The first shipment of Ukrainian grain is about to leave Odessa

First shipment of Ukrainian grain is about to leave Odessa


The first shipment of Ukrainian grain will leave the port of Odessa on Monday at 05:30 GMT, in accordance with the terms of the agreement with Russia signed in Istanbul, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced.

“The freighter Razoni flying the flag of Sierra Leone and loaded with maize will leave the port of Odessa bound for Lebanon at 08:30 a.m.,” the ministry said in a statement.

Other convoys will follow this first departure while respecting “the (maritime) corridor and the agreed formalities”, adds the ministry.

Signed on July 22 in Istanbul, the agreement which allows the resumption of Ukrainian exports aims to alleviate a global food crisis that has seen prices soar in some of the world's poorest countries.

According to the Marine Traffic website, which tracks boat movements, the Razoni was still docked at 05:00 GMT on Monday in the port of Odessa, to which he notified his departure at 04:30 GMT.

C Built in 1996 and 186 m long by 25 wide, the Razoni has a hold capacity of 30,000 tonnes.

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC), responsible for controlling Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea, was inaugurated on Wednesday in Istanbul in accordance with the agreement.

It associates representatives of the two belligerents, as well as Turkey and the United Nations.

The CCC must register and monitor the merchant vessels that will participate in the convoys, monitor them via the Internet and by satellite, have the vessels inspected at the time of loading in Ukrainian ports and upon arrival in Turkish ports.