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Asia-bound naphtha from Tuapse up in April

24th April 2018
Naphtha exports from the Russian Black Sea port of Tuapse to Asia-Pacific have firmed in April compared with last month, Vortexa data indicate, pointing to improved west-east arbitrage economics. At least three naphtha-loaded vessels from Tuapse have set off for Asia-Pacific so far in April, according to observed flows. Two more could depart for eastern markets by the end of the month, which would lift eastbound exports to their highest in several months from Tuapse. Demand for west of Sue...

Novorossiysk VGO cargo heads to US

24th April 2018
A vacuum gasoil (VGO) cargo from Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is travelling directly to the US Gulf coast this month, reflecting a shift in regional export dynamics. The medium-range (MR)-sized vessel Red Garnet loaded around 40,000t of VGO from Novorossiysk on 8 April—the only Black-Sea loaded transatlantic VGO voyage noted in April so far, according to Vortexa data. The vessel is currently heading to Houston, Texas and is due to arrive there in the first week of May. Ap...

Fuel oil flows along Rotterdam-Asia route slow

17th April 2018
Fuel oil exports from Rotterdam to the Asia-Pacific region were slower for the second consecutive month in April, compared with firmer outflows in the first two months of the year. At least two VLCC and two Suezmax-sized vessels are expected to load high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) from Rotterdam for onward journey to Asia in April, Vortexa data show, which would be just below March export levels along the same route. The VLCC Olympic Liberty departed for the major bunkering hub of Singapore a...
Greek bitumen heads to west Africa
17th April 2018
A cargo of Greek bitumen recently made a relatively irregular voyage to west Africa, Vortexa data show. The medium-range (MR)-sized Palanca Maputo loaded bitumen from Agioi Theodoroi in Greece towards the end of March... Read more
Baltic clean products head to Venezuela
11th April 2018
Clean petroleum products which loaded in the Baltic region have recently headed to Venezuela for the first time in almost a year, Vortexa data shows. A medium-range (MR)-type tanker is underway to Venezuela, following... Read more
China’s CNPC ships first gasoline cargo to Americas
11th April 2018
A vessel carrying Chinese gasoline is underway in the direction of the Americas, after China's state-run CNPC recently said that it exported its first gasoline cargo to the region. CNPC said last week that its 35,000t... Read more
Uruguay receives Nigerian Qua Iboe crude
11th April 2018
Uruguay has received a shipment of Nigerian light sweet Qua Iboe crude oil this week, in what is its first observed import of this grade in at least several years. Nigeria is the main source of state-owned oil firm An... Read more
Mideast Gulf imports of Chinese clean products rise
28th March 2018
The Mideast Gulf region’s imports of clean petroleum products (CPP) from China are expected to rise in March compared with previous months, according to observed flows from Vortexa. Planned refinery maintenance work... Read more
Bahrain sends more jet fuel westwards in March
28th March 2018
At least three cargoes of clean petroleum product (CPP) were exported from Bahrain to west of Suez destinations in March—slightly higher than in previous months according to observed flows from Vortexa. Bahrain’s ... Read more
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