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Commodities at Sea

Data driven intelligence of commodity movements that enables actionable insights and effective trading strategies

With the ever-changing supply landscape and geopolitical factors gaining a greater impact on markets, accessing a reliable commodity flow intelligence has become a critical element to success, enabling you to make quicker and more effective investment decisions supported by data driven analytics.

IHS Markit Commodities at Sea is an algorithm-driven model that collects and analyses seaborne vessel movements and commodities flows combining multi-source cargo intelligence to generate actionable insights and support day-to-day decision making.

Commodities at Sea harnesses the expertise of the Maritime and Energy divisions of IHS Markit to provide high-accuracy model results and predictions that can digest an enormous amount of data and translate it into an intuitive and effective output.

Crude Oil

The Commodities at Sea Crude Oil module provides:

  • Vessel activity sequence and journeys - including multiple loadings and discharges
  • Import-export and crude oil movements at region/country/port level and by crude grade
  • Choke point flows and vessel movements in congested areas
  • Oil-on-water and floating storage data
  • Crude oil flows predictions
  • Ship-To-Ship activity combined with cargo flows for end-to-end journeys

Whether you need to predict a tanker’s destination with confidence or detect floating storage activity by vessel and crude type, Commodities at Sea will answer your demands effectively.


It features:

  • A Cloud-based Big Data environment showcasing 135-140K ships tracked daily; more than two million AIS messages daily (500M+ annually) and in excess of 35,000 port/berth calls daily (12M + annually)
  • Multiple cargo intel data sources: line-ups, fixtures, port callings, ship data and cargo inspection data ingested daily
  • Machine learning models: to detect vessels in opaque regions, and predict destinations/flows at country, port, berth level
  • More than 300 crude grades tracked, with balances by grade classifications

This solution is essential for:

  • Understanding market fundamentals and trends
  • Deploying trading and investment strategies
  • Securing financing and trade support
  • Hedging and mitigating risk
  • Implementing financial models and forecasts
  • Uncovering investment and arbitrage opportunities

Download Commodities at Sea Crude Oil brochure for more information

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