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.

May 24, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Russia
Asia
Latin America/South America
Freight
PADD 5
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
refined products
refinery
insights
margins

Although global middle distillates have led refined product cracks for the last 2.5 months, increased supplies have prompted a downturn in diesel and jet cracks while gasoline cracks take the lead in the refinery margin complex on a global level. Refineries appear now to be shifting towards gasoline production and away from middle distillates. Given the healthy economics, global gasoline supplies are on the rise as seen in the Vortexa export data. 

May 19, 2022
Freight
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Insight
insights
Suezmax

In this insight, Vortexa examines the current status-quo for VLCC rates, and provides an outlook of whether the repositioning to the Western hemisphere can prove to be supportive in the months to come.

May 18, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
West Africa
Europe
Angola
Russia
Asia
Middle Distillates
insights

West African crude exports to China continue to decline in May, following multi-year lows in April.

May 17, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Diesel
Gasoline
India
Europe
Russia
Asia
South Korea
refined products
insights
Refining

Record diesel cracks have fostered supplies, visible in strong exports from Asia, the Middle East and the US. Also Russian diesel exports to Europe are stable at a high level. Accordingly markets are cooling and the focus shifts to gasoline and crude.

May 12, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Africa
Crude
Diesel
Gasoline
India
Europe
Asia
Freight
South Korea
refined products
insights
Refining

As the global diesel shortage rises, the world looks to Asia's spare refining capacity for additional supplies. In this insight, we assess how much relief Asia can realistically offer in the near-term.

May 12, 2022
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Crude
Diesel
UAE
Gasoline
Saudi Arabia
Russia
Jet Fuel
VGO
Naphtha
OPEC
refined products
Sanctions
Refining

In this insight we shed light on the diverging trends emerging for crude and refined products loadings from OPEC+.

May 5, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Mideast Gulf
Iran
Russia
Insight
refinery
margins
Covid

As China's crude import appetite slows, crude producers are now competing for a smaller pie. Who will be the winners and losers in this race?

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 26, 2022
Oil and Gas
Crude
China
Europe
Russia
Insight
Sanctions
oil supply
oil demand
SPR

Russian crude oil exports are rising strongly in April, adding pressure on oil prices on top of China's Covid nightmare and SPR release. But a number of factors speak for a renewed tightening of markets.

Apr 20, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Asia
Middle East
Freight
Insight
refinery
MR tankers
Tonne-miles
inventories

India's diesel exports set a record-high in March, as traders in the west snapped up every available barrel offered in the market. We weigh in on whether this export level is sustainable going forward.

Apr 19, 2022
Event Highlights
Fuel Oil
Crude
China
Diesel
Russia
STS
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Event News
LNG

On the 19th April, Vortexa's Market Analysis team came together to discuss oil & gas market dynamics in an environment of unseen uncertainty.

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.

Apr 6, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
Diesel
Europe
Jet Fuel
Asia
Middle East
Insight
LNG
refinery
oil supply

Growing sanctions on Russia raise the question of re-supply to Europe. We take a look at the Middle East, which based on its size would be promissing, but flow trends suggest otherwise.

Mar 29, 2022
Oil & Gas
Export
Crude
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Asia
Urals
oil price
Insight
refined products
Sanctions
oil supply
oil demand
Ukraine

Russian oil exports are increasingly struggling, given the strong dependence on "unfriendly countries". IEA's call of 2.5-3mbd crude supply losses looks plausible but is at loggerheads with range-bound oil prices.

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 22, 2022
Event News
Webinar
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Russia
Naphtha
Freight
Event News
Tankers
refined products
refinery
inventories

In this webinar, Vortexa’s Lead Analyst, Serena Huang, China Market Analyst, Emma Li, and Lead Freight Analyst, Arthur Richier, discussed some new opportunities and trading strategies that have evolved as a result of this new oil regime.

Mar 10, 2022
Oil and Gas
Crude
China
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
oil price
Insight
refinery
oil supply
oil demand
inventories

As the US and UK join a growing list of trading and refining companies in abandoning Russian oil barrels this week, the repercussions of an increasingly starved global oil market will deal a hard blow on Asia's economy.

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 8, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Russia
DPP / Dirty
oil price
Insight
Natural Gas
oil supply
oil demand

Oil prices are set to rise strongly, as Russian supplies to the market are getting delayed or cancelled down the line. We try to give an overview on crucial factors for rebalanced the market in unchartered territory.

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.

Mar 2, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Med
Iran
Russia
North Sea
Asia
Urals
Freight
Refining

In this insight we examine the pros and cons of some key grades that could see/are seeing a boost in demand as European buyers shy away from Russian crude.

Mar 1, 2022
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Crude
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Transatlantic
Naphtha
Freight
Insight
refinery
MR tankers
Ukraine
secondary feedstocks

From an oil and shipping point of view, the Russia/Ukraine war may curtail or merely rerout the flows of Russian oil barrels, or even keep them largely unchanged. The importance of diesel may even top crude, with limited alternatives speaking for continued Russian-European trade.

Feb 24, 2022
Event News
Fuel Oil
Crude
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Naphtha
Freight
OPEC
LPG
Insight
Event News

Vortexa were proud to host the Energy Market Update 2022 this week, as a pre-IE Week celebration event to bring together industry leaders, held in a hidden venue in Mayfair, London.

Feb 24, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Libya
Gasoline
Europe
Transatlantic
Freight
PADD 3
Insight
refinery
MR tankers
Land storage

European refiners' thirst for light-sweet crudes has propelled sweet crude premiums in recent weeks. As these premiums continue to test historical highs, it raises questions as to whether product prices are catching up fast enough to support this price momentum.

Feb 17, 2022
US
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Event News

From the 26-28 January, Vortexa partnered with Argus to present at the Argus Crude Live online conference, alongside industry leaders.

Feb 15, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Asia
Insight
refined products
refinery

The global refining industry is facing immense challenges in ramping up runs. With Asia and Europe's refiners entering maintenance season, and current product inventories near historical lows, the market could see more tightness looming ahead.

Feb 10, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
West Africa
Europe
Russia
Middle East
OPEC
oil price
Insight
oil supply

In this insight, we will drill into the details of export trends among the most important sweet crude producers for the global market.

Feb 9, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Europe
Asia
Middle East
Americas
Insight
inventories

Global crude inventories are at one of the lowest levels historically after a significant draw last year. Will this trend continue or is an inflection coming?

Jan 26, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Asia
LNG
refined products
Sanctions

In this insight we examine the reprcussions and motivations behind Europe and/or the US applying sanctions to Russian energy

Jan 25, 2022
Oil & Gas
Import
Crude
China
SPR
Refining
inventories
backwardation
outlook

Global crude liftings are falling short of meeting demand in spite of OPEC+ efforts, and the latest trend is furthermore going in the wrong direction.

Jan 20, 2022
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez
Deliveries

Vortexa will make a recap of the key takeaways of crude tanker CPP voyages, while giving a view of whether this trend is sustainable in 2022.

Jan 19, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
OPEC
oil supply
spare capacity
Refining
backwardation
outlook

Global crude liftings are falling short of meeting demand in spite of OPEC+ efforts, and the latest trend is furthermore going in the wrong direction.

Jan 18, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Diesel
Europe
Middle East
Refining
backwardation
outlook

Growing diesel tightness globally is fueling a rise in diesel cracks and a widening of the market backwardation. With refinery runs capped by high operational costs and upcoming maintenance activities, the diesel market could tighten further in the weeks ahead.

Jan 13, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Jet Fuel
OPEC
oil price
oil supply
oil demand
Covid
Refining
inventories
backwardation
outlook

Omicron: pre-emptive supply cuts & resilient demand draw stocks and lift prices

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.

Jan 11, 2022
Oil & Gas
Import
Export
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Asia
refined products
insights

China issued the first batch of crude import and product export quotas to refiners this year at around 10% and 55% lower than last year’s respectively, signaling its commitment towards further consolidating the refining sector.

Jan 6, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Export
Crude
Libya
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Russia
Middle East
VLCC
OPEC
Ecuador

Global crude exports ended 2021 on a high, driven by higher volumes from key OPEC Middle East producers, the US and Russia.

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 15, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Event News
refined products

In this special webinar, Vortexa’s Market Analysis team came together to analyse where the global markets stand in the road to recovery and what challenges, opportunities and risks are waiting around the corner in 2022.

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.

Dec 8, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Russia
DPP
LNG
refined products
Natural Gas

As geopolitical tensions mount around Russia-US relations, we take stock of the former nation's role in supplying oil and gas.

Dec 2, 2021
Freight
US
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Jet Fuel
Middle East
Naphtha
VLCC
Freight
MR tankers
LR1
Far East

In this blog, Vortexa attempts to assess Omicron’s impact on crude and product tanker markets.

Dec 1, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Russia
OPEC
LPG
oil price
refined products
oil supply
oil demand
economy

Total oil and gas seaborne departures rose to record highs in November. We investigate the main contributors and drivers behind the rise.

Nov 20, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Event News
refined products

As global market volatility continues to rock America and beyond, Vortexa’s Chief Economist David Wech and Senior Market Analyst Pamela Munger shared their expert insights on Crude and Clean Product supply and demand market dynamics and how to effectively manoeuvre operations to stride ahead of competitors.

Nov 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Asia
oil price
refinery
Natural Gas
oil supply

Asia’s imports of sweet crude oil are on track to rise sharply in November as the region’s refiners pivot buying activity, at least in part, to minimise elevated desulphurisation costs.

Nov 16, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
OPEC
oil price
oil supply
spare capacity

Seaborne crude oil supplies made a step higher in October and early November, as core OPEC+ suppliers hike exports. But this is not necessarily bearish as it exposes a lack of spare capacity.

Nov 11, 2021
Freight
Crude
DPP / Dirty
Freight
OPEC
Vessel Utilisation
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

A rally in rates throughout the month of October was logically followed by an increase in laden crude tankers as seen through Vortexa data. With the physical reality of low tonne-miles settling in however, it remains to be seen whether that rally still has fuel to run on.

Nov 3, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Gasoline
Non-OPEC
OPEC
refinery

Calls on OPEC+ to raise crude supply faster than originally planned may not be the silver bullet some consuming nations expect as Vortexa data shows that OPEC+ sweet crude supplies are not keeping pace with sour barrels.

Nov 2, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Diesel
Floating Storage
refinery
Land storage

China is now facing yet another dilemma of a diesel supply shortage, as the global natural gas tightness and sky-high coal prices are driving factories to turn to diesel power generators amidst rising seasonal diesel demand from other sectors

Oct 26, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Asia
Floating Storage
OPEC
margins

Global gasoline cracks are soaring amidst growing market tightness. A cap on gasoline production and high blending costs could see cracks reaching regular 5-year highs this winter

Oct 14, 2021
Freight
Fuel For Thought
Fuel Oil
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Scrubbers
Insight
Tankers

Scrubber installations have shaped the employability and demand of VLCC tankers in a globally depressed crude freight market in 2021.

Oct 8, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Event News
refined products

In this webinar, Vortexa’s Lead Analyst, Serena Huang, China Market Analyst, Emma Li, and Lead Freight Analyst, Arthur Richier, discussed some new opportunities and trading strategies that have evolved as a result of this new oil regime.

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.

Oct 5, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Europe
North Sea
Asia
VLCC
Floating Storage
Johan Sverdrup

Puzzling trends are emerging in the North Sea crude market with Forties cargoes increasingly seen offshore UK, yet at the same time Johan Svedrup flows to Asia are poised to rise.

Sep 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Asia
Middle East
Non-OPEC
OPEC

In this insight we explore the underlying trends for OPEC crude exports, highlighting the importance of Saudi Arabia and UAE in the producer group, and assess the impact of China's import activity.

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. 

Sep 22, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Event News
refined products

In this webinar, Vortexa’s Senior Freight Analyst Arthur Richier and Freight Analyst Ioannis Papadimitriou deep-dive into whether optimism for recovery is well-placed, or if market fundamentals are likely to falter and the carefully stacked house of cards is likely to topple. 

Sep 8, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
West Africa
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez

West African crude exports fell to a record low in August, underlying the acceleration of a structural decline that can be traced back to back to early 2020.

Aug 25, 2021
Event News
Crude
Oil & Gas
Event News
refined products

On the 24th August, Vortexa's US Team discussed Vortexa’s proprietary data and utilising it to anticipate what’s next for time spreads, locational arbs and product differentials.

Aug 19, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Europe
Non-OPEC
OPEC
refinery
East of Suez

The WTI market is set for structural weakness as rising West of Suez demand is more than offset by drastic policy changes in China and rising Middle Eastern supplies.

Aug 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Crude
China
West Africa
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Russia
Jet Fuel

China issued a third batch of crude import quotas last week, but limited quotas will keep crude imports subdued for the rest of the year, which is further reinforced by a soft domestic demand outlook and limited product export quotas.

Aug 11, 2021
Freight
Import
Crude
China
India
VLCC
Freight
Far East
Tonne-miles
SE Asia

China’s contribution to crude tonne-miles has dwindled year-to-date according to Vortexa freight data as the country continues to decrease crude imports. Other nations have stepped in to fill the void as our data shows.

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 22, 2021
Freight
US
Crude
West Africa
Middle East
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Far East

Is the OPEC+ output increase considered glad tidings or a false hope for the VLCC market? 

Jul 15, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
Middle East
VLCC
OPEC
Suezmax

With OPEC+ going through a standoff concerning the future production policy, a spike in crude exports in early July raises eyebrows. We investigate how sustainable this development is likely to be.

Jul 14, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Russia
Jet Fuel
OPEC
Insight

A series of domestic policy changes and market headwinds in recent months has upended China’s refining industry, putting a tight lid on the country’s crude imports and product exports. Vortexa sheds light on evolving trends in the country's crude imports and product exports.

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 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Middle East
Non-OPEC
OPEC
oil price
Insight

Vortexa looks deeply into oil shipments with strong visibility especially into the more opaque corners of the market to evaluate at the status quo of the oil demand recovery and evaluate if there is good reason for OPEC+ to be hesitant in unleashing oil supply onto the market. 

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 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 15, 2021
Oil & Gas
Venezuela
Crude
China
Freight
Insight
APAC
tax

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.

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 9, 2021
Data Science & Technology
VorTECHsa
Crude
Oil & Gas
Europe
ARA
Python SDK
Data Science
Technology

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.

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?

May 26, 2021
Freight
Crude
India
Europe
Middle East
Americas
VLCC
Insight
Tankers
Vessel Utilisation
Far East
Suezmax

Declining volumes towards the Far East limits tanker demand, but long-haul voyages to India keep VLCC and Suezmax tanker utilisation in balance.

May 20, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Africa
Crude
West Africa
Brazil
Europe
Mediterranean
Insight

Atlantic Basin crude/condensate departures (including intra-country movements) totaled 21.2 mn b/d in April, the highest, albeit marginally, since May 2020. 

May 17, 2021
Freight
Crude
India
Asia
VLCC
Insight
refinery
Suezmax

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.

May 12, 2021
Freight
UK
LR2
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Gasoil
VLCC
Insight
Suezmax

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.

May 6, 2021
OIl & Gas
Crude
China
Diesel
Insight
refinery

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.

May 2, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Import
Export
Crude
Diesel
Gasoline
Asia
Transatlantic
Naphtha
Insight
refined products
refinery

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.

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 21, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Import
Export
Crude
Gasoline
Transatlantic
Latin America/South America
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
refined products

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.

Apr 15, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Crude
China
India
Med
Latin America/South America
Freight
refinery

Vortexa outlines how global crude imports show a slow recovery for refiners.

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 17, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Asia
biofuels
refinery

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.

Mar 4, 2021
Freight
Crude
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Insight
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation
Johan Sverdrup
Norway

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.

Feb 26, 2021
Event News
Fuel For Thought
Crude
Oil & Gas
oil price
Past webinar
Event News

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.

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 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.

Feb 4, 2021
Crude
Freight
Floating Storage
Event News

From the 26-28 January, Vortexa partnered with Argus to present at the Argus Crude Live online conference, alongside industry leaders.

Jan 27, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Russia
Asia
Infographic
OPEC
Insight

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.

Jan 7, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
Oil & Gas
Mideast Gulf
Europe
Asia
Insight

More CPC Blend could be sailing to Asia in Q1 2021 driven by demand weakness in Europe and tightening UAE crude supplies to Asian refiners

Dec 16, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Libya
OPEC
Insight

A cargo of Libyan crude is heading to PADD 5 for the first time in almost a year.

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.

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