Foodstuffs: four more ships leave Ukraine


KYIV/ISTANBUL: Four more ships carrying nearly 170,000 tons of corn and other foodstuffs left Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Sunday as part of a deal to unblock the country’s exports after the Russian invasion , Ukrainian and Turkish officials said.

The United Nations and Turkey brokered the deal last month after warning that the halt in grain shipments caused by the conflict could lead to severe food shortages and even epidemics of famine in parts of the world.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said there are plans to further step up shipments.

“We are gradually moving to larger workloads. We plan to ensure port capacity to accommodate at least 100 ships per month in the near future,” he added.

Ukraine would also soon start exporting grain from its Black Sea port of Pivdennyi, an expansion that would allow it to send a total of at least 3 million tonnes of goods per month, the minister said on Facebook.

Before Russia launched what it calls its “special military operation”, Russia and Ukraine together accounted for almost a third of global wheat exports. In peacetime, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grain every month from its seaports of Black and Azov.

The first Ukrainian grain ship crosses the Bosphorus en route to Lebanon

The resumption of grain exports is overseen by a Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul staffed by Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN staff.

The first cargo ship left Ukraine under the deal on Monday last week, with three more following on Friday.

The JCC said on Saturday evening that it had authorized five new vessels to pass through the Black Sea corridor: four vessels leaving the Ukrainian ports of Chornomorsk and Odessa, carrying 161,084 metric tons of foodstuffs, and one heading towards Ukraine to collect grain.


Vessels that left Ukrainian ports included Glory, with a cargo of 66,000 tons of maize bound for Istanbul, and Riva Wind, loaded with 44,000 tons of maize, bound for Iskenderun in Turkey, the ministry said. Turkish Defense.

He said the other two ships that left Ukraine were Star Helena, with a cargo of 45,000 tons of flour bound for China, and Mustafa Necati, carrying 6,000 tons of sunflower oil and heading for Italy.

Later on Sunday, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said the bulk carrier Fulmar S, which reached the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Saturday – the first foreign-flagged vessel to arrive in Ukraine since the conflict – was ready to be loaded.

The JCC said it had almost finished drafting the implementation procedures for the grain deal and that they would be published within days.

He added that he had also cleared the movement, pending inspection, of Osprey S, bound for Chornomorsk. This vessel is currently at anchor northwest of Istanbul.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said the JCC had completed inspections of the Rojen ship carrying 13,000 tonnes of corn to Britain, Polarnet which is carrying 12,000 tonnes of corn to a Turkish port and Osprey S, which is heading to Ukraine.

On Saturday, the JCC completed its inspection of Navistar, the other of three ships that left Ukrainian ports on Friday.

The first ship to leave a Ukrainian port under the deal will not arrive in Lebanon on Sunday as scheduled, the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon said. The Razoni left Odessa on Monday with 26,527 tons of corn.

The embassy told Reuters the ship “was delayed” and “not arriving today”, with no details on a new arrival date or the cause of the delay. Refinitiv Eikon data showed the Razoni off the coast of Turkey on Sunday morning.


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