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Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine – three vessels out, one in

Alexander Kubrakov via Facebook Navistar_Ukraine.jpg
The Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) authorised two vessels to sail from Chornomorsk, one from Odesa and another to sail into Chornomorsk.

The vessels carry a combined 58,041 tonnes of corn and will sail through the maritime humanitarian corridor under agreed between Ukraine, Russia, and the UN.
M/V Polarnet was anchored in Chornomorsk port and will sail with its cargo of 12,000 tonnes of corn destined to Karasu, Türkiye; also in Chornomorsk with a cargo of 13,041 tonnes of corn for Teesport, UK was M/V Rojen.

M/V Navistar makes up the trio and was anchored in Odesa port with a cargo of 33,000 tonnes of corn for Ringaskiddy, Ireland.

The vessels will all first sail to a Turkish anchorage for inspection before being cleared to their destinations.

M/V Fulmar S was anchored off Turkey pending an inspection by the JCC to clear it for entry into Chornomorsk, and will be the first vessel to sail to Ukraine under the initiative.

“Although the grain corridor is already up and running for the day, our goal is to have full-fledged ports in both directions,” said Ukraine Minister for Infrastructure, Alexander Kubrakov.

“We are receiving applications from shipowners ready to enter our ports for loading and the first event is expected tomorrow. Our goal is 3 and more million tons of agricultural export every month from the ports of Odesa Chornomorsk and South.”

The operations were all due to begin the morning of August 5, according to JCC.

The latest movements are a second proof of concept phase for operations under the JCC, following the successful first trial with M/V Razoni, which led to a revision of the corridor. This latest test introduces multiple vessels and an inbound transit.

“The JCC further acknowledges the need for the commercial vessels stranded in the Ukrainian ports since February to depart to their pre-defined destinations. Their movement will free up valuable pier space for more inbound ships to come in and carry food to global markets in line with the Initiative,” said JCC.