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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.

May 18, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
West Africa
Europe
Angola
Russia
Asia
Middle Distillates
insights

West African crude exports to China continue to decline in May, following multi-year lows in April.

May 5, 2022
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Mideast Gulf
Iran
Russia
Insight
refinery
margins
Covid

As China's crude import appetite slows, crude producers are now competing for a smaller pie. Who will be the winners and losers in this race?

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.

Mar 2, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
West Africa
Diesel
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Med
Iran
Russia
North Sea
Asia
Urals
Freight
Refining

In this insight we examine the pros and cons of some key grades that could see/are seeing a boost in demand as European buyers shy away from Russian crude.

Feb 10, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
West Africa
Europe
Russia
Middle East
OPEC
oil price
Insight
oil supply

In this insight, we will drill into the details of export trends among the most important sweet crude producers for the global market.

Nov 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
West Africa
Asia
oil price
refinery
Natural Gas
oil supply

Asia’s imports of sweet crude oil are on track to rise sharply in November as the region’s refiners pivot buying activity, at least in part, to minimise elevated desulphurisation costs.

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 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 18, 2021
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Crude
China
West Africa
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Russia
Jet Fuel

China issued a third batch of crude import quotas last week, but limited quotas will keep crude imports subdued for the rest of the year, which is further reinforced by a soft domestic demand outlook and limited product export quotas.

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? 

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 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 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.

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.

Sep 24, 2020
Freight
West Africa
Oil & Gas
CPP / Clean
Gasoline
Freight
PADD 1
Insight

An uptick in gasoline loadings from Europe to West Africa since the beginning of September, compared to a calm summer has led to a strengthening of freight rates in the clean tanker market for LR1s.

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.

Feb 13, 2018
Crude
China
West Africa
Oil & Gas

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