First foreign-flagged ship arrives in Ukraine since February, awaits grain load | Inquirer News

First foreign-flagged ship arrives in Ukraine since February, awaits grain load

/ 06:24 AM August 07, 2022
The first commercial empty grain vessel from Istanbul to Ukraine under the Black Sea Grain Initiative as at anchorage at the inspection area near north west of Istanbul, Turkey, August 5, 2022. The JCC authorized the movement, pending inspection, of M/V Fulmar S, inbound for Chornomorsk as Fulmar S is at the inspection area near north west of Istanbul. UNOCHA/ LEVENT KULU/via REUTERS

The first commercial empty grain vessel from Istanbul to Ukraine under the Black Sea Grain Initiative as at anchorage at the inspection area near north west of Istanbul, Turkey, August 5, 2022. The JCC authorized the movement, pending inspection, of M/V Fulmar S, inbound for Chornomorsk as Fulmar S is at the inspection area near north west of Istanbul. (UNOCHA/ LEVENT KULU/via REUTERS)

A foreign-flagged ship arrived in Ukraine on Saturday for the first time since the war started in February, and will be loaded with grain, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

Ukraine is starting to resume grain exports in an effort overseen by a Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul where Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. personnel are working.

ADVERTISEMENT

The United Nations and Turkey brokered a deal after U.N. warnings of possible outbreaks of famine due to a halt in grain shipments from Ukraine. Before the invasion, Russia and Ukraine together accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports.

Kubrakov said the Barbados-flagged general cargo ship Fulmar S was in the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk.

FEATURED STORIES

“We are doing (everything) possible to ensure that our ports can receive and handle more vessels. In particular, we plan to reach the level of at least three to five vessels per day in two weeks’ (time),” he wrote on Facebook.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the resumption of exports was positive, adding that security risks remained.

“The threat of Russian provocations and terrorist acts remains. Everyone should be aware of this,” he said in a late-night video address on Saturday.

“But if our partners fulfill their part of the commitment and guarantee the security of supplies, this will really solve the global food crisis.”

Ukraine eventually aims to ship out 3 million tonnes a month from its Black Sea ports, Kubrakov said.

“This event is an important market signal that the (grain shipment deal) is a safe and, most importantly, profitable business opportunity for ship owners to return to Ukrainian ports,” he added.

Roughly 20 million tonnes of grain from last year’s crops are still stuck in the country.

gsg
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: grain, Russia, Ukraine
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.