Big in Japan: A Unique Oil Storage Solution

Unique Oil Storage... Japan has a solution, and it's BIG! It's so big that it's visible by the naked eye from space. Each one can hold over 5.5 Million barrels.
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Published: October 5th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Clandestine Oil Transfers 2.0

This tanker was carrying crude oil as navigated her way south through the Aegean Sea archipelago, avoiding the obstacle course of islands that stand in her way of an open Mediterranean Sea. Once she entered high seas, the vessel disappeared off the map.
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Published: October 5th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Iraq (Southern & KRG), September 2018

The combined total for southern Iraq (Southern region) along with the Kurdistan Regional Government (Northern region) via Ceyhan, Turkey is...
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Published: October 3rd 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Israel and Syria, September 2018

For the month of September, there was .... tanker(s) that arrived to Syria from Kharg Island, Iran. As usual, the import of these barrels were carried out in a clandestine manner.
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Published: October 3rd 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Iran: What A Difference A Few Days Make

This is a snap update on what we're seeing at the Kharg Island export terminal in Iran. We spotted four VLCC supertankers loading crude oil...
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Published: September 27th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Here Are the Iranian Supertankers You Will Not See by AIS

This has been a very educational month for us in terms of Iranian crude oil exports, as every day presents new discoveries in terms of clandestine activity.
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Published: September 24th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

A Year of Statistics Since Kurdistan Held Its Independence Referendum

We have kept track of crude oil exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government of northern Iraq to monitor the impact of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum.
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Published: September 24th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

A Change in Course for US-China Trade Relations?

US, China's ongoing "trade war"...Something to ponder...We won't speculate, but what does this say about the trade talks?
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Published: September 22nd 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

The Reasons for Clandestine Oil Transfers

These past few weeks and months, we've talked about "clandestine transfers" in many posts, so we thought it only reasonable to give a bit more of an explanation as to what this is, how it works, why it is done and what kinds of effects this is having.
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Published: September 20th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Iran Is Becoming a Tricky Track

There are now 45 days to go before the US sanctions on Iran go into full effect. We have already made a great deal of observations during the past year, so here's what we know at this point.
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Published: September 20th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Iran's Sleeper Tanker in Europe Is Awakening

Is Iran back to more of their old tricks? are the Tankers showing their true details or fiddling with the AIS transponders? We all wonder what this tanker will do next!
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Published: September 14th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

A Wild Weekend in Iraq

After so many years of war - it would be a surprise if the oil fields weren't properly secured by government forces as well as private security. Oil is, after all, the single largest lifeline to the nation's economy.
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Published: September 9th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Iran, August 2018 (Incl. Production Calculation)

During the month of August 2018, Iran exported...barrels per day of crude oil and gas condensates. Crude oil accounted for around 91.72% of the total.
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Published: September 3rd 2018. Last updated: October 12th 2018

Israel and Syria, August 2018

Imports were done in a clandestine manner, but not just on import, but also on export out of Iran. They're switching off their AIS transponders on both ends, which is new, but likely tied in with the coming US sanctions.
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Published: September 1st 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Saudi Tanker Busts a New Move

We published an article called "Saudi Vessel Struck Off the Coast of Yemen" moments after finding out that a tanker carrying a Saudi flag was attacked by Houthi rebels from the west coast of Yemen. Sure enough, the oddly distinct maneuver...
Published: August 29th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Iran Is Stepping Up Its Game

There's been quite a bit of discrepancy lately between our data and that of other trackers when it comes to Iranian crude oil exports. Frankly, we're surprised!
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Published: August 24th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

The Hajj Effect on Oil Consumption

Saudi is pumping an astounding amount of water, equivalent to the entire Lake Victoria in eastern Africa. Just imagine how much power is consumed for the Hajj in terms of cooling the crowd, supplying water, lighting, cooking, charging devices, etc.
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Published: August 21st 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Check Out This Oil Rig Parking Lot in Texas (Satellite Imagery Since 2016)

The price of oil crashed during 2015 and as a result, so did the number of deployed US crude oil rigs out in the field. US production rose to 9.6 million barrels per day, mostly driven by the advancements in shale oil.
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Published: August 19th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Something's Definitely Happening in Ceyhan

We highlight the importance of the news section from our tracking of the KRG crude oil exports report for the first 14 days of August 2018, and the current comparison of tanker departures from berth at the port of Ceyhan, Turkey.
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Published: August 17th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022

Desh Vaibhav - VLCC Supertanker That Exploded in the Gulf of Oman

Yesterday on August 14th, 2018, an explosion occurred in one of the oil cargo tanks aboard the Indian flag-bearing VLCC and you can see the gaping hole in the deck of the tanker.
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Published: August 15th 2018. Last updated: May 25th 2022
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