The first foreign cargo ship since the beginning of the war arrived in Ukraine, where it will be loaded with Ukrainian grain for export, said the Minister of Infrastructure of the country Alexander Kubrakov on Saturday, August 6th.

The ship Fulmar S under the flag of Barbados moored in the port of Chernomorsk, he said. The day before, the cargo ship passed inspection in Istanbul. The arrival of the first foreign ship to Ukraine became possible after the conclusion between Moscow and Kyiv of an agreement on the resumption of grain exports through the Black Sea.

“We can state that thanks to the efforts of the President of Ukraine, the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Infrastructure, as well as our partners from the UN and Turkey, a “grain corridor” for entry and exit in the ports of Ukraine has been launched,” Kubrakov said.

Ukraine now expects to reach a monthly volume of transshipment in seaports of 3 million tons of agricultural products and to receive from three to five ships per day, the minister said. “To this end, we expect that the largest Ukrainian port – Yuzhny – will join the Black Sea grain initiative next week,” he wrote.

The first ships with Ukrainian corn arrive in Istanbul

At noon on August 6, the first of three dry cargo ships that left Ukrainian ports the day before arrived in Istanbul. The Panama-flagged Navistar ship anchored off the coast of the city and has already passed inspection, said the Turkish Defense Ministry. The dry cargo ship is heading to Ireland and carrying 33,000 tons of corn.

The Rojen at the Bosphorus

The Rojen at the Bosphorus

Two more vessels are expected to arrive in Istanbul: Rojen under the flag of Malta and Polarnet under the flag of Turkey. Polarnet left Chernomorsk on August 5 and is carrying 12 thousand tons of corn to the Turkish port of Karasu, Rojen is loaded with 13 thousand tons of corn and is heading to British Teesport. The dispatch of the three vessels was approved by the Joint Coordinating Center, which includes representatives from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN. The center was created as part of a deal to export of Ukrainian grain. According to the agreements, grain will be delivered from Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.

The first vessel with agricultural products left Odessa August 1. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni, loaded with corn, is heading to Lebanon and arrived in Istanbul on August 2, where it passed inspection. his arrival at Lebanese port of Tripoli was expected on August 7, but was postponed, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut told AFP, without giving a reason. According to TASS, citing an unnamed source from the port authority, the ship is expected to reach Tripoli on August 9.

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