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Ukraine says some 720,000 tonnes of food have left Ukraine so far under grain export deal

A total of 33 cargo ships carrying just under 720,000 tonnes of foodstuffs have left Ukraine under the deal between Russia and Ukraine last month that was brokered by the UN and Turkey, the Ukrainian agriculture ministry said on Tuesday August 23rd.

The Joint Coordination Centre in Turkey, which is monitoring implementation of the agreement by checking all of the ships entering and leaving the Black Sea corridor to the three Ukrainian ports involved in the deal – Odesa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhne – put the total amount of grain and foodstuffs exported from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports since the deal was reached at the slightly higher figure of 721,449 tonnes.

In addition to the vessels that have already left Ukraine, the agriculture ministry said a further 18 were now loading or waiting for permission to leave Ukrainian ports.
The ministry said Ukrainian grain exports could reach 4m tonnes in August, compared with 3m tonnes in July.

On August 20th the Navi Star (IMO 9590979) berthed in the port of Foynes, Ireland with the first shipment of Ukrainian grain to Ireland as a result of the deal. The ship came from Odesa.
However, not all has been plain sailing. On August 22nd the Osprey S (IMO 9300843), one of the first inbound vessels to call at the port of Chornomorsk and which had loaded with 11,000 tonnes of grain, lost power in the Aegean Sea. Repair attempts by the crew failed and as a result the ship was taken in tow by the Pothitos II (IMO: 9186572) and was taken to Iskenderun.

2011-built, Panama-flagged, 23,264 gt Navi Star is owned by Navi Corp care of manager Cetinkaya Denizcilik Transport of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Naci Corp. As of August 23rd the vessel was underway from Foynes to Dublin, Ireland, ETA August 24th.

2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 19,971 gt Osprey S is owned by Osprey Shipping & Trading Ltd care of manager Armador Gemi Isletmciligi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Thomas Miller (Hamburg). As of August 23rd the vessel was listed as Not Under Command in the Eastern Mediterranean, some 80 miles south of Antalya, Turkish south coast.

Source Insurance Marine News, August 24th 2022

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