Indian oil tanker company heavily involved in moving Russian oil lost insurance

Gatik Ship Management, an oil tanker company heavily involved in moving Russian oil, lost industry standard insurance for its fleet after falling foul of a G7 price cap relating to the transportation of the nation’s barrels, according to Bloomberg.

Gatik lost so-called protection and indemnity cover that was provided by the American Club.

The cover protects against risks including collisions and spills. 

The cover was terminated because the American Club was informed that Gatik intended to transport barrels bought at prices above the threshold. The American Club confirmed the discontinuation of cover.

Since early December, companies in G-7 countries have only been allowed to provide services for Russian oil if the cargoes cost $60 a barrel or less.

While the threshold initially appeared to prioritize the continuation of Russian oil flows, the cessation of Gatik’s cover shows the measures have some teeth. On Monday, the US government warned that some oil tankers shipping Russian crude in Asia are using deceptive tactics to evade the Washington-led price cap on the country’s exports. 

The American Club is one of 12 organizations within the International Group of P&I Clubs, which collectively provide industry standard cover that serves as a passport to trade freely.

Gatik, which has an address in Mumbai according to the Equasis international maritime database, is one of a handful of tanker companies that sprang up out of nowhere when the west began ratcheting up sanctions on Moscow last year.

Every one of 48 tankers identified as being managed by Gatik on a database maintained by Equasis, or by data analytics firm Vortexa, has loaded Russian crude or refined products at least once this year. The American Club is listed as the insurer of 34 of them, with another nine covered by unknown entities.

by Nataly Kramer