Ukraine seeks to extend shipping safe passage deal beyond grain

Three grain ships left Ukrainian ports on Friday August 5th. The first inbound cargo vessel since Russia’s invasion in February was due in Ukraine to load. Ukraine has called for the current 120-day safe passage deal should be extended to other cargoes such as metals.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on August 5th that “we expect that the security guarantees of our partners from the UN and Turkey will continue to work, and food exports from our ports will become stable and predictable for all market participants”.

Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka told the UK’s Financial Times that “this agreement is about logistics, about the movement of vessels through the Black Sea. What’s the difference between grain and iron ore?”

The two grain ships that left Chornomorsk and one from Odesa carried a total of about 58,000 tonnes of corn.

Ukraine hopes to export 20 million tonnes of grain in silos and 40 million from its new harvest, economic adviser Oleh Ustenko said in July. The government hopes to earn $10 billion from those volumes, but Ustenko admitted that it could take 20 to 24 months to export them if ports were not functioning at 100%

Ukraine’s Seaport Authority said on Monday August 1st there were 68 ships in Ukrainian ports with 1.2m tonnes of cargo on board, two thirds of it food.

Earlier in the weekend the Rojen (IMO 9754927) left Chornomorsk around dawn on August 5th with a cargo of corn. The ship was listed as destined to Teesport, UK, with an ETA of August 19th. The vessel has a crew of 11, five Bulgarians and six Ukrainians, on board. It had entered the port of Chornomorsk on February 21st, three days before Russia invaded Ukraine, and had been blocked in ever since. Only in April did the company managed to change the crew.

The Navi Star (IMO 9590979) was the next bulk carrier to leave, departing Odesa on August 5th at 06:20 am, named destination Ireland.

Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet (IMO 9758961) then set off from Chornomorsk for the Turkish Black Sea port of Karasu, carrying 12,000 tonnes of corn.

The JCC said it had authorized the movement of Osprey S, inbound for Chornomorsk. That ship is currently at anchorage northwest of Istanbul and was to be inspected on Sunday.

A team of inspectors began checking the unloaded Fulmar S (IMO 9370082) north of Istanbul on August 5th before it headed off to collect grain from the port of Chornomorsk.

Vessels to load Ukrainian grain are being inspected by Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN personnel who are working at a Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, the Razoni (IMO 9086526), which was the first ship to leave a Ukrainian port under the deal (IMN, August 2nd), would not arrive in Lebanon on Sunday August 7th as planned, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said. The Razoni left Odesa on August 1st carrying 26,527 tonnes of corn.

The Ukrainian embassy told Reuters the ship was “having a delay” and “not arriving today,” with no details on a new arrival date or the cause of the delay. MarineTraffic showed the Razoni as being in the Eastern Mediterranean between Cyprus and the south-eastern Turkish port of Iskenderun, awaiting orders.

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.

2019-built, Malta-flagged, 27,781 gt Rojen is owned by Rojen Maritime Ltd care of Navigation Maritime Vulgare JSC of Varna, Bulgaria. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Rojen Maritime Ltd. As of the afternoon of August 6th the vessel was underway in the Black Sea, a short way north of the entrance to the Bosphorus and presumably awaiting inspection by the Turkey based joint inspection committee.

2011-built, Panama-flagged, 23,264 gt Navi Star is owned by Navi Corp care of manager Cetinkaya Denizcilik Transport of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Naci Corp. As of the afternoon of August 6th it was at Bosphorus Anchorage, Turkey, in the Black Sea.

2016-built, 8,559 gt Polarnet is owned by Polarnet Iletisim Ve Gemi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Polarcom Denizcilik Anonum Sti of Istanbul, Turkey.

2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 19,971 gt Osprey S is owned by Osprey Shipping & Trading Ltd care of manager Armador Gemi Isletmeviligi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Thomas Miller Specialty (Hamburg policy ex-Hanseatic). As of the afternoon of August 6th it was at Turkey’s Bosphorus Anchorage in the Black Sea.

2007 built, Barbados-flagged, 9,556 gt Fulmar S is owned and managed by Fulmar Shipping & Trading Co of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with Thomas Miller Specialty (Hamburg policy, ex Hanseatic). As of the afternoon of August 6th the Fulmar S was in the middle of the Black Sea (“restricted manoeuvrability) heading for Chornomorsk, ETA August 6th.