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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 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 25, 2021
Freight
LR2
Oil & Gas
Europe
Middle East
Naphtha
LPG
LR1
Far East
Tonne-miles

Firm naphtha demand and discount to LPG prices has boosted naphtha volumes. At the same time LR2 tankers are involved in trades of other products, letting LR1 to gobble up market share out of the Middle East.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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. 

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.

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.

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 22, 2020
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
Middle East
DPP / Dirty

Saudi Arabia's fuel oil imports typically rise towards the peak power demand season in summer, but early indications so far in Q3 2020 point to a more subdued seasonal uptick compared with prior years.  

Jan 10, 2020
Middle East
Freight
Strait of Hormuz
Jan 8, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Middle East
Strait of Hormuz
Nov 5, 2019
US
Fuel Oil
Middle East
Americas
DPP / Dirty
Jordan
Sep 16, 2019
Saudi Arabia
Middle East
Freight
Aug 30, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Middle East
Americas
Freight
VLSFO
Fujairah
Mar 12, 2019
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Iran
Middle East
Feb 7, 2019
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Mideast Gulf
Middle East
DPP / Dirty
Jul 27, 2018
Crude
Oil & Gas
Asia
Middle East
Vietnam
Kuwait
May 17, 2018
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
ARA
Middle East
Rotterdam

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