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Analysis: Primorsk diesel exports to Germany rise

31st October 2018
Diesel exports to Germany from the Russian Baltic port of Primorsk climbed to a multi-year high in October, amid restricted inland barge movements caused by lower Rhine river levels. An estimated 155,000 b/d of diesel was observed departing Primorsk for German ports in October, the highest observed by Vortexa since November 2015 and up from 115,000 b/d in September. Germany’s increased appetite for diesel from Primorsk — the largest exporter of diesel to northwest Europe — comes at a...

Analysis: Med crude flows to China rise

31st October 2018
Crude shipments to China from the Mediterranean and Black Sea region rose sharply in the past two months, Vortexa data show, reflecting a more economically viable eastbound arbitrage. October-loaded exports to China from the region stood around 420,000 b/d on a preliminary basis and included grades that less regularly travel there, such as light sweet Azeri BTC Blend and light sour Caspian CPC Blend. October rates held firm from the multi-year high level of around 450,000 b/d observed in ...

Tunisian naphtha cargo heads east

3rd October 2018
A cargo of Tunisian naphtha is due to arrive in Asia this week, in what is a rarer journey for the product originating from the North African country. The  naphtha-laden long-range (LR2) tanker STI Goal, which is now on its way to Asia, loaded part of its total naphtha volume via ship-to-ship (STS) transfer from the medium-range (MR) tanker Gea on 9 September. The latter tanker loaded around 20,000t of naphtha from Tunisia’s Bizerte port in late August, Vortexa data show. The STI Goa...
Analysis: US to Brazil diesel flows rise
20th September 2018
Brazil’s diesel imports from the US are on track to reach multi-month highs in September, amid a recent decline in available domestic refining capacity following an unplanned outage at the country’s largest refinery ... Read more
Diesel-laden VLCC embarks on maiden voyage
17th September 2018
The new-build VLCC tanker DHT Bronco has departed on its maiden voyage, having finished loading middle distillates from the Asia-Pacific region in early September. The tanker is the sixth new-build VLCC observed by Vo... Read more
Angola’s Kaombo project exports first cargo
31st August 2018
Angola has exported its­ first crude cargo from the deep offshore Kaombo project which came on stream in July. Observed flows show that the Suezmax tanker Minerva Evropi loaded from the development last week. The tan... Read more
Analysis: Azeri BTC Blend flows to Asia rise in August
31st August 2018
Asia-bound exports of Azeri BTC Blend crude that load from the Turkish port of Ceyhan rose sharply in August compared with the prior month, with shipments heading to a range of buyers in the region. The share of light... Read more
East Canadian crude heads to Croatian port
21st August 2018
An Aframax tanker loaded with crude oil from the Whiffen Head terminal in eastern Canada is currently signalling its destination as Croatia’s Adriatic port of Omisalj. The delivery would further diversify Canada’... Read more
UAE diversifies condensate imports
8th August 2018
The Dubai government-owned Emirates National Oil Company’s (Enoc) Jebel Ali refinery looks set to further diversify its slate of condensate in August after drawing in cargoes from more unusual sources in recent weeks o... Read more
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