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Sep 23, 2021
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
refined products
refinery

Vortexa provides an assessment of the impacts of hurricanes Ida and Nicholas on PADD 3 product and crude flows. Crude imports appear to be in for the greatest impacts. 

Aug 19, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Europe
Non-OPEC
OPEC
refinery
East of Suez

The WTI market is set for structural weakness as rising West of Suez demand is more than offset by drastic policy changes in China and rising Middle Eastern supplies.

Aug 16, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Mideast Gulf
LPG
Propane

Hurdles increase for LPG exports from the US while supplies from the Middle East have yet to reach fruition.

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 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.

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 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 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?

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 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 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 15, 2021
OIl & Gas
US
Crude
China
India
Med
Latin America/South America
Freight
refinery

Vortexa outlines how global crude imports show a slow recovery for refiners.

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
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 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 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
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Infographic
LPG
PADD 3

Which Texas clean product export terminals were impacted the most during the freeze? Our infographic details the terminals with the largest weekly export volatility and who is recovering the quickest.

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.

Feb 2, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
Infographic
APAC
biodiesel
biofuels

Which regions will see the largest growth in new renewable diesel capacity additions in 2021? Our infographic details the top importing and exporting regions for biodiesel and feedstocks.

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.

Jan 20, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Asia
Freight
Insight
LNG
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation

The recent bonanza of exports enjoyed by LNG producers such as the US, fuelled by a demand crunch in Asia, has rippled through freight markets for LNG carriers.

Jan 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Asia
Insight
LNG

US LNG producers are enjoying what is expected to be a short-lived bonanza as the confluence of depressed international liftings and colder than normal weather in Asia Pacific has recently boosted prices and arbs across gas markets.

Jan 14, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
Caribbean
Freight
Insight

Several gasoline and diesel cargoes have diverted away from the US East coast hub of New York Harbor so far this month, suggesting a current surplus in PADD 1 that could prompt prices to recede.

Jan 13, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Fuel Oil
Russia
VGO
DPP / Dirty
DPP
Insight

Fuel oil and dirty feedstocks exports (DPP) to the US from the FSU region are on track to fall sharply in January, preliminary Vortexa data show.

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.

Dec 16, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Libya
OPEC
Insight

A cargo of Libyan crude is heading to PADD 5 for the first time in almost a year.

Dec 9, 2020
Event News
US
Venezuela
Oil & Gas
Freight
Event News
Sanctions

On 9th December, expert analysts from Vortexa, Windward and C4ADS came together to discuss the impact of trade sanctions on oil and shipping markets. Watch the webinar on demand!

Nov 17, 2020
Infographic
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Infographic
PADD 3
Insight

Discover the key benefits of Vortexa's new net flows screen with an Infographic on US Gulf coast crude flows.

Nov 16, 2020
Event News
Webinar
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Iran
OPEC
Event News

On 16th November, our Americas Analyst and Product Specialist team reviewed what the potential impact of the incoming Biden administration and 117th Congress will have on the global oil markets. 

Oct 15, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Jet Fuel
South Korea
PADD 5
Alaska

We examine how Alaska’s jet fuel market has run against the wider global trend of persistently weak demand.

Sep 10, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Insight
LNG

The effects of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall on the US Gulf coast on 27 August, continue to be felt in the flows of energy commodities out of facilities in or near the path of the storm.

Sep 9, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Asia
Freight
PADD 3
Insight

US crude loadings to China are en course to reach a 4-month high in September, as more bookings emerge along the route for October.

Sep 4, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Jet Fuel
Asia
Floating Storage
PADD 3
Insight

How is clean products floating storage faring globally, and what regional dynamics can we see?

Sep 3, 2020
Freight
US
Oil & Gas
Freight
PADD 3
Insight

In the wake of Hurricane Laura, we look at the impact of on vessel availability in the clean and dirty fleet segments in the US Gulf coast.

Aug 28, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
PADD 1
Insight

Reduced gasoline imports and lower local refinery production have led to a large deficit in the total volume of gasoline supplied to PADD 1 during the driving season this year vs. 2019.

Aug 27, 2020
Event News
Event
Webinar
US
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Floating Storage

On 27 August, our US Analyst & Specialist team looked into the trends of the gasoline market in the US, the market reaction to the pandemic, and what recovery we can see coming in the second half of 2020.

Aug 26, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Infographic
Insight

US crude exports fell slightly month-on-month in August, but are still up 20% from last year.

Aug 13, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
South Korea
Insight

South Korea’s jet fuel exports to the US West Coast (PADD 5) rose to 115,000 b/d in July, the highest in at least four years, according to Vortexa data. This follows improved arbitrage economics after an uptick in PADD 5 jet fuel prices and falling clean tanker rates in June.

Aug 6, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Insight

Gasoline and blending component exports from northwest Europe and the Mediterranean rose on the month to 1.24mn b/d in July, the highest monthly total since March. This underlines rising refinery runs from European refiners amid stronger regional demand.

Jul 14, 2020
Oil & Gas
Event
Fuel For Thought
Webinar
US
China
Oil & Gas
Americas

On 14 July 2020, we held a webinar discussing the dynamics of US crude exports to China and what predictions we can make from the data. Watch on demand now.

Jul 2, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
China
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
Corpus Christi

Crude exports from the US port of Corpus Christi have dominated Houston's exports in the past ten months on the back of increased connectivity to the Permian and Eagle Ford basins.

Jul 1, 2020
Market Report
US
Venezuela
Oil & Gas
Market Report

This Insight report examines a high risk scenario for freight tonnage if US sanctions for PDVSA were to be extended to tankers involved in Venezuelan movements in the past two years.

Jul 1, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Americas
DPP / Dirty
Latin America/South America
Panama

The share of US marine fuels arriving into the global bunkering and storage hub Panama rose sharply in the first half of this year, following the shift to IMO-compliant marine fuels. This displaced previously dominant high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) from South America, as we highlight in this article.

Jun 23, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Asia
Americas
LPG

The share of US LPG exports heading to Asia rose in the first half of the year, offsetting a drop in transatlantic flows. Looking ahead, the momentum of US exports to China in particular will hinge upon the competitiveness against rival Middle East producers. 

Jun 11, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Texas
Americas
May 27, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
May 20, 2020
Blog Migrations
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
May 19, 2020
Fuel For Thought
Webinar
US
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
Video
May 15, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
May 13, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
May 13, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
May 1, 2020
Video
Fuel For Thought
Webinar
US
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
Americas
PADD 3
Event News

Apr 30, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
Floating Storage
Apr 28, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
PADD 5
Apr 28, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
VGO
Americas
Apr 23, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Apr 8, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
OPEC
Mar 25, 2020
Blog Migrations
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Feb 5, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
Corpus Christi
Jan 30, 2020
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Asia
South Korea
Dec 13, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Asia
Americas
Naphtha
DPP / Dirty
Dec 2, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Americas
DPP / Dirty
Nov 22, 2019
Market Report
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
PADD 1
Market Report

Diesel imports into the US Atlantic Coast (PADD 1) are on track to surpass 900,000 mt in November, according to preliminary data by Vortexa.

Nov 7, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Americas
Latin America/South America
Colombia
Nov 5, 2019
US
Fuel Oil
Middle East
Americas
DPP / Dirty
Jordan
Oct 30, 2019
Market Report
US
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
DPP / Dirty
Market Report

As the deadline for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap draws near, high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) prices have fallen sharply and opened up arbitrage opportunities for US Gulf coast (PADD3) refiners to import fuel oil from Russia at record highs.

Oct 2, 2019
Market Report
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Russia
Market Report

Expected higher imports of Russian and US crude into Asia this month are set to provide a cushion against short-term disruption to Saudi Arabia’s light crude supply.

Aug 30, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
Middle East
Americas
Freight
VLSFO
Fujairah
Jun 5, 2019
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
Alaska
May 7, 2019
Oil & Gas
US
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
PADD 5
Insight

Apr 18, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Asia
Americas
South Korea
Apr 11, 2019
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Europe
Asia
Americas
VLCC
Freight
Mar 22, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Americas
Jan 31, 2019
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
Dec 4, 2018
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Chile
Sep 20, 2018
US
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Brazil
Jun 14, 2018
US
Oil & Gas
Europe
Gasoil
Apr 24, 2018
US
Oil & Gas
Russia
VGO
Novorossiysk
Apr 11, 2018
US
China
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
CNPC
Americas
Mar 16, 2018
US
Import
Oil & Gas
VGO
Caribbean
Transatlantic
Mar 16, 2018
US
Oil & Gas
Texas
Jet Fuel
ARA
Houston
Feb 28, 2018
US
Export
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
UAE
Feb 16, 2018
US
Import
Crude
Oil & Gas
Poland

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