow developments in the Mediterranean, assessing the impact on freight rates and inferring on what lies ahead.

Dec 22, 2021
Freight
US
Crude
Gasoline
Europe
Freight
Aframax
Vessel Availability
refinery
MR tankers

Transatlantic rates reached an annual high recently, however are now easing. Vortexa is attempting to analyse the reasons behind this decline and whether this trend will resume.

Dec 14, 2021
Freight
US
LR2
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Russia
Middle East
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Aframax
Tankers
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

In last year’s freight forecast Vortexa described 2020 as one of the most volatile years on record. 2021 saw a more tepid year, with freight rates overall languishing at their lowest levels in years. Vortexa forecasts what 2022 has in store for freight markets.

Dec 9, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
LR2
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Russia
Middle East
Aframax
refined products
refinery
Natural Gas

Vortexa analyses competitive advantages of different refining setups and concludes from product export data that refiners in oil producing countries are currently outperforming plants in consuming nations thanks to feedstock costs.

Jul 14, 2021
Freight
LR2
CPP / Clean
Naphtha
Freight
Aframax
Far East

What are the dynamics behind this dirty-to-clean shift and what is the impact on the product and crude tanker markets?

Jul 1, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
Tankers
MR tankers
Suezmax
Freight Rates

Vortexa summarises the trends and dynamics that prevailed in the crude and product tanker market throughout Q2 2021

Jun 2, 2021
Freight
US
Crude
Europe
Aframax
Insight
Tankers
Vessel Utilisation
Tonne-miles
Suezmax
Fleet Distribution

Cheaper Suezmax freight rates led to increased employment for US - Europe flows. Will this trend continue amidst a positive environment for European crude imports?

Jul 14, 2020
Freight
Mediterranean
Freight
Aframax

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. 

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