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First foreign-flagged ship arrives in Ukraine since Feb, awaits grain load

A foreign-flagged ship arrived in Ukraine on Saturday (Aug 6) for the primary time since the warfare began in February, and might be loaded with grain, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov mentioned.

Ukraine is beginning to resume grain exports in an effort overseen by a Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul the place Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN personnel are working.

The United Nations and Turkey brokered a deal after UN warnings of doable outbreaks of famine on account of a halt in grain shipments from Ukraine. Before the invasion, Russia and Ukraine collectively accounted for practically a 3rd of world wheat exports.

Kubrakov mentioned the Barbados-flagged normal cargo ship Fulmar S was in the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk.

“We are doing (everything) possible to ensure that our ports can receive and handle more vessels. In particular, we plan to reach the level of at least three to five vessels per day in two weeks’ (time),” he wrote on Facebook.

“This event is an important market signal that the (grain shipment deal) is a safe and, most importantly, profitable business opportunity for ship owners to return to Ukrainian ports,” he added.

Ukraine finally goals to ship out 3 million tonnes a month from its Black Sea ports, he mentioned.

Roughly 20 million tonnes of grain from final 12 months’s crops are nonetheless caught in the nation.