2 Aug 2022 16:35

Fifteen ships with agricultural produce ready to leave Ukrainian seaports - ministry

MOSCOW. Aug 2 (Interfax) - Fifteen ships loaded with agricultural produce are technically ready to leave Ukrainian seaports, while two others are completing preparations, Ukrainian media quoted First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky as saying.

He said the ships ready for departure are designed to transport grains - corn, wheat, barley. There are also plans to transport oilseeds and other agricultural produce.

Vysotsky said each ship is capable of carrying 10,000-60,000 tonnes of agricultural products.

The United Nations, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine signed two documents in Istanbul on July 22 regulating a sea corridor for exporting grain from the Ukrainian seaports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.

The Razoni, a Sierra Leonean-flagged bulker carrying about 27,000 tonnes of corn, left Odesa for Lebanon on Monday. It was initially expected to reach Istanbul for inspection at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Anadolu Agency reported with reference to Turkish General Ozcan Altunbulak that the ship would now reach Istanbul at about midnight on Tuesday, which is somewhat later than was planned originally and was prompted by weather conditions.