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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 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.

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 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.

Jan 27, 2022
Freight
US
LR2
Mideast Gulf
Asia
Naphtha
Freight
LPG
Vessel Availability
VLGC
petrochemicals

In this insight we’ll analyse the main drivers behind the decline on naphtha and LPG freight rates drop as well as what's in store for the future.

Dec 21, 2021
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Asia
Middle East
Naphtha
LPG
refinery
petrochemicals

Asian refiners find silver linings in the current market dynamics despite a looming threat from the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

Dec 16, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Gasoline
Europe
Asia
Middle East
Naphtha
refinery
Natural Gas
petrochemicals
hydrogen

Naphtha flows have seen strong volatility, especially for US sources barrels. Surging European imports and falling loadings are linked to hydrogen economics. The current lack of inflows is boosting cracks.

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.

Nov 23, 2021
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Europe
Asia
Naphtha
refinery
margins

Asia's gasoline cracks have staged a sharp correction in recent weeks. A shift in regional supply-demand dynamics has been the key driving force behind this.

Oct 27, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Gasoline
Asia
Middle East
Naphtha
Mediterranean
Freight

The peculiarity of a global gasoline tightness even as the western hemisphere heads into winter and the seasonal rise in ethylene cracker runs in the east has led to an intensifying competition for naphtha molecules. Asia’s naphtha cracks are barreling to multi-year highs that show no signs of abating.

Oct 21, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Jet Fuel
Asia
Naphtha
refinery
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 20, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Gasoline
Europe
Asia
Naphtha
refinery
petrochemicals

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

Dec 18, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Mideast Gulf
India
Asia
Naphtha
Insight

Asia’s growing naphtha demand has outpaced arbitrage supplies in December, but higher exports from key suppliers should cap further upsides on naphtha cracks.

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.

May 13, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Dec 13, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Nov 27, 2019
Oil & Gas
Europe
Russia
Asia
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Aug 16, 2019
Oil & Gas
Russia
Asia
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Oct 3, 2018
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Naphtha
Tunisia
Jul 17, 2018
Oil & Gas
Europe
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Latin America/South America

Apr 24, 2018
Oil & Gas
Russia
Asia
Tuapse
Black Sea
Naphtha

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