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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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