two merchant ships bound for Ukrainian ports to load grain they have arrived at dawn this Wednesday to the coast of Istanbul, where they anchor waiting to be inspected to verify that they are not carrying weapons, before continuing on their route.
The Joint Coordination Center (JCC), established in Istanbul to ensure compliance with the agreement signed last month by Moscow and kyiv to unblock grain exports, confirmed that its experts will carry out the inspections today.
“The Petrel S and Brave Commander ships will be inspected in the Sea of Marmara and, if approved, will set sail for Chornomorsk and Yuzhni (Pivdenniy), respectively,” a United Nations statement said.
Both ships passed the Bosphorus this morning, coming from the Black Sea, to anchor in the Istanbul roadstead in the Sea of Marmara, where JCC inspections are now being carried out.
The Petrel S, which has arrived from the Turkish port of Trabzon, It is a freighter 120 meters long and with a capacity of 19,000 tons of cargo, which sails under the Liberian flag.
the brave commander, with a Lebanese flag and a length of 150 meters, it can load 23,000 tons.
It is the third and fourth shiprespectively, leaving for Ukraine to load cerealswhile so far, 12 cargo ships with corn, sunflower products and soybeans have set sail from Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhni, the three Ukrainian ports authorized by the agreement.
Three of them, the Mustafa Necati, the Sacura and the Arizona, will be inspected today at the Marmara Sea roadstead, says the United Nations statement, while the Riva Wind, the Glory and the Star Helena already received approval yesterday. .
Furthermore, the first vessel to sail under the agreement, the freighter Razoni, which was inspected in Istanbul a week ago, has not yet arrived at port to deliver its cargo of corninitially destined for Tripoli in Lebanon.
“According to the information communicated by the charterer of the corn on board the Razoni, the buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to the delay in delivery (more than five months),” the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said in its account on Monday. Facebook.
“So the charterer is now looking for a new client to unload the cargo either in Tripoli or in any other country or port,” he added.
After waiting a few days in waters between Turkey and Cyprus, the Razoni headed yesterday to the Mersin roadstead, a port in southeastern Turkey, where it remains anchored about four miles from the coast, according to maritime tracking applications, and continues still without declaring a new destination. (YO)