Four vessels sailed from the Black Sea ports of Chornomorsk and Odesa on Sunday August 7th as the results of a deal to unblock the country’s sea exports begin to gear up.
The four bulk carriers were loaded with almost 170,000 tonnes of corn and other foodstuffs, Ukraine’s sea ports authority said.
Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said that “we are gradually moving on to larger volumes of work. We plan to ensure the ability of the ports to handle at least 100 vessels per month in the near future”.
He said Ukraine soon planned to include Pivdennyi (aka Yuzhne) port in the grain export initiative. He expected that, as a result, Ukraine would be able to export up to at least 3m tonnes of goods a month.
The JCC, based in Istanbul, said late on Saturday August 6th it had authorized the departure of a total of five new vessels through the Black Sea corridor: four vessels outbound from Chornomorsk and Odesa carrying 161,084 metric tonnes of foodstuffs, and one inbound.
The ships that have left Ukrainian ports included the Glory (IMO 9288473), with a cargo of 66,000 tonnes of corn bound for Istanbul, and the Riva Wind (IMO 9301196), loaded with 44,000 tonnes of corn, heading for Turkey’s Iskenderun, the Turkish defence ministry said.
It said the other two vessels to have left Ukraine were the Star Helena (see IMN March 8th), with a cargo of 45,000 tonnes of meal heading to China, and chemical/oil products tanker Mustafa Necati (IMO 9736690), carrying 6,000 tonnes of sunflower oil and heading for Italy. The last of these is the first for the “locked in” ships to leave Ukraine with a cargo other than grain.
All four vessels will stop initially north of Istanbul to be inspected by the JCC, run by Turkey, the UN, Ukraine and Russia.
The JCC also said it was near to finalizing the shipping procedures to regularize operations to support implementation of the grain deal. The procedures were expected to be published early this week, it said.
2005-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 39,964 gt Glory is owned by Primera Shipping Inc care of manager Target Marine SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Primera Shipping Inc.
2005-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,261 gt Riva Wind is owned by Avantage Shipping Co care of manager Seamax Marine Inc of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus Team) on behalf of Avantage Shipping Co.
2006-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 43,158 gt Star Helena is owned by Star Trident XVII LLC care of manager Starbulk SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Star Trident XVII LLC. Gard AS is lead insurer for hull on behalf of Starbulk SA.
2015-built, Liberia-flagged, 4,684 gt Mustafa Necati is owned by Topkapi Shipping Inc care of Statu Chartering & Shipping Agency of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Link Deniz Kontrol Teknik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims Team) on behalf of Topkapi Shipping Inc.