Commodity Flow

Commodity Flow is a consultancy which specialises in implementing AIS vessel and ship analytics solutions for trading and shipping companies around the world.

We deliver rapid, risk-free in-house AIS systems, or offer hosted AIS services in partnership with some of the biggest companies in the world. Our team has huge experience of delivering systems in trading or logistics environments; specialising particularly in oil, LNG, gas, iron ore and coal.  We integrate with major AIS vendors such as IHS Fairplay, Vessel Tracker and SpaceQuest.

  • African Oil exports weakening in February

    Commodity Flow has seen a steady drop in recent crude oil exports from leading African oil producers, Nigeria and Angola. February exports from the oil majors fell by 17% and 13% respectively in comparison to January; Nigeria has exported 1935 Mbbl/day and Angola – 1449 Mbbl/day. The decline in export volume continues into March particularly for Nigeria although Commodity Flow expects exports to recover slightly in April, according to provisional data.

  • Increased congestion at Al Basrah terminal in attempt to recover February exports

    As of today, March 26th, there are 16 VLCC and 8 Suezmax size vessels, a total of 24 tankers, queueing outside of the Al Basrah Oil Terminal. The terminal has seen 48 tankers loading so far this month; 43 have since sailed and 5 are currently moored at loading berths and SPMs. On average, waiting times have hovered around 10 days through March with the maximum waiting time being 18 days.

  • cFlow as a trend forecasting tool

       cFlow® data can be used to confidently forecast monthly LNG import trends and volumes. In this historic 2011 example graph, cFlow® data (black) is compared against figures published by the JODI (blue) for United States LNG imports. In all  months, the official  JODI trend is accurately matched by cFlow®.

  • Argentinian LNG imports deepen in November

    The graphs below represent the comparison of cFlow® data against JODI figures between 2011 and 2014. From the graphs it is clear that our historical figures are consistent with the official numbers thus we believe that estimates for LNG volumes for the month ahead can be reliable. The cFlow® forecast is generated based on real-time port callings and is up to two months ahead of JODI/IEA published numbers South Korea   The graph for South Korea LNG imports shows quite defined seasonality, wi...

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