Now 15 ships are technically ready to ship grain from Ukrainian ports, two are being finalized.
According to Ukrinform, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Taras Vysotsky spoke about this on the air of the national marathon “One News”press service of the ministry.
On August 1, the ship Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone with 26,000 tons of Ukrainian corn left the port of Odessa. This is the first ship to leave the Ukrainian Black Sea port during the full-scale war.
“Corn is exported to North Africa. As part of the monitoring of our four-sided Joint Coordination Center, established in Istanbul, first of all, we are talking about passing to the Bosphorus, then a free trajectory according to the classical routes of the relevant commercial vessels,” Vysotsky said.
The joint coordinating center strengthened the surveillance of the ships from Ukraine, because it guaranteed all the moments of security.
“Today, there is confirmation of the technical readiness of about 15 ships, two are being finalized. Then there will be two-way traffic, including the approach of ships for loading,” the ministry notes.
First of all, they are aimed at the transportation of grain crops: corn, wheat, barley, and then also oilseeds and processed products. Each of the vessels can accommodate from 10 to 60 thousand tons.
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As for the conditions, according to the agreements, as Vysotsky explained, the movement of cargo ships should be only during daylight hours. In addition, for safety, they are accompanied by an anti-mine swimming facility. There are no restrictions on the number of ships that can ply. However, there are submitted applications and an agreed schedule – everything should happen according to it, the representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy explained.
Vysotsky also emphasized what exactly the unblocking of the Black Sea ports would give Ukraine. Thus, Ukrainian farmers will receive proceeds from the sale of these products. Then they pay taxes to the state and local budgets, which will greatly support the communities of Ukraine, pay wages to their employees. We are talking about significant amounts, because 50 million tons of export agricultural products are estimated at at least $15 billion.
As reported, on August 1, for the first time since February 24, a ship with Ukrainian food left the port of Odessa. There are more than 26 thousand tons of corn on board. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni is heading to the port of Tripoli, Lebanon. It will move along the corridor, the security of which was confirmed by the UN and Turkey. To date, 16 more ships with Ukrainian grain remain in the ports of Odessa region, which are waiting for departure.
The passage of a vessel is a test for the “grain corridor”.