VLCC owners are making the most of a tanker sale window that opened following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, with brokers and online ship data platforms reporting yet another fresh batch of sales.

In the few cases where buyers are identified, the names are familiar — recently registered companies that have blossomed in just a few months out of jurisdictions unencumbered by Western oil sanctions against Russia.

One of them is Gardsea Shipping, an entity that the S&P Global Market platform links to India’s Gatik Ship Management.