First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion Departs Ukraine

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday August 1, 2022

A grain shipment has left a Ukrainian port for the first time since the Russian invasion at the end of February.

The Sierra Leone-flagged bulkerĀ RazoniĀ departed Odessa on Monday with a corn cargo to be taken to Lebanon, news agency Reuters reported. The shipment was the first since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion on February 24, which threatened the safety of commercial shipping in the Black Sea.

Last month Turkey and the UN brokered a grain and fertiliser export agreement between Russia and Ukraine allowing shipments to resume. Ukraine is a key supplier of global agricultural commodity markets, and its absence from these markets has been a significant factor in global food-price inflation.

The Turkish defence minister has said more shipments are set to follow Monday's.