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First commercial ship leaves Ukraine with grain

01 Aug 2022


 OCHA Ukraine spokesperson, Saviano Abreu reports from the Odesa port 

The first commercial ship, M/V Razoni, since February has sailed from Odesa port in Ukraine for Lebanon, carrying 26,527 tons of corn. “The departure is a collective achievement of the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) set up in Istanbul under the auspices of the United Nations, and comprised of representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Türkiye.” said Secretary-General António Guterres.

M/V Razoni is  the first vessel to depart under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed in Istanbul, on 22 July.  Mr. Guterres said, “Ensuring that existing grain and foodstuffs can move to global markets is a humanitarian imperative.”
The JCC has agreed to the specific coordinates and restrictions of the Safe Humanitarian Maritime Corridor and has communicated those details in accordance with international navigation procedures.
The JCC has requested all its participants to inform their respective military and other relevant authorities of this decision to ensure the safe passage of the vessel.
The JCC has also verified the capability of the vessel to depart and of the port readiness in Odesa prior to this authorization.
The JCC is monitoring the safe passage of the vessel through the Safe Humanitarian Maritime Corridor.

In line with the humanitarian spirit of the initiative, the World Food Programme (WFP) is also planning to purchase, load and ship an initial 30,000 tons of wheat out of Ukraine on a UN-chartered vessel.  WFP will have more details in the coming days.