27 Oct 2022 09:20

No mines found in Black Sea Grain Initiative's humanitarian corridor

NEW YORK, UN. Oct 27 (Interfax) -Dry cargo vessels loaded with food were unable to leave Ukrainian ports on Wednesday because of an inspection of a mine-like object in the maritime humanitarian corridor of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"The Joint Coordination Centre reports that today, 26 October, no cargo-loaded vessel has moved from the Ukrainian ports through the maritime humanitarian corridor," the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) said.

A tug boat and a rescue boat were sent to the corridor to check the mine-like object, it said.

"The findings were submitted to the JCC. While no mine has been identified during the inspection, the JCC decided as a mitigation measure to authorize a tug boat to escort vessels tomorrow," the JCC said.

"As of today, there are over 170 ships in Turkish territorial waters, 113 registered with the JCC for inspection and a further 60 waiting to join the Initiative, it said.