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Two more ships, carrying corn and soybeans, departed today from Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced. So far a total of ten ships have left Ukraine since last week, when the first ship set sail following an agreement with Russia to resume grain exports.
The UN and Turkey brokered the deal last month after warnings that the disruption of grain exports due to the conflict could lead to severe food shortages and even famine in parts of the world.
The Sacura, which sailed from Yuzhny, is carrying 11,000 tonnes of soybeans to Italy, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced today, while the Arizona, which sailed from Chornomorsk, is carrying 48,458 tonnes of maize to Iskenderun (Alexandretta), in southern Turkey.
The four ships that left yesterday, Sunday, from Ukraine, are expected to anchor tonight off Istanbul, according to the same source, who added that they will be inspected tomorrow, Tuesday.
The Razoni, which was the first cargo ship to leave a Ukrainian port with a cargo of grain, was due to arrive in Lebanon yesterday, Sunday, but currently remains anchored off Turkey’s southern coast, according to the ship tracking website Refinitiv.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced yesterday that the Fulmar S., the first foreign-flagged cargo ship to arrive at the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk after the Russian invasion, is ready to load.
A second ship bound for Ukraine, the Osprey S., was inspected in Istanbul yesterday and is approaching Ukraine this morning, according to Refinitiv.
Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said Ukraine will also soon start exporting grain from the Black Sea port of Pivdeni, which will allow it to export a total of at least 3 million tons of products per month.
In peacetime, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grain a month from its Black Sea and Sea of Azov ports.
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