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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 9, 2021
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Europe
Asia
Middle East
VLCC
Latin America/South America
Freight
PADD 1

As diesel strengthens against gasoline in the Atlantic Basin, will East of Suez diesel exports dampen the flames or will diesel continue to strengthen in the next six months?

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.

Sep 2, 2021
Freight
LR2
West Africa
Middle East
Gasoil
VLCC
Freight
Suezmax
East of Suez

As CPP volumes on crude supertankers decline, Vortexa analyses the main factors of this occurrence and provides a view on the future of VLCC and Suezmax clean maiden voyages. 

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 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.

Jul 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Oil & Gas
Australia
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
South Korea
Insight

Asia’s diesel/gasoil exporters are facing growing headwinds in moving barrels to the West. Despite the challenges, Asia's diesel/gasoil balances have been moderated by three key drivers – China’s slowing exports, robust regional demand and newbuild VLCC arbitrage – maintaining regional cracks stable.

Jul 29, 2021
Oil and Gas
US
West Africa
Diesel
Gasoline
Asia
Middle East
Chile
Americas
VLCC
Latin America/South America
Freight
PADD 3
mexico
MR tankers
East of Suez

Latam imports of gasoline & diesel are enjoying a demand surge with volumes arriving from as far away as the East of Suez to fulfill hefty import requirements. However, despite higher volumes of clean products headed towards Latam over July, MR tanker US Gulf - Latam remained relatively unchanged, as a fair chunk of the inflow was supplied from West Africa.

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 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 12, 2021
Event News
Freight
Event News

On the 8th July, Shipping Professional Network of London (SPNL) hosted an industry leading panel with Freight Analytics Partner, Vortexa, to areas of the maritime industry that have been impacted by growing analytics and what further changes we can see coming.

Jul 8, 2021
Freight
US
Naphtha
Freight
LPG
Far East
VLGC

Despite a really strong, unseasonal LPG price hike, VLGC rates are following a different path. Vortexa attempts to shed a light on this divergent pattern. 

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 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 16, 2021
Freight
Freight

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.

Jun 16, 2021
Freight
US
Middle East
South America
Latin America/South America
Freight
Insight
LNG

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.

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
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 2, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Diesel
Gasoline
Freight
South Korea
Insight
APAC
tax

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.

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 28, 2021
Event News
Oil & Gas
Freight
Past webinar
Event News

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.

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 19, 2021
Freight
LR2
Asia
Middle East
Naphtha
Freight
LPG
Insight
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation
LR1
Far East

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. 

Mar 11, 2021
Freight
US
Gasoline
Europe
Houston
Latin America
Freight
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation
Norway
MR tankers

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.

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 24, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Freight
Event News

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.

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 10, 2021
Freight
Freight
People & Culture
Insight

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.

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
Company News
Freight
Company News

Vortexa are proud to announce membership of SPNL for 2021 as the Freight Analytics Partner.

Jan 20, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Asia
Freight
Insight
LNG
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation

The recent bonanza of exports enjoyed by LNG producers such as the US, fuelled by a demand crunch in Asia, has rippled through freight markets for LNG carriers.

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 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 16, 2020
Event News
Freight
Singapore
IMO2020
Event News
Risk
Sanctions

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

Dec 9, 2020
Event News
US
Venezuela
Oil & Gas
Freight
Event News
Sanctions

On 9th December, expert analysts from Vortexa, Windward and C4ADS came together to discuss the impact of trade sanctions on oil and shipping markets. Watch the webinar on demand!

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.

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 9, 2020
Oil & Gas
Venezuela
Crude
Oil & Gas
Freight
Infographic
Insight
Tankers
Windward
Risk
Sanctions

This report brings together Windward intelligence and Vortexa data on maritime risk factors, dark movements, vessel specifics and cargo flows in a case study examining the risk posed to the global maritime fleet of association with the Venezuelan oil trade.

Oct 29, 2020
Event News
Europe
Jet Fuel
Americas
Freight
Floating Storage
Middle Distillates
PADD 3
PADD 1
Event News

On the 29th October, the global Vortexa team came together to discuss the middle distillates market, taking stock of the market from both sides of the pond, from Europe to America.

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 9, 2020
Event News
Freight
IMO2020
Event News

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
Freight
Floating Storage
Tankers

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

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

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.

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

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
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Asia
Freight
PADD 3
Insight

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

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.

Aug 26, 2020
Freight
Freight
Floating Storage

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
West Africa
WAF
Middle East
VLCC
Freight
PADD 3
Insight

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.

Jul 29, 2020
Freight
VLCC
Freight
Insight

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
Fuel For Thought
Webinar
Freight
Insight

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 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. 

Jun 10, 2020
Freight
Floating Storage
Jun 2, 2020
Freight
Apr 9, 2020
Podcasts
Oil & Gas
Asia
Freight
Mar 30, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
VLCC
Freight
Mar 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Freight
Feb 27, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Jan 16, 2020
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Jan 10, 2020
Middle East
Freight
Strait of Hormuz
Nov 13, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Mediterranean
Freight
Oct 16, 2019
Market Report
Freight
Market Report

Very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker rates surged to multi-year highs in recent days amid a perfect storm of sanctions and regulatory risks that placed several hundred oil tankers off limits.

Sep 30, 2019
Asia
Freight
ULCC
Sep 16, 2019
Saudi Arabia
Middle East
Freight
Aug 30, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Middle East
Americas
Freight
VLSFO
Fujairah
Jul 23, 2019
Oil & Gas
STS
Freight
ULCC
Apr 11, 2019
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Europe
Asia
Americas
VLCC
Freight
Mar 21, 2019
Mediterranean
Freight
ULCC
Mar 14, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
Sep 17, 2018
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
Jul 26, 2018
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Insight

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