The Polarnet, seen here in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, carries 12,000 tonnes of corn.
KYIV, Ukraine: The first cargo ship to reach its final destination after leaving Ukraine under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv docked in Turkey on Monday, Kyiv said, while a shipment due in Lebanon reported delays.
Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, was forced to halt almost all deliveries after the Russian invasion, but Black Sea exports have recently restarted under a brokered deal by the UN and Turkey.
The Turkish cargo ship – the Polarnet – which has reached its final destination left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk last week with 12,000 tons of corn.
It arrived in Turkey as scheduled after being inspected by the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) established in Istanbul under the international agreement signed last month, Kyiv said.
“This first successful implementation of the grain agreement means there is room for optimism about future transport,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov was quoted in a ministry statement as saying. .
The statement did not give the ship’s destination, but the shipfinder.com website gave its location as the port of Derince, Turkey.
The Turkey-UN-brokered deal lifted the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports and set conditions for millions of tonnes of wheat and other grains to start flowing out of silos and ports.
The Razoni was the first ship to leave Ukraine under the deal.
It left the port of Odessa on August 1 carrying 26,000 tonnes of maize and was expected in Tripoli in Lebanon this weekend but has yet to reach its destination.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon explained on social media that the shipment was delayed after the original buyer refused delivery, citing a five-month shipment delay.
“The sender is therefore looking for another recipient. This may be in Lebanon or in another country,” he added in a statement on Twitter.
Eight ships have left Ukrainian ports since the agreement was signed, Kyiv said on Monday, and it hopes between three and five ships will be able to depart daily within two weeks.