UN-chartered ship to take grain to Ethiopia from Ukraine

United Nations-chartered ship Brave Commander (IMO 9136931) is being loaded and is scheduled to depart the Black Sea port of Privdennyi/Yuzhne in Ukraine any day now with more than 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat, heading for Ethiopia in what will be the first humanitarian shipment from Ukraine since a deal was brokered to enable exports of Ukrainian grain.

Denise Brown, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, said that the grain was urgently needed in Ethiopia. She said that the UN would work to ensure continued shipments to countries around Africa that are facing famine and sharply higher food prices.

The cargo was funded with donations from the UN World Food Programme, the US Agency for International Development and several private donors.

Citing security concerns, Ukrainian authorities have not released details on when the Brave Commander would sail or when it was likely to arrive in Ethiopia.

1996-built, Lebanon-flagged, 14,431 gt Brave Commander is owned by Brave Commander Maritime Shipping care of manager Mody Shipping Co Sarl of Beirut, Lebanon. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Brave Commander Maritime Shipping Co Ltd Inc. As of August 15th the vessel was still moored at Yuzhne.