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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.

Dec 14, 2021
Freight
US
LR2
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Europe
Russia
Middle East
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Aframax
Tankers
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

In last year’s freight forecast Vortexa described 2020 as one of the most volatile years on record. 2021 saw a more tepid year, with freight rates overall languishing at their lowest levels in years. Vortexa forecasts what 2022 has in store for freight markets.

Nov 25, 2021
Freight
LR2
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Transatlantic
Middle East
Freight
MR tankers
LR1
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

Vortexa analyses the freight rate development of 4 vital CPP routes and investigates how the cross-vessel class dynamics could drive a domino effect on fleet repositioning.

Nov 11, 2021
Freight
Crude
DPP / Dirty
Freight
OPEC
Vessel Utilisation
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

A rally in rates throughout the month of October was logically followed by an increase in laden crude tankers as seen through Vortexa data. With the physical reality of low tonne-miles settling in however, it remains to be seen whether that rally still has fuel to run on.

Oct 7, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
CPP / Clean
Europe
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
Tonne-miles

As the world tries to shake off the pandemic, Vortexa looks at top-level tanker demand trends to understand how the Crude and CPP markets have fared compared to the pre-covid period, the previous quarter and what is in store for the future.

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 11, 2021
Freight
Import
Crude
China
India
VLCC
Freight
Far East
Tonne-miles
SE Asia

China’s contribution to crude tonne-miles has dwindled year-to-date according to Vortexa freight data as the country continues to decrease crude imports. Other nations have stepped in to fill the void as our data shows.

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 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 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?

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?

Apr 29, 2021
OIl & Gas
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
DPP / Dirty
Freight
Tankers
Tonne-miles

Claims from top trading houses and research analysts that oil demand is set for a roaring comeback as soon as this summer has divided market experts. Vortexa weighs in.

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