Six sanctions-stranded, specialised Arc7 LNG carrier newbuildings contracted for Russian business are coming under increasing international scrutiny as the shipyard and contracting parties move to try and affect their deliveries.

A first newbuilding, the 172,600-cbm Pyotr Kapitsa — one of three vessels originally contracted by Russian shipowner Sovcomflot but later cancelled by then shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering now Hanwha Ocean — appears to have changed ownership.