First ship carrying Ukrainian grain reaches Turkey
The Turkish media reported that two more ships, which also left Ukraine on Friday, are due to arrive shortly.
The Panama-flagged ship Navistar, carrying around 33,000 tons of Ukrainian corn to Ireland, has reached Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait and dropped anchor in Istanbul, the Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed in a tweetOn Saturday.
The ministry stated that members of the Joint Coordination Center will inspect the vessel before the ship can be moved to their destination. “hours.”According to Turkish media, members of the inspection team will be from Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.
Under a deal between Russia and Ukraine, the Navistar left Odessa Friday. It was mediated last month by Turkey and UN. Two other ships – the Maltese-flagged Rojen and the Turkish-flagged Polarnet – left the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk on the same day.
Rojen will transport 13,000 ton of corn to Ireland. Polarnet will carry around 12,000 ton of that same product to Karasu, Turkey. According to media reports, both ships are already in Turkish territorial waters and should arrive at Bosporus soon.
This vessel follows the departure on Monday of Odessa’s first cargo ship, transporting more than 26,000 tons corn to Lebanon.
After Russia’s February military intervention in Ukraine, grain exports from the Ukrainian country were stopped. This led to growing concerns about global food supply. Moscow blamed Ukraine, accusing it of preventing civilian ships leaving its ports. Kiev also accused Russia of denying them access to the ocean near their harbors. This prevented shipping traffic.
Moscow and Kiev came to an agreement in Istanbul that allows for the resumed exports of Ukrainian goods from Ukrainian ports. The agreement also entails facilitating unimpeded shipments of Russia’s grain, as well as fertilizers and the raw materials to produce them.