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Sep 16, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Diesel
Brazil
Gasoline
WAF
Transatlantic
Chile
STS
Latin America/South America
South Korea
PADD 3
mexico
refined products

Latin America has been a key importer of road transportation fuels in 2021. However fundamentals, seasonality and shipping indicators are signaling that the demand pull may be behind us.

Sep 15, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Gasoline
Asia
Naphtha
South Korea
refined products

With the US driving season having come to an end, a pillar of support also breaks away for Asian gasoline cracks. But regional fundamentals and strong petchem operations are set to keep gasoline cracks supported.

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 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 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 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 7, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Gasoline
Transatlantic
Naphtha
LPG
Insight

Vortexa uses flows data to illustrates how strong gasoline demand combined with steep petrochemical demand feedstock is driving up the demand for naphtha, making refiners max light end yields at the expense of middle distillate.

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
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 26, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Fuel Oil
Gasoline
Europe
Baltic
VGO
Middle East
PADD 3
Insight

US Gulf Coast imports of fuel oil and VGO are climbing as the region’s refiners respond to rising US gasoline demand.

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.

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 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
West Africa
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Caribbean
Infographic
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight

Vortexa's infographic analyses gasoline/blending components volumes loading and in transit as they start to slow. As US refineries increase runs to meet domestic demand, European imports could be forced to find alternative destinations.

Apr 12, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Gasoline
WAF
VGO
Transatlantic
Latin America/South America
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
refined products

Vortexa outlines how the the peak in European gasoline loadings destined for the Atlantic Basin will slow and why.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

May 27, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
May 13, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
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
Mar 25, 2020
Blog Migrations
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Mar 23, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
WAF
Mar 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
ARA
Oct 24, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Gasoline
Europe
Aug 7, 2019
China
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Asia
Jun 25, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Europe
PADD 1
Insight

May 7, 2019
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
PADD 5
Insight

Apr 10, 2019
Africa
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Nigeria
Mar 26, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Australia
Gasoline
Baltic
Mar 22, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Feb 28, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Asia
Singapore
Apr 11, 2018
US
China
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
CNPC
Americas
Mar 5, 2018
LR2
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
India
Europe
Mar 5, 2018
Africa
Oil & Gas
Mideast Gulf
Gasoline
WAF
Saudi Arabia

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