Ten freighters with grain have now left Ukraine. With the “Polarnet” the first has now reached its destination in Kocaeli, Turkey. The arrival of the “Razoni” in Lebanon, on the other hand, has been further delayed.
For the first time since the conclusion of the international grain agreement, a freighter with corn from the Ukraine has reached its destination port. The ship “Polarnet”, sailing under the Turkish flag and loaded with 12,000 tons, has arrived in Turkey’s Kocaeli on the Sea of Marmara, the state news agency Anadolu reported. The ship started on Friday in the port of Chornomorsk.
Two more grain ships have also left Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Both carriers are part of an agreement to unblock Ukrainian exports by sea between Russia and Ukraine, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The “Sacura”, which left the port of Pivdennyj, is transporting around 11,000 tons of soybeans to Italy. The ship is traveling in a caravan with the freighter “Arizona”, which is traveling from the port of Chornomorsk towards the Netherlands.
According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, ten grain ships have left Ukrainian ports so far. First, the freighter “Razoni” left for Lebanon on Monday last week. Actually, he was supposed to arrive there yesterday, but in the end he was anchored off the Turkish coast. The Ukrainian embassy said the freighter was late, but gave no details. The freighter has loaded around 26,500 tons of corn.
Grain exports not possible for months
Agricultural exports through Ukraine’s Black Sea ports have been blocked since February because of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. On July 22, the wartime opponents signed an agreement with Turkey separately, with UN mediation, to allow grain exports from Ukraine from three ports.
Inspections are intended to ensure that the ships are not transporting weapons. The resumption of Ukrainian grain exports is considered important for stabilizing food prices on the world market. To date, the Ukraine has been one of the most important grain exporters.