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Rebecca Salsbury, Oil Market Analyst

FOFT: Pakistan State Oil Importing HSFO for Seasonal Needs 05/01/2019 | By Rebecca Salsbury

State-owned Pakistan State Oil (PSO) returned to the international market for its supply of high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) as demand for fuel oil in power generation is expected to exceed refinery production and inventory during the country’s peak summer season.

FOFT: Stone Oil to Blend Ratable, Compatible and Stable 0.5%S Marine Fuel Oil | By Rebecca Salsbury

Louisiana-based John W. Stone Oil Distributor, a major marine fuel blender and distributor in the Gulf of Mexico region, has been looking to blend IMO 2020 compliant 0.5%S low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) with desired quality in terms of ratability, compatibility and stability.

FOFT: In the Markets: Cargill Prepares a Portfolio Approach to IMO 2020 | By Rebecca Salsbury

After 18 months of rigorous preparation, testing and onboard trials, Cargill has decided to focus on the procurement of high quality 0.5%S very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) for its chartered fleet to comply with IMO 2020 regulations.

FOFT: PKN Orlen to Export High Sulfur Fuel Oil to Saudi Arabia under a Term-Deal 04/29/2019 | By Rebecca Salsbury

Polish refiner PKN Orlen will export high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) from its Mazeikiai refinery in Lithuania to Saudi Arabia from May-October under a term contract.

Vesta Terminal Tallinn Expecting IMO 2020 to Drive up its Fuel Oil Storage Occupancy | By Rebecca Salsbury

Vesta Terminals B.V. has seen lower demand for its fuel oil storage in Tallinn, Estonia, but expects this situation to change as the effective date of IMO 2020 regulations approaches.

Josh Lowell, Oil Market Analyst

Global Distillates Report: An Economic Audi-ble 05/31/2019 | By Josh Lowell

On June 4th, the German KBA Motor Transport Authority published data showing a build in new passenger car registrations in May. Included in this growth was a month-on-month 16.2 percent increase in diesel-engine car registrations. Registration of gasoline-powered passenger cars were up 0.7 percent, while electric cars and hybrids increased 32.6 percent and 87.5 percent, […]

Global Distillates Report: Week in Review | By Josh Lowell

US exports of middle distillate finished May at a rate of 1.36 million barrels per day, the quickest pace since January. At 1.2mn bpd, exports from the US Gulf Coast in May were above the 1.03mn bpd average for exports from January to April. Exports from the west coast of India dropped to 526,000 bpd […]

FOFT: A Look at the Future of PREPA 05/14/2019 | By Josh Lowell

This issue’s “In Perspective” looks at Puerto Rico’s generation infrastructure and oil burns in the wake of the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Maria.

Global Distillates: Contamination Woes 05/09/2019 | By Josh Lowell

Distillates Russian oil exports along the Druzhba pipeline stopped in April after contaminated crude had entered the stream. Reportedly contaminated in the Volga region of Samara, the crude contained traces of organic chloride, a compound used to increase oil production.

Beyond 2020: Gasoline Markets Enjoy Reprieve, but Is It Temporary? 05/01/2019 | By Josh Lowell

Gasoline markets in the US, Europe and Asia are enjoying a seasonal boom this quarter, but the return to profitability may be short-lived.

Samantha Zhang, Senior Market Data Analyst

U.S. Import Week: Start of Summer Strength 05/17/2019 | By Samantha Zhang

Billed deliveries into the US Atlantic Coast came in at 853,000 barrels per day for the week ending May 17. Total arrivals – including billed and unbilled volume – reached a nine-month high at 943,000 bpd, 252,000 bpd higher than the five-year average for this time of the year.

U.S. Import Week: Strength Continued 05/10/2019 | By Samantha Zhang

Billed imports of gasoline and blending components into the US East Coast came in at 766,000 barrels per day for the week ending May 10. But our calculation of 856,000 bpd in total arrivals is 90,000 bpd higher than the volume reported to Customs and 150,000 bpd higher than the five-year average for this time […]

US Gasoline Import: CBOB Lifting 05/07/2019 | By Samantha Zhang

Billed imports of gasoline and blending components into the US East Coast came in at 735,000 barrels per day for the week ending May 3, whereas total arrivals – including billed and unbilled volume – appear to be 815,000 bpd, a six-week high and in line with the five-year average for this time of the year.

US Gasoline Import: DIVERTED AWAY 04/30/2019 | By Samantha Zhang

April deliveries of gasoline and blending components into the US East Coast climbed to a seven-month high at 610,000 barrels per day, about 62,000 bpd lower than the five-year average for this time of year.

US Gasoline Import: Unusual Flows 04/23/2019 | By Samantha Zhang

Billed imports of gasoline and blending components into the US East Coast jumped to a three-month high in the week ending April 12, coming in at 717,000 barrels per day, 250,000 bpd higher than the previous week and 110,000 bpd higher than the five-year average for the time of year. In part because the transatlantic spread reached a 2018 high earlier

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Troy Vincent, Oil Market Analyst

LPG Ballast Report: Week in Review 06/07/2019 | By Troy Vincent

Arab Gulf loadings should decrease as the number of arrivals next week decreases to nearly half of this week’s total. There are 12 VLGCs heading to the Gulf, including seven going to Fujairah and three to Ras Laffan. The Gaz Supplier and Gas Orpheus signaled for those ports, but both shut off their AIS a […]

China Crude Oil Week: Signs of Weakness 06/03/2019 | By Troy Vincent

Chinese crude imports tumbled lower in the second half of May, pulling the monthly average down to 8.6 million barrels per day.

Global Gasoline Report: Global Overflow 05/31/2019 | By Troy Vincent

Global exports of gasoline and components surged to new record highs in May despite a host of planned and unplanned refinery outages. Export strength was widespread across the globe, with rising volumes from both large suppliers like the Arab Gulf and Southeast Asia, as well as from Latin and Central America.

China Crude Oil Week: Stepping Up 05/28/2019 | By Troy Vincent

Chinese crude oil imports have slowed markedly from their break-neck pace at the start of the month as we have progressed through May. Imports are now down 400,000 barrels per day from April’s record-strong pace of 9.3mn bpd, but remain 636,000 bpd above year-ago levels.

Global Gasoline: European Refinery Disruptions 05/24/2019 | By Troy Vincent

Belarusian refiner Belneftekhim detected elevated levels of organic chlorides in crude shipments coming from Russia’s Druzhba pipeline, which carries around 1 million barrels per day westward into European markets

Karim Bastati, Oil Market Analyst

USAC Balance: Week in Review 06/05/2019 | By Karim Bastati

ClipperData expects the EIA to report total gasoline imports into PADD 1 of 560,000 barrels per day for the week ending June 7, with a high end of 610,000 bpd and a low end of 504,000 bpd.

USAC Balance: Demand Concerns | By Karim Bastati

On Wednesday, the EIA reported a 1.89-million-barrel build to gasoline stocks on the US Atlantic Coast, bringing them to 65.11mn bbls. This came as East Coast refinery runs finally caught up with year-ago levels. After trailing behind for most of the year – by 7 percent on average – utilization and crude oil inputs increased […]

Global Crude: Tariff Taunt 05/31/2019 | By Karim Bastati

Invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, US President Trump in a May 30 statement threatened to institute tariffs by June 10 on all goods imported from Mexico. If implemented, tariffs could have serious ramifications on the US refining sector, for which Mexico is the third largest foreign supplier of crude oil after Canada and […]

Global Crude: Week in Review | By Karim Bastati

Global crude loadings in May rose 1.1mn bpd, or 2.3 percent, from April levels, bringing loadings to their strongest pace since June 2018. Loadings of Russian crude led global volumes higher, rising 339,000 bpd, while loadings of Central and Southeast Asian crude also surged.

Domestic East: Panama Pull 05/06/2019 | By Karim Bastati

With refineries in the US Gulf geared towards processing heavy crude, over half of the 2.37 million barrels per day of crude oil imported in the US Gulf last year consisted of heavy grades.

Dan Graeber, Chief Editor

The Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring Report 06/17/2019 | By Dan Graeber

Welcome to The GERM Report by Dan Graeber, a commentary on the intersection between geopolitical events and the price of oil. GERM stands for Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring. Our indicator is based on the expected price volatility by the end of the current trading week. Risk level: Orange RED: Severe (+/- 4%) ORANGE: High (+/- […]

The Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring Report 06/10/2019 | By Dan Graeber

Welcome to The GERM Report by Dan Graeber, a commentary on the intersection between geopolitical events and the price of oil. GERM stands for Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring. Our indicator is based on the expected price volatility by the end of the current trading week. Risk level: Orange RED: Severe (+/- 4%) ORANGE: High (+/- 2%) YELLOW: Elevated […]

The Geopolitical Risk and Energy Monitoring Report 06/03/2019 | By Dan Graeber

Welcome to The GERM Report by Dan Graeber, a commentary on the intersection between geopolitical events and the price of oil. GERM stands for Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring. Our indicator is based on the expected price volatility by the end of the current trading week.

The Geopolitical Risk and Energy Monitoring Report 05/28/2019 | By Dan Graeber

A true pilot is needed to guide any inherently volatile system.

The Geopolitical Energy and Risk Monitoring Report 05/20/2019 | By Dan Graeber

A perfect storm of talk of war and a tightening market drove crude oil prices higher last week.


Hard Data

In the world of waterborne energy trading, it’s all about the hard data

These days just about anyone can track a tanker on a map. You can do that for free.

Some of us go further, and apply state-of-the-art predictive algorithms to deduce the tanker’s destination and ETA. And depending on the size of the tanker and where it loaded you can guess at the grade of the cargo.

But that’s all based on what is known in the business as soft data. It’s based on interpretation and conjecture. And let’s face it, no matter how ingenious your algorithms may be, their output is going to suffer if you’re feeding them ambiguities and contradictions.

The solution is to apply a hard-data overlay to your soft-data baseline. Hard data comes from the people who load or discharge the tanker, or are otherwise responsible for the molecules onboard. There is no guesswork involved. Hard data is based on hard facts.

In the US, ClipperData receives bills of lading from the US Customs and Border Protection agency in near real-time. We have been receiving export bills since 2014, and import bills going all the way back to 2009. So if a tanker touches US shores, ClipperData can tell you the exact grades and quantities that make up that cargo. Outside the US, ClipperData relies on agent reports and local sources to build our hard-data overlay.


In 2018, our algorithms matched hard-data sources to 45 percent of refined products movements and more than 50 percent of crude oil movements worldwide. In some particularly difficult-to-disentangle regions, our hard-data source match rates are above 90 percent.

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Wondering if that clean cargo from ARA is gasoline or gasoil? If that Iraqi crude cargo is Basrah Heavy or Basrah Light?
Only ClipperData can tell you that.

In 2018 the Russian port of Ust-Luga loaded cargoes of gasoil, jet fuel, naphtha, and gasoline, but one of those grades accounted for 82% of total volume.
Only ClipperData can tell you which one.

In 2018 India decreased its year-on-year imports of one Basrah grade by a few percent, but increased imports of the other grade by over 40%.
Only ClipperData can tell you which is which.

In early 2018 the VLCC Karan loaded offshore Galveston via ship-to-ship transfer from four Aframaxes. If you were relying on soft data, all you knew was that the originating tankers loaded twice from Corpus Christi, once from Beaumont, and once from Freeport. So that’s about 1m bbls of Eagle Ford, 500k bbls of US crude, and 500k bbls of either US or Canadian crude (the Freeport loading was from the Seaway Terminal, which loads Canadian crude as well as US crude).

Thanks to its hard-data sources, ClipperData knew that part of the Eagle Ford loading was actually condensate, and that the rest of the barrels were a combination of Bakken and DJ Common – no Canadian barrels there. We also knew the exact quantities, and the shippers who had combined to build the cargo: Mercuria, Total, Statoil (now Equinor), and Trafigura.

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Trusted by the Top Ten

ClipperData invented this space – previously handled by in-house teams of analysts at the houses that trade energy. With a five-year head start on our competitors, we have spent more time testing, refining and perfecting our craft.

We took a bet on the value of hard data in an ever-complex, ever-changing trading environment, and we locked up the best-of-breed providers of that insight. We use that hard-data overlay every day, to teach our models, to re-examine history, and to override standard assumptions.

All oil supermajors and super merchant traders rely on ClipperData

It’s no coincidence that you don’t see these heavy hitters jumping at the latest new whiz-bang screen being offered at half-price in the marketplace. They know what it takes to do the hard yards on the hard data and grind out results that correlate with reality.  And they know it can’t be done for half the price.

So if you want to see what the big guys are seeing, you need to look at Clipper. Because everything else is just a shiny new toy.


ClipperData’s best-in-class cargo map tracks real-time vessel movements across the globe.

Users can view a vessel’s status, type and class, AIS position details, and learn its likely destination and ETA. ClipperData customers can also view detailed cargo data, including hard-data breakdowns of grade and volume.

New features include real-time and historical weather patterns, zone entry and exit alerts, emission control areas, and animated voyage replays.

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