Today, for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, a vessel arrived in Ukraine to load grain.

According to Ukrinform, Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov announced this in his Facebook.

“Today, for the first time since the start of a full-scale invasion, a vessel arrived for loading – a bulk carrier FULMAR S flying the flag of Barbados. We can already state that thanks to the efforts of the President of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Infrastructure and our partners: the UN and Turkey, the “grain corridor” has earned its way out and entrance to the ports of Ukraine,” wrote Kubrakov.

According to the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure, this event is an important signal for the market that the “grain initiative” is a safe and, most importantly, profitable business opportunity for shipowners to return to Ukrainian ports.

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In Ukraine, they are doing everything possible so that the ports can receive and process much more ships. In particular, it is planned to reach the level of at least 3-5 ships per day in two weeks.

According to the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukraine’s goal is to reach the monthly volume of transshipment in the ports of Big Odessa by 3 million tons of agricultural products. This will be achieved by joining the “grain initiative” of the largest port – “Pivdenny” as early as next week.

In the future, Ukraine plans to start negotiations with the UN and Turkey on extending the initiative to other ports, in particular, Nikolaevsky.

“Despite intermediate successes in unblocked ports, we continue to actively increase transshipment in the Danube ports, which since February have become one of the main rescuers of Ukrainian exporters,” Kubrakov said.

According to him, all scenarios are taken into account in Ukraine, without placing excessive hopes on the “grain corridor”.

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The head of the Ministry of Infrastructure expressed gratitude to his colleagues from the UN and Turkey for creating security conditions for the first ship to enter Ukrainian territorial waters.

As Ukrinform reported, on August 5, in the morning, the first caravan of ships with Ukrainian grain left the ports of Greater Odessa. Three bulk carriers Navi star, Rojen and Polarnet carry 57,000 tons of Ukrainian corn on board, bound for Turkey, the UK and Ireland. This caravan resumed navigation from the port of Chernomorsk.

Photo: UN/Ismini Palla