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 10, 2022
Freight
Export
LR2
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Naphtha
Freight
Insight
refined products
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez

Clean tanker rates in the East of Suez have remained at a high level despite erratic demand in the region. The main driver of this situation lies on the supply side. In this insight we dive into the dynamics behind rates in the East, and link the chain of events to trace the freight rate trajectory.

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?

May 4, 2022
Oil and Gas
Export
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Russia
Latin America/South America
Insight
refined products
margins
spare capacity
SPR
Refining

PADD 3 diesel exports surged in April as import demand strengthened from key consumers in Latin America and Europe - the latter seeking to progressively reduce its reliance on Russian supply. PADD 3 exports rose despite stronger domestic diesel demand, once again underlying the growing global competition for diesel.

May 3, 2022
Oil and Gas
Export
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Russia
OPEC
Insight
refined products
spare capacity
SPR
Refining

Europe has sucessfully made first steps in scaling back Russian oil imports and resupplying from other sources. But only about one third of the diesel challenge has been managed so far, already leading to record pricing. Global refining is severely constrained.

Apr 28, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Europe
Russia
Transatlantic
Freight
Insight
MR tankers

MR tankers in the Atlantic are facing a bumpy road after the first week of April, mainly driven by tonnage oversupply. However, the return of transatlantic gasoline demand could act as a deus ex machina and stage a revival for freight rates on both ends of the Atlantic Basin.

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 21, 2022
Oil and Gas
Fuel Oil
Europe
Russia
Asia
Middle East
Insight

Global fuel oil prices are set to strengthen over the coming months being faced with a double whammy of rising demand and tight supplies. A crucial wildcard here is how much Russian fuel oil will find a home which could help alleviate the global supply shortage.

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 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.

Apr 6, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
China
Europe
Jet Fuel
Asia
Middle East
South Korea
PADD 5
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
refinery
East of Suez

A jet fuel supply crunch in the US and Europe is drawing long-haul barrels from the East, but supplies are capped at a time when refiners are maximising diesel yields and entering into planned maintenance.

Apr 4, 2022
Company News
Company News
Insight

The Baltic Exchange pricing benchmarks are now accessible in conjunction with Vortexa’s market-leading analytics to provide a powerful combination for charterers, shipowners and freight analysts with the sharpest actionable insights available in the market.

Mar 31, 2022
Freight
WAF
Baltic
Russia
Asia
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
PADD 3
Insight
Suezmax
East of Suez

In this insight we revisit Suezmax performance versus competing vessel classes at key regions in the aftermath of the Russian invasion.

Mar 30, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Export
Gasoline
WAF
Europe
Russia
Asia
Middle East
Latin America/South America
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
refined products
Windward
East of Suez

As we enter the start of driving season for the Atlantic Basin, we have already seen refined product cracks rise to historical highs in both the US and Asia markets which have boosted global seaborne gasoline loadings to a 24-month record for March. Looking forward, high crude runs in a few selected regions could be the factor to cool gasoline cracks and refining margins somewhat.

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 23, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Fuel Oil
Europe
Russia
Asia
DPP / Dirty
Insight
Sanctions
East of Suez
Ukraine
secondary feedstocks

Dirty products are the first energy exports out of Russia showing clear signs of declines. And there are good reasons for it, as well as relevant knock-on effects, including higher prices and Russian production shut-ins.

Mar 22, 2022
Oil & Gas
LR2
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Russia
Asia
Freight
Insight
Sanctions
Vessel Availability
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez
Ukraine

Following up on our APAC Webinar, we are answered questions on Russian oil exports, and the implactions on European and Asian crude and product flows, as well as repercussions for clean and dirty shipping.

Mar 17, 2022
Freight
LR2
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Russia
Asia
Freight
Insight
Sanctions
Vessel Availability
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez
Ukraine

While crude rates are falling from the peaks reached following the Russian invasion in Ukraine, CPP tanker rates continue their rally, especially in the Eastern hemisphere. In this insight we will analyse the drivers which have triggered this development.

Mar 15, 2022
Oil and Gas
Diesel
Europe
Russia
Asia
Insight
refinery
oil supply
oil demand

More Russian diesel may stay in European markets than initially thought, even though many buyers are staying away from cargoes for now. But key buyers are making up for this, limiting unusual outflows to Asia so far.

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 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 23, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Europe
Russia
Asia
Middle East
Freight
Middle Distillates
PADD 3
Insight
Sanctions
refinery
East of Suez

In this insight we analyse the main factors tightening European diesel supplies and driving backwardation to multiyear highs.

Feb 16, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Gasoline
Transatlantic
Latin America/South America
PADD 3
Insight
refined products
refinery

As we witness US gasoline cracks moving toward levels matching 2021 highs, a year hit by severe unplanned supply problems and high refined product demand we can expect to see only further limitations to supplies as spring refinery maintenance ramps up across the globe and demand is set to grow for all refined products in a world emerging from the pandemic.

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?

Feb 8, 2022
Oil & Gas
Import
China
Gasoline
India
Asia
Insight
refined products
SE Asia
oil demand
Refining

The Omicron variant is sweeping through Asia fast and furious. How much impact has it had on Asia's oil demand so far?

Feb 2, 2022
Freight
China
CPP / Clean
Diesel
India
Gasoil
Freight
PADD 3
PADD 1
Insight
Tankers

Surging diesel prices have been at the forefront of market news in recent weeks. Can clean tanker markets benefit from this pricing trend?

Jan 13, 2022
Company News
Company News
Insight

Today, Vortexa is proud to launch the world’s most complete data and analytics for global onshore crude inventories, enabling commodities traders and analysts to gain the fastest and most accurate view of global supply and demand balances.

Nov 9, 2021
Company News
Company News
Insight

Today, Vortexa has gone live with a new screen combining real-time supply and demand freight analytics with The Baltic Exchange’s pricing benchmarks.

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 14, 2021
Company News
Company News
Insight

The Baltic Exchange pricing benchmarks are now accessible in conjunction with Vortexa’s market-leading analytics to provide a powerful combination for charterers, shipowners and freight analysts with the sharpest actionable insights available in the market.

Oct 4, 2021
People & Culture
Company News
Insight

Vortexa is delighted to welcome David Wech as our Chief Economist. David's extensive experience across strategy execution, product development, supply and demand modelling, competitive market positioning, commodity analysis and pricing forecasts will provide immeasurable value as global growth continues to accelerate.

Sep 30, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Europe
Asia
Insight
LNG
Energy Crisis
Natural Gas

Unprecedented gas price surge in recent months has tilted United Kingdom into crisis mode, but the problem is spreading across Europe and the rest of the world.

Aug 10, 2021
Oil & Gas
Export
China
Oil & Gas
Asia
Video
Insight
refinery

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 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 & 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 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 14, 2021
Company News
Company News
Insight

Energy traders and analysts can now easily access Vortexa’s real-time global energy analytics app on The Bloomberg Terminal via the Bloomberg App Portal. Bloomberg Terminal users will be able to access past, present and future global energy flows of Crude, LNG, Biofuels, Gasoline, Diesel, Fuel Oil, Jet, Naphtha and many others - powerful leading indicators of price movements and key for identifying trading opportunities.

Jul 8, 2021
Company News
Company News
Insight

Former ExxonMobil Global LNG Analytics Lead, Felix Booth joins Vortexa as its new Head of LNG to build the next generation of LNG analytics.

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.

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 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 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
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. 

Jun 4, 2021
Freight
US
Asia
Panama
LPG
PADD 3
Insight
Vessel Utilisation
Tonne-miles
VLGC

North American LPG shipments to Asia may come at a higher price this summer due to multiple forces pressuring the economics of the trade.

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?

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 27, 2021
Freight
LR2
Europe
Naphtha
Latin America
LPG
Insight
Tankers
Vessel Utilisation
LR1
Far East
Tonne-miles

Elevated naphtha exports from Europe supported long-haul voyages in favour of LR2 tankers. Yet, will this trend contribute to uplift LR2 freight rates?

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 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 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 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 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 11, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Import
Export
Transatlantic
Insight
LNG

Vortexa outlines how supply and demand dynamics appear to be improving for LNG markets in a supportive price environment

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
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 5, 2021
OIl & Gas
Fuel Oil
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Middle East
DPP
Latin America/South America
Insight

Saudi Arabia's imports of dirty petroleum products are strengthening as the country gears up for peak summer demand.

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.

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.

Apr 7, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Fuel Oil
VGO
Asia
Middle East
DPP
Latin America/South America
PADD 3
Insight

Vortexa outlines how the decline in US fuel oil and dirty feedstocks exports has impacted buyers in Latin America, Caribbean and Asia.

Mar 31, 2021
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Insight

On Thursday September 25, 2020, Vortexa detected a diversion of reformate away from New York.  Tanker Challenge Prospect 2, chartered by Repsol and lifting out of Tarragona, changed destinations and instead of crossing westbound across the Atlantic, delivered its cargo to Amsterdam. 

Mar 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Infographic
Insight
Suez Canal

Vortexa's infographic analyses oil & gas trading concerns associated with the vessel jam in Suez Canal. The most interesting flow concerns biodiesel feedstocks to Europe, where about a full quarter of monthly import needs may currently be stuck.

Mar 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
West Africa
Diesel
Asia
Middle East
Gasoil
STS
VLCC
Latin America/South America
Insight
Far East

Latin American diesel imports via ship-to-ship transfers (STS) off west Africa are on track to hit a multiyear high of around 230,000 mt in March, up from less than 90,000 mt in February.

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 25, 2021
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Insight
Suez Canal

In a video, Vortexa's Managing Director Clay Seigle reviews continuing events at the Suez Canal and discusses potential oil market repercussions.

Mar 24, 2021
Oil & Gas
Insight
Suez Canal

Vortexa has so far identified ten tanker ships carrying about 13 million barrels of Mideast crude that could be affected by Tuesday's blockage of the Suez Canal. More oil flows could be at risk unless the interruption is quickly resolved.

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 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.

Feb 3, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
China
Oil & Gas
Asia
Naphtha
LPG
Insight

The cold snap in North Asia ensured steady LPG export demand throughout January even as US propane prices reached their highest levels in over two years.

Jan 28, 2021
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Insight

ARA region's fuel oil exports have surged amid an influx of Baltic supplies, but limited arbitrage opportunities are proving to be a headwind for the market.

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.

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