Two more grain ships leave Ukraine, Türkiye’s defence ministry says

ANKARA/KYIV, Two more ships carrying grain have left Ukraine’s Chornomorsk port, Türkiye’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday, bringing the total number of vessels to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports under a UN-brokered grain export deal to 27.

According to a Reuters report, the joint coordination centre set up to enable safe passage said that the Zumrut Ana and MV Ocean S, which are authorised to depart on 20th August, were loaded with 6,300 tonnes of sunflower oil and 25,000 tonnes of wheat respectively.

Ukraine’s Sea Ports Authority said on Saturday three Ukrainian seaports had begun loading food onto seven ships, which would deliver 66,500 tonnes of wheat, corn and sunflower oil to consumers.

At the end of July, three Black Sea ports were unblocked under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye.

The Authority said on Facebook the port of Chornomorsk had moored the bulk carriers Andan Toplak, Filyoz and Maranta, while Odesa port had begun loading the Ganosaya and Kubrosli Y.

Bulk carrier Mohamad Y is waiting its turn, as well as the tanker Foyle, which is standing at the port of Pivdennyi.

The Authority said Ukrainian-origin food would be delivered to France, Sudan, Türkiye and the Netherlands.

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Friday a further ten cargo ships were being loaded with grain in Ukrainian Black Sea ports and being prepared for shipment.

He said 25 ships had already been dispatched from the three Ukrainian ports, with 630,000 tonnes of agricultural products on board.

Source: Emirates News Agency