Three new grain shipments have left Ukraine
Three new grain shipments left Ukraine in convoy on Friday morning and another is heading for its shores, empty, starting a series of regular rotations to supply agricultural markets, the Turkish Defense ministry said.
The three buildings, loaded with corn, will serve Ireland, England and Turkey, the ministry said in a statement.
Simultaneously, a cargo ship, the Fulmar, under the flag of Barbados, is heading to the port of Chernomorsk to load grain there, the ministry says.
All are progressing under the watchful eye of the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) established in Istanbul under the terms of the international agreement signed in Istanbul on July 22.
Russia and Ukraine have signed two separate agreements, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, which allow Ukrainian grain exports blocked by the war since February 24 and those of Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions.
The Navistar, flying the Panamanian flag, left Odessa for Ireland with 33,000 tons of corn; the Rojen, flying the Maltese flag, is en route to England from Chernomorsk with 13,000 tons.
The CCC had specified overnight the destination of the boats, Ringaskiddy in Ireland and Teesport in the United Kingdom.
Finally, the Turkish cargo ship Polarnet, which was waiting at the dock in Chernomorsk, is heading to Karasu, a Turkish port on the Black Sea, with 12,000 tons of corn.
The latter boat will be “inspected by the joint inspection team north of Istanbul” before reaching Karasu, the ministry said.
On Twitter, the Turkish Ministry of Defense also clarified that “the CCC team has completed the inspection of the Fulmar that will be loaded into the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk”.
These inspections were required by Russia, which wants to ensure that the boats do not carry anything other than the authorized grain loads.
The first shipment of corn, aboard the cargo ship Razoni, was carried out from Odessa on Monday and, after its inspection on Wednesday by the CCC at the entrance to the Bosphorus, was headed for Tripoli, in northern Lebanon.
The Joint Coordination Center explained that it wanted to try “an operation with multiple boats” using a secure corridor to cross the Black Sea, in order to avoid potential mines laid by Kiev to protect its coasts.
Established in Istanbul, this center, which brings together experts delegated by the four signatories, oversees Ukrainian grain exports and ensures the strict implementation of the July 22 agreement.
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