Cargo ship with grain leaves Turkish port for Egypt

The first ship with Ukrainian grain left after the food deal in Istanbul, as the bulk carrier “Razzoni” sailed from the Turkish port of Mersin to Egypt.

The shipping tracking service said the Razzoni cargo ship left the port of Odessa on August 1 with 26,000 tons of corn as part of an agreement reached in Turkey and was due to arrive in Lebanon on the morning of August 7. However, on August 8, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon reported that the Lebanese buyer of a grain shipment bound for Odessa on a dry cargo ship refused it due to a delay in delivery by more than five months, and the shipper said to consider alternative buyers, including from outside Lebanon.

On Thursday, the ship called at the Turkish port of Mersin, and Kadir Soyer, head of the Mersin shipping company Taurus, said that 1,500 tons of grain would be unloaded from the bulk carrier, after which the ship would head to Egypt.

According to the shipping tracking service, the ship has already left the port and is heading south towards Egypt.

It is noteworthy that on July 22, multilateral agreements were signed in Istanbul on lifting restrictions on the supply of Russian products for export and on Russia’s assistance in the export of Ukrainian grain. The agreement, signed by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, provides for the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizer across the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa.

The humanitarian operation was planned with the active participation of Russian officers within the framework of the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul. On July 22 in Istanbul, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed two related documents aimed at solving problems with the supply of food and fertilizer to world markets.

It is noteworthy that the mentioned documents constitute one package. The first, the memorandum, assumes the UN’s obligation to remove various restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets, and the second defines the algorithm for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products from Ukrainian-controlled Black Sea ports.

The second document is based on the algorithm proposed by Russia, according to which a humanitarian maritime corridor is being created for the safe exit of merchant ships from Ukrainian-controlled Black Sea ports and back.

Source: RIA Novosti

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