News & insights

Stay on top of the waterborne oil & gas industry with Vortexa. Our insights share expert information from energy market analysts across the globe.

Oct 13, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Jet Fuel
Latin America
Middle Distillates
East of Suez
Power

The global middle distillate market looks finely poised for this quarter as we enter a period of seasonally higher diesel consumption in the Atlantic Basin and rising east to west shipments.

Oct 7, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
CPP / Clean
Europe
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
Tonne-miles

As the world tries to shake off the pandemic, Vortexa looks at top-level tanker demand trends to understand how the Crude and CPP markets have fared compared to the pre-covid period, the previous quarter and what is in store for the future.

Sep 23, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
West Africa
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez
Freight Rates
Decarbonisation

Having one eye set to analytical insights and the other on industry events, Vortexa provides a brief outlook on the shipping industry’s future. It seems that the tanker sector will need to surf high and wild waves, both in the short and the long term.

Sep 23, 2021
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
refined products
refinery

Vortexa provides an assessment of the impacts of hurricanes Ida and Nicholas on PADD 3 product and crude flows. Crude imports appear to be in for the greatest impacts. 

Aug 5, 2021
Oil & Gas
Import
Export
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Russia
Naphtha
Freight
Insight
refinery
MR tankers
East of Suez

As we witness global naphtha cracks continuing strength since the spring, we can see that seaborne naphtha imports carry on their impressive recovery. Strong flows are expected to continue on the back of firm petrochemical demand East of Suez and European gasoline blending.

Aug 4, 2021
Oil & Gas
Export
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Russia
DPP
Insight
refinery

Russian seaborne crude and clean products have undergone a significant decline in July. We examine the key factors driving this shift, including rising pipeline flows and a tightening domestic gasoline market.

Jul 21, 2021
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
India
Europe
Russia
Asia
Middle East
Latin America/South America
PADD 3

As global diesel loadings rise amid lagging demand, we explore how the supportive factors in the physical diesel market are not enough to withstand the pressure of a product in oversupply.

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 24, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Middle East
Pakistan
STS
Latin America/South America
Insight
LNG
APAC

Vortexa evaluates if the current large volumes of seaborne diesel on the water are a demand pull or a supply push from refineries as they max out gasoline production.

Jun 23, 2021
Freight
Crude
CPP / Clean
Middle East
VLCC
Freight
Insight
Tankers
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

Oil prices are on the rise and a $100 barrel of crude doesn’t seem as far fetched as it did a few months ago. The implications of crude reaching this strong, symbolic price are wide-ranging, especially when it comes to freight markets. Will OPEC+ step in and will this fuel a tanker market rally?

Jun 22, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Europe
Jet Fuel
Insight
APAC

Vortexa data shows global jet fuel flows still remain well below pre-Covid norms, with little sign of a meaningful demand recovery so far this summer. Flows heading to key demand centres in Europe and Asia remain flat, but the US is proving to be a rare bright spot for import activity.

Jun 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
ARA
Transatlantic
Mediterranean
Insight

Vortexa shows diverging trends for crude arrivals heading to key Atlantic Basin buyers.

Jun 10, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Europe
Insight
Tankers
Tonne-miles
Fleet Distribution
East of Suez

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.

Jun 10, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Freight
New York
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight

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.

Jun 7, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Europe
Asia
DPP
Insight
refinery

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. 

May 18, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Freight
New York
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight

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.

May 10, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Freight
New York
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight

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.

May 6, 2021
Event News
Fuel For Thought
Fuel Oil
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Gasoil
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Event News

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.

Apr 29, 2021
OIl & Gas
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Tankers
Tonne-miles

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.

Apr 7, 2021
Freight
Crude
China
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Houston
Middle East
Rotterdam
VLCC
Freight
Singapore
Floating Storage
PADD 3
Insight
Tankers
Vessel Availability

Explore Q1 2021 freight market update based on Vortexa data.

Mar 25, 2021
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Asia
Middle East
DPP
Freight
Insight
Suez Canal

A breakdown of the impact on oil, freight and flows in the aftermath of the Suez Canal blockage.

Mar 4, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Infographic
LPG
PADD 3

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.

Feb 23, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Freight
Insight
refinery

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.

Feb 17, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
ARA
Insight

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.

Feb 11, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Infographic
Insight
refined products

We put the spotlight on the key US crude and product net flows to watch.

Jan 14, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Caribbean
Freight
Insight

Several gasoline and diesel cargoes have diverted away from the US East coast hub of New York Harbor so far this month, suggesting a current surplus in PADD 1 that could prompt prices to recede.

Dec 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Mideast Gulf
India
Asia
Naphtha
Insight

Asia’s growing naphtha demand has outpaced arbitrage supplies in December, but higher exports from key suppliers should cap further upsides on naphtha cracks.

Dec 16, 2020
Freight
Crude
China
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Houston
Middle East
Rotterdam
VLCC
Freight
Singapore
Floating Storage
PADD 3
Insight
Tankers
Vessel Availability

Explore freight markets forecast for 2021 based on Vortexa data.

Dec 4, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Jet Fuel
Freight
Floating Storage
Insight

Floating storage told the story of the extraordinary moves in oil demand and supply in 2020.

Dec 2, 2020
Oil & Gas
Import
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
France
Insight
refined products

Vortexa sees a marked shift in French clean product flows in the aftermath of the country's recent nationwide lockdown.

Nov 20, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Asia
Middle East
Naphtha
Mediterranean
Freight
Tankers

LR tanker rates are rallying higher following a strong month of October-loading naphtha exports from the Mediterranean and the Mideast Gulf heading East, with the momentum set to continue in November.

Nov 12, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Diesel
Gasoline
India
South Korea
Insight
APAC
refined products

Australia’s refining sector has been dealt another blow by BP’s recent announcement to shut its Kwinana refinery in Western Australia, and convert it into an import terminal by early next year.

Nov 6, 2020
Infographic
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Infographic
Insight

Discover the key benefits of Vortexa's new net flows screen with an Infographic on European diesel flows.

Nov 3, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Europe
Latin America/South America
PADD 1

US gasoline/blending components imports into its Atlantic coast (PADD 1) are set to fall to the lowest weekly total seen in months, for the DoE week ending 6 November.

Oct 29, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Mediterranean

We shine the spotlight on net flows of diesel and gasoline within the Mediterranean region.

Oct 22, 2020
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Freight
Infographic
Insight
Tankers

The global build of unemployed tonnage is the cause of recent the weakness and a bleak outlook in clean tanker freight markets, as evidenced by a month-on-month drop in freight rates across 4 out of 5 routes analysed.

Oct 20, 2020
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Diesel
Gasoline
India
South Korea
Insight
APAC
refined products

Australia’s Lytton and Geelong refineries are being threatened with permanent shutdown as the compounding impact of the pandemic on oil demand drags on. We postulate the changes on crude and refined products flows if the refineries shut.

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

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
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Europe
PADD 1
Insight

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
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Brazil
Gasoline
PADD 3
Insight
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
West Africa
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Freight
PADD 1
Insight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Insight

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.

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

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 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
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 23, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Asia
Americas
LPG

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
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Floating Storage

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 2, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
May 27, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
May 27, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
May 13, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Floating Storage
Sweden
May 13, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
May 5, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Floating Storage
Infographic
Apr 28, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
VGO
Americas
Apr 23, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Apr 7, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Apr 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Jet Fuel
Floating Storage
Malta
Mar 30, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
VLCC
Freight
Mar 25, 2020
Blog Migrations
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Mar 24, 2020
Blog Migrations
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Caribbean
Floating Storage
Mar 23, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
WAF
Mar 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
ARA
Mar 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Freight
Mar 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Jet Fuel
France
Mar 6, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
Floating Storage
Mar 6, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Asia
Hong Kong
Feb 27, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Jan 30, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Asia
South Korea
Jan 8, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Middle East
Strait of Hormuz
Nov 22, 2019
Market Report
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
PADD 1
Market Report

Diesel imports into the US Atlantic Coast (PADD 1) are on track to surpass 900,000 mt in November, according to preliminary data by Vortexa.

Nov 13, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Mediterranean
Freight
Nov 11, 2019
Market Report
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
India
Market Report
APAC

Diesel exports from Indian public sector undertaking (PSU) refiners were observed at multi-year highs in October, Vortexa data show.

Nov 7, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Americas
Latin America/South America
Colombia
Oct 24, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Gasoline
Europe
Oct 10, 2019
Market Report
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Primorsk
Market Report

Primorsk diesel exports touched a multi-year low in September on the back of planned refinery maintenance, as northwest Europe drew more strongly on USGC volumes.

Sep 4, 2019
Market Report
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Market Report
APAC

China’s growing refined product exports—mainly gasoline, jet/kero and diesel types—have kept the regional market across Asia well-supplied this year.

Aug 7, 2019
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Asia
Jul 23, 2019
Market Report
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Market Report

Seaborne loadings of diesel and gasoil from Russian Black Sea ports in week 29 rose to the highest weekly level since at least the beginning of 2016.

Jul 11, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Jul 9, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
Philippines
Jul 5, 2019
Market Report
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
ARA
Gasoil
Market Report

Waterborne diesel and gasoil imports into the ARA region rose in June to their highest level since January 2018.

Jun 25, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Europe
PADD 1
Insight

May 23, 2019
Blog Migrations
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Russia
Primorsk
May 7, 2019
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
PADD 5
Insight

Apr 18, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Asia
Americas
South Korea
Apr 10, 2019
Africa
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Nigeria
Apr 3, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Novorossiysk
Gasoil
Mar 26, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Gasoline
Baltic
Mar 22, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Mar 14, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
Mar 12, 2019
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Iran
Middle East
Feb 28, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Asia
Singapore
Feb 14, 2019
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoil
oil price
Jan 31, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Oct 3, 2018
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Naphtha
Tunisia

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