SINGAPORE, April 29 (Reuters) – Traders are using smaller, more expensive vessels to transport displaced Russian oil from European ports to China, in a rare move as Western sanctions against Moscow force them to use unconventional methods to transport the product.

About 5 million barrels of Russian Ural crude were to be loaded onto four Aframax tankers of 730,000 barrels each and two Suezmax vessels of around 1 million barrels each for China in April and May.