US-China Trade Talks Set Aside For More Oil?

It's been several months since US crude oil has been shipped directly to China on account of the ongoing trade talks/war. Let's have a fresh new look at the radar, shall we?
Published: November 28th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Satellite Visual Overview of Iran's Tanker Fleet Currently In Iran (2018-11-27)

Using day-fresh satellite imagery, we are able to spot the tankers and VLCC supertankers currently parked in Iran's waters. Most of these vessels are no longer broadcasting their positions via AIS (Automatic Identification System).
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Published: November 27th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Non-Iranian Tanker Off To Pick Up Oil In Iran (Updated 2018-11-24)

Waivers have been issued by the US to eight countries, allowing them to import oil from Iran. So far, we have for the most part seen Iranian tankers ship off the oil (albeit cloaked), but this is the first time we see a foreign tanker signal Iran as its destination.
Published: November 23rd 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Showtime In Singapore

The National Iranian Tanker Company has successfully managed to outsmart trackers worldwide, but there are limits to how far they can keep their vessels offline.
Published: November 19th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

A Rejected Iranian Tanker?

A tanker belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) departed Iran with a million barrels earlier this month, and seems to have done a u-turn.
Published: November 19th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

How Much Oil Is Iraq Actually Producing?

We have recalculated Iraq's oil production figures based on all the numbers they provided JODI Data, in addition to the satellite imagery we have collected.
Published: November 15th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Iran's Tankers In The East Mediterranean Sea

Since the unilateral US sanctions on Iran took effect just days ago, we started to notice a number of interesting events take place in the east Med Sea.
Published: November 11th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

It's Alive!

An idle tanker we've kept close watch on all year has finally made her very first move, a day after US imposes sanctions on Iran.
Published: November 6th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Iran's October 2018 Crude Oil Exports & Production Calculation Report

Find out just how much crude oil Iran both exported and produced during the insanely busy month of October 2018! We go into plenty of detail of what happened, and how we improved our tracking since September.
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Published: November 4th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Israel and Syria, October 2018

Crude oil imports into Syria and Israel are looking very interesting during October given the amounts and new sources. ALL of the imports were done in a clandestine fashion.
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Published: November 1st 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

A Tanker Named Destiny

There is a VLCC supertanker off the coast of Kharg Island, Iran, which serves as an extension of another port called Asaluyeh.
Published: October 24th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

First 12 Days Of Exports Out Of Saudi Arabia's Latest Crude Oil Export Terminal

Find out how many crude oil barrels per day Saudi Arabia has shipped out of its latest (revived) Red Sea terminal after a 27 year long hiatus!
Published: October 22nd 2018. Last updated: January 31st 2022

China Crude Oil Storage Overview

We spent over two months manually identifying, measuring and cataloging potential storage space for crude oil across China. It took a lot of research as many of the high resolution satellite images were outdated.
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Published: October 16th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Iran's Floating Storage; October 10th, 2018

We compare satellite imagery between end of September and October 10th to see changes in floating crude oil storage. These are the barrels that sit aboard idle tankers.
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Published: October 11th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

A Supertanker That's Not Feeling So Super

Following our discovery of the Saudi VLCC supertanker which was purportedly attacked by Yemen's Houthis rebels off the coast of Yemen in late July, 2018...
Published: October 10th 2018. Last updated: April 26th 2021

Iran, September 2018 With Oil Production Calculation

September 2018 was (and continues to be) an educational month, and we are kind of appreciative of the fact that Iranian tankers have begun to employ a range of interesting tactics and locations to cloak their exports ahead of the November 4th sanctions deadline.
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Published: October 7th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

Yemen Just Boosted Its Exports (Again)

A VLCC supertanker appearing off the coast of China, now empty?!...Where did she come from? Where did she go? Where did she come from...?
Published: October 5th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

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.
Published: October 5th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

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.
Published: October 5th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020

The Parallel Universe In Russia's September Oil Production Reporting

Russia's Ministry of Energy has just released its September Crude Oil Production, Refinery Runs and Exports data. We threw it in our data refinery and out came this table.
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Published: October 4th 2018. Last updated: July 11th 2020
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