Within hours of the start of Europe’s ban on Russian crude imports, a tanker docked at the east Russian port of Ust-Luga to load under a new trading regime shaped by geopolitics in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine.

The 109,600-dwt Buena Vista (built 2007), owned by Social Club Inc of the Marshall Islands, is managed by an Indian company that burst onto the tanker scene in 2022 and now has 10 ships under its control, according to shipping information provider Equasis.