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May 19, 2022
Freight
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Insight
insights
Suezmax

In this insight, Vortexa examines the current status-quo for VLCC rates, and provides an outlook of whether the repositioning to the Western hemisphere can prove to be supportive in the months to come.

Apr 27, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
Europe
Russia
VLCC
Aframax
Insight
Sanctions
Suezmax
oil supply
SPR

US crude/condensates exports to Europe are rising in April as the continent pivots further away from Russian supplies. As exports to Europe rise, so too are volumes loaded onto larger tankers, possibly indicating the start of a longer term trend.

Apr 19, 2022
Event Highlights
Fuel Oil
Crude
China
Diesel
Russia
STS
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Event News
LNG

On the 19th April, Vortexa's Market Analysis team came together to discuss oil & gas market dynamics in an environment of unseen uncertainty.

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.

Apr 12, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Diesel
India
Europe
Baltic
Russia
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
refinery
Suezmax
oil supply

In this insight we examine the diverging trends in the flows of Russia's flagship crude grade Urals, when loaded in the Baltics versus Black Sea.

Mar 31, 2022
Freight
WAF
Baltic
Russia
Asia
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
PADD 3
Insight
Suezmax
East of Suez

In this insight we revisit Suezmax performance versus competing vessel classes at key regions in the aftermath of the Russian invasion.

Mar 24, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Europe
Russia
Asia
Urals
STS
VLCC
Aframax
Insight
Sanctions
Ukraine

Russian crude exports from the Baltic and Black Sea are now showing a clear redirection away from Europe. In this insight we explore the magnitude of this shift and where these crude cargoes are heading to instead.

Mar 10, 2022
Oil and Gas
Crude
China
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
oil price
Insight
refinery
oil supply
oil demand
inventories

As the US and UK join a growing list of trading and refining companies in abandoning Russian oil barrels this week, the repercussions of an increasingly starved global oil market will deal a hard blow on Asia's economy.

Mar 9, 2022
Freight
Crude
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
oil price
Insight
Suezmax
oil supply
oil demand

Following the recent news of sanction placements as well as the oil and freight price behaviour over the past few days, we give a brief update on the fate of crude tanker markets, which looks ominous for shipowners. 

Mar 3, 2022
Freight
US
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Europe
Russia
North Sea
Asia
Urals
Black Sea
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
LR1

In the face of mounting challenges to trade oil from Russia, Vortexa conducts a scenario analysis to evaluate how a change in the flow landscape could impact Crude & CPP tanker demand.

Feb 17, 2022
US
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Event News

From the 26-28 January, Vortexa partnered with Argus to present at the Argus Crude Live online conference, alongside industry leaders.

Jan 20, 2022
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez
Deliveries

Vortexa will make a recap of the key takeaways of crude tanker CPP voyages, while giving a view of whether this trend is sustainable in 2022.

Jan 6, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Export
Crude
Libya
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Russia
Middle East
VLCC
OPEC
Ecuador

Global crude exports ended 2021 on a high, driven by higher volumes from key OPEC Middle East producers, the US and Russia.

Dec 15, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Event News
refined products

In this special webinar, Vortexa’s Market Analysis team came together to analyse where the global markets stand in the road to recovery and what challenges, opportunities and risks are waiting around the corner in 2022.

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 20, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Event News
refined products

As global market volatility continues to rock America and beyond, Vortexa’s Chief Economist David Wech and Senior Market Analyst Pamela Munger shared their expert insights on Crude and Clean Product supply and demand market dynamics and how to effectively manoeuvre operations to stride ahead of competitors.

Oct 14, 2021
Freight
Fuel For Thought
Fuel Oil
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Scrubbers
Insight
Tankers

Scrubber installations have shaped the employability and demand of VLCC tankers in a globally depressed crude freight market in 2021.

Oct 8, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Event News
refined products

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.

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.

Oct 5, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Europe
North Sea
Asia
VLCC
Floating Storage
Johan Sverdrup

Puzzling trends are emerging in the North Sea crude market with Forties cargoes increasingly seen offshore UK, yet at the same time Johan Svedrup flows to Asia are poised to rise.

Sep 23, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
West Africa
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez
Freight Rates
Decarbonisation

Having one eye set to analytical insights and the other on industry events, Vortexa provides a brief outlook on the shipping industry’s future. It seems that the tanker sector will need to surf high and wild waves, both in the short and the long term.

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. 

Sep 22, 2021
Event News
Webinar
Crude
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Event News
refined products

In this webinar, Vortexa’s Senior Freight Analyst Arthur Richier and Freight Analyst Ioannis Papadimitriou deep-dive into whether optimism for recovery is well-placed, or if market fundamentals are likely to falter and the carefully stacked house of cards is likely to topple. 

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 8, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
West Africa
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez

West African crude exports fell to a record low in August, underlying the acceleration of a structural decline that can be traced back to back to early 2020.

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 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.

Jul 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
China
Oil & Gas
Australia
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
South Korea
Insight

Asia’s diesel/gasoil exporters are facing growing headwinds in moving barrels to the West. Despite the challenges, Asia's diesel/gasoil balances have been moderated by three key drivers – China’s slowing exports, robust regional demand and newbuild VLCC arbitrage – maintaining regional cracks stable.

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 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.

Jul 1, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
VLCC
Freight
Aframax
Insight
Tankers
MR tankers
Suezmax
Freight Rates

Vortexa summarises the trends and dynamics that prevailed in the crude and product tanker market throughout Q2 2021

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?

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 17, 2021
Freight
Crude
India
Asia
VLCC
Insight
refinery
Suezmax

Vortexa data shows at least 12mn bbl of crude has been delayed in discharging into key ports along India’s west coast, following the arrival of Cyclone Tauktae.

May 12, 2021
Freight
UK
LR2
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Gasoil
VLCC
Insight
Suezmax

An ailing crude market has driven charterers to employ newbuild crude tankers for East-to-West of Suez CPP cargo transits, adversely impacting LR2 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.

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 4, 2021
Freight
Crude
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Insight
Vessel Availability
Vessel Utilisation
Johan Sverdrup
Norway

The VLCC market share of Johan Sverdrup volumes continues to increase at the expense of Aframax and Suezmax tanker segments, highlighting the demand for longer-haul routes.

Jan 28, 2021
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
Europe
Russia
Asia
VLCC
Insight

ARA region's fuel oil exports have surged amid an influx of Baltic supplies, but limited arbitrage opportunities are proving to be a headwind for the market.

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.

Sep 16, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Europe
Asia
Gasoil
VLCC
Insight

A second wave of diesel floating storage is now underway, as expectations grow for a further build.

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 29, 2020
Freight
VLCC
Freight
Insight

Diesel and jet fuel loadings onto newbuild VLCCs have hit a year-to-date peak in July. Rising cargo volumes aboard VLCCs reinforce the view that east of Suez traders recently become increasingly keen on loading cargoes for longer haul journeys, potentially for floating storage.

Mar 30, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Jet Fuel
VLCC
Freight
Feb 27, 2020
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
Jan 16, 2020
Crude
VLCC
Freight
Nov 13, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Mediterranean
Freight
Jul 11, 2019
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Apr 11, 2019
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Europe
Asia
Americas
VLCC
Freight
Mar 14, 2019
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
Jan 11, 2019
Fuel Oil
Oil & Gas
ARA
VLCC
DPP
Sep 17, 2018
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
Jul 26, 2018
Oil & Gas
VLCC
Freight
Insight

Jun 19, 2018
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Med
STS
VLCC

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