Grain ship convoy departs from Ukraine
A convoy of four grain cargo ships have departed Ukraine, setting sail from two ports in Odesa Oblast (Photo:mtu.gov.ua)
A convoy of four grain cargo ships have departed Ukraine, setting sail from two ports in Odesa Oblast and bound for Italy, Turkey, and China, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry said in a Facebook post on Aug. 7.
“The second convoy of ships, carrying Ukrainian agricultural produce, has just set sail from the ports of Odesa and Chromomeres,” the message said.
Merchant vessels MUSTAFA NECATI, STAR HELENA, GLORY, and RIVA WIND are hauling nearly 170,000 tons of cargo.
“We’re working on raising the throughput to at least 100 ships per month in the near future,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
Kubrakov added that the port of Pivdennyi will soon open for maritime trade.
“We expect to be able to ship out at least 3 million tons of cargo every month,” the minister concluded.
The UN and Turkey brokered a multi-lateral treaty between Ukraine and Russia on July 22, which provides for a flow of grain out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
The agreement establishes a coordination center and on-board inspections, allowing participants to verify that cargo doesn’t include any items related to either side’s war effort.
The first grain ship departed from Odesa on Aug. 1, bound for Libya.
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