Other Lifesaving Wheat Shipments Authorized to Leave Ukraine – Global Issues

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) which manages the Black Sea Grain Initiative, agreed between the UN, Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, has authorized the departure of three ships, two from the port of Chornomorsk and one from Odesa, carrying a total of 58,041 tons of corn through the designated “maritime humanitarian corridor”.

The wheat deal facilitated by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres following the Russian invasion, amid concerns about the blocking of Ukraine’s precious food exports across the Black Sea, was signed between the parties on July 22 in Istanbul.

The JCC, announced five days later, was set up to carry out the initiative, and the first commercial shipment took place on Wednesday, when the Razoni was authorized to leavebound for the Lebanese port of Tripoli.

The first shipment of more than 26,000 tons of Ukrainian food under a Black Sea export agreement has been cleared to proceed to its final destination in Lebanon.

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The first shipment of more than 26,000 tons of Ukrainian food under a Black Sea export agreement has been cleared to proceed to its final destination in Lebanon.

his the role is that of allow safe transport by merchant ships of grain and other food and fertilizer products from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, in the rest of the world.

Corn bound for Türkiye, United Kingdom, Ireland

The Istanbul-based JCC, made up of representatives of the nations involved in the agreement plus the UN, said in a press release that the merchant ship Polarnet, anchored in the port of Chornomorsk, will depart carrying a cargo of 12,000 tons of corn destined for Karasu in Turkiye.

The Rojen, anchored in Chornomorsk, will leave on Friday with a cargo of 13,041 tons of corn destined for Teesport, in the north of Englandwhile the Navistar, anchored in Odesa, will depart with 33,000 tons of corn, bound for Ringaskiddy, Ireland.

First ship to Ukraine

The JCC said it also authorized the movement, pending inspection, of the merchant ship Fulmar S, inbound for Chornomorsk. Fulmar S is currently anchored in the inspection area near the north-west of Istanbul.

“It is estimated that the three departing ships will depart in the morning from their respective ports,” said the JCC. “Times may be changed based on availability, weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. The inspection should take place after arrival at the anchorage area in Turkish territorial waters “.

The JCC said that “drawing from the lessons learned during the first movement of the M / V Razoni, the JCC authorized this movement as a second ‘proof of concept’, testing multi-ship operations in the corridor, including an incoming ship. In addition, the corridor has been revised to allow for more efficient passage of ships while maintaining safety.

Free ports

The JCC recognized the need for commercial ships that have been stranded in Ukrainian ports since February to be able to depart for their “default destinations”.

“Their movement will free up valuable dock space to allow more inbound ships to enter and bring food to global markets in line with the Initiative.”According to the agreed procedures, all participants coordinate with their respective military authorities, in Moscow, Kiev and Ankara, and other relevant authorities to ensure the safe passage of commercial vessels, the JCC stressed.

“The JCC will closely monitor the safe passage of ships through the humanitarian maritime corridor.”