The ships will transport a total of more than 161,000 tons of corn and other nutrients to Turkey, China and Italy. The number of grain ships leaving Ukraine increased during the week, indicating that exports are gradually becoming regular.
The resumption of grain exports from Ukraine is the result of an agreement signed by Kiev and Moscow on July 22 after mediation by Turkey and the United Nations, which paves the way for traffic across the Black Sea. Four large bulk carriers carrying grain have already left Ukrainian ports since last Monday.
An empty cargo ship sailing under the flag of Barbados also arrived at the port of Chernomorsk on Saturday, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Aleksandr Kubrakov said. It is the first ship to pick up grain in Ukraine since the start of the war.
According to Kubrakov, the aim is for at least three ships a day to call at Ukrainian ports in two weeks, so that 3 million tons of grain can be exported monthly from the Black Sea ports. About 20 million tons of grain from last year’s harvest are still in Ukraine.