Once again, cargo ships left Ukrainian ports to transport products across the Black Sea and through the Turkish Bosphorus Strait to world markets. Two ships, one loaded with 25,000 tons of wheat and the other with 6,300 tons of sunflower oil, sailed in the Black Sea on Saturday from the port of Chernomorsk, south of Odessa.
The ships follow an agreed safe shipping route and the shipment will be checked later in Istanbul. This is part of the agreements Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations reached in July to allow the export of food products despite the war. As part of this “grain deal”, 27 cargo ships have already sailed from Ukrainian ports.
The entire operation is led by a coordination center where Ukrainians, Russians, Turks and United Nations delegates in Istanbul work together. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit the center in the Turkish capital on Saturday. On Friday, he visited the Ukrainian port of Odessa.
Meanwhile, more ships are being loaded at three Ukrainian government-owned ports. In the short term, the grain will be shipped from Chernomorsk with four bulk carriers to France, the Netherlands, Sudan and Turkey, according to local port authorities.
The corridor aims to bring relief to global food markets. The price of wheat, among other things, rose to a record level as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both countries are major grain producers, and the war has endangered grain exports to world markets.
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