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.

  • 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...

  • Indonesian Nickel Ore

    In January 2014, Indonesia passed a law banning the export of an unprocessed nickel ore and bauxite. The law requires local mining companies to build smelters in order to add value and gain more income from exporting their minerals. The Ministry of Mines and Energy of Indonesia has proposed a three-year exemption from the ban until 2017 with the condition that producers would make a commitment to build domestic smelters.

  • Japanese LNG imports, 2011 - 2014

    The graph represents a comparison of JODI Gas Data and c-Flow® data for LNG imports to Japan, between 2011 and 2014. To produce this graph we used the data for imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through ocean tankers available from  JODI, and compared it against c-Flow® data based on vessel's CuM capacity and Japanese LNG Port History. Both lines correlate quite closely and follow the same trend.

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