A cargo ship with corn, which was the first ever to sail from Ukraine last week, docked in Turkey. The ship was originally headed to the port in Tripoli, Lebanon. However, the original person interested in the cargo withdrew from the agreement and it was necessary to find a new one, which was done in Turkey. The ship Razoni, sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone, left the port of Odessa on August 1 with a cargo of 26,000 tons of corn. Last weekend, she was expected in the Lebanese port of Tripoli, where she did not arrive. The Ukrainian authorities informed that the original Lebanese buyer refused the delivery until it was at sea, which he justified by the five-month delay caused by the Russian invasion. The Razoni docked – according to data on the websites of the location of the vessels at sea – in the port of the southern Turkish city of Mersin after being anchored off the coast there for several days. The Middle East Eye news website quoted a representative of the shipping company as saying that a Turkish buyer had been found for the corn shipment. “The cargo (was) sold… they will unload it in Mersin,” he said. As a result of the Russian invasion, around 25 million tons of wheat and other grains were stuck in Ukrainian Black Sea ports. The war in Ukraine has also caused a global increase in food prices and raised fears of impending hunger and political instability in developing countries. Finally, on July 22, Ukraine and Russia separately signed an agreement with Turkey and the United Nations aimed at ending the Russian blockade and allowing the re-export of grain from Ukraine’s three Black Sea ports, from which 12 skilled ships have sailed since then. According to Frederick Kenney from the UN, these ships mainly transported corn and not wheat, since at the time of the Russian invasion, the corn crop was stored in the silos. However, Kenney added that wheat deliveries will follow, which should leave Ukraine within the next week. (TASR)
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