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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 in late August. Imports of diesel (including gasoil) from the US, the country’s main supplier, could reach around 800,000t in September, up from as much as around 500,000t in August, preliminary flow data from Vortexa indicate. Observed data show that three long-range (LR...

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 Vortexa to have loaded clean products on a maiden voyage this year. The tanker began loading diesel—around 60,000t—from the Pulau Busing Tankstore terminal in Singapore on 24 August. It was then observed conducting ship-to-ship (STS) transfers in the region with five medium ...
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
Primorsk-loaded ULSD flow to New York rises
2nd August 2018
Three diesel-laden long-range (LR) tankers that departed from the Russian Baltic port of Primorsk set sail for New York Harbor in May and July, as higher supply in northwest Europe opened short-term opportunities to send... Read more
New Vietnam refinery boosts Kuwaiti crude imports
27th July 2018
Kuwaiti crude exports to Vietnam’s new Nghi Son refinery have been on the rise since the second quarter, reflecting start-up activity at the complex. The latest departures comprise two VLCCs of medium sour Kuwait Ex... Read more
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