General cargo ship Razoni (IMO 9086526) left the Ukrainian port of Odesa yesterday morning August 1st, heading for Tripoli, Lebanon, carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn.
The Joint Co-ordination Centre, based in Istanbul, which published the news, said that the vessel was expected to arrive in Turkish waters for inspection today, August 2nd, and to pass through the Bosphorus today.
Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov wrote on Facebook that “unlocking ports will provide at least $1bn in foreign exchange revenue to the economy and an opportunity for the agricultural sector to plan for next year.”
Kubrakov said that 16 other ships were waiting to depart three Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea in the coming weeks.
The NAVTEX issued by the Ukrainian authorities describe a channel width of up to 200 metres. The two routes described by Odesa-NAVTEX head south-east from Odesa for a short way before turning south for a short distance, and then turning south-west until close to the border with Romania, at which point it turns south-south-west.
The deal – brokered by the UN and Turkey – took two months to achieve and will last for 120 days. It can be renewed if both parties agree.
Russia and Ukraine jointly account for nearly a third of global wheat supplies. In 2019 Ukraine accounted for 16% of the world’s corn supplies and 42% of sunflower oil, according to UN data.
However, Ukraine’s new harvest will not match that of 2021. President Zelenskiy said that the 2022 harvest could be halved as a result of the war.
1996-built, Sierra Leone-flagged, 18,495 gt Razoni is owned and managed by Razoni Shipping Ltd of Monrovia, Liberia. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of Razoni Shipping Ltd.