27 Jan 2023 10:19

JCC complains of non-compliance by ship captains with Istanbul grain deal procedures

NEW YORK, UN. Jan 27 (Interfax) - Administrative measures have been taken in relation to vessels that violated the Black Sea Grain Initiative procedures over the past three days, the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) said.

"During this period [from January 24 to January 26], the Joint Coordination Centre has noted issues of non-compliance by ships' captains that slow inspections and have led to administrative measures for certain vessels," it said.

The JCC reminded shipping industry representatives of the need to adhere to the established processes.

Two bulkers - the Italy-bound Michalakis with 33,000 tonnes of corn on board and the Khaled A carrying 7,000 tonnes of barley to Turkey - departed Ukrainian ports on Thursday, the center said.

Only one vessel carrying 9,100 tonnes of barley to Libya left Ukraine's ports on January 24. No vessels departed the Ukrainian ports on January 25.

Ten bulkers transited the maritime humanitarian corridor on January 24-26 on their way to the Ukrainian ports, it said.

"As of 26 January, the total tonnage of grain and other foodstuffs exported from the three Ukrainian ports is 18,422.020 tonnes. A total of 1,354 voyages - 678 inbound and 676 outbound - have been enabled so far," the center said.