First Wheat Ship Bound For Africa Leaves Ukraine

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Lebanese-flagged bulk carrier Brave Commander, has left the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, carrying the first cargo of humanitarian food aid bound for Africa. The ship carries 23,000 metric tons of wheat. The ship is expected to arrive to the Horn of Africa in two weeks.

KYIV AUGUST 16: The ship, the Lebanese-flagged bulk carrier Brave Commander, has left the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, carrying the first cargo of humanitarian food aid bound for Africa from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion. The ship carries 23,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi.

Ukraine’s grain exports have slumped since the early start of the war because of the closure of its Black Sea ports and sparking fears of food shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

Three Black Sea ports were unblocked last month under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. Brave Commander left for the Horn of Africa port of Djibouti. The vessel had been chartered in the framework of the UN World Food Program. Brave Commander is expected to arrive in the Horn of Africa in two weeks.

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry said it was working with the UN on increasing “food supplies for the socially vulnerable sections of the African population”.

Ukraine can export 3 million tonnes of grain from its ports in September and be able eventually to export 4 million tonnes a month, said Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Vaskov.

Ukraine have receive applications for 30 ships to come to its ports in the next two weeks to load grain while the total export volume so far is about 600,000 tonnes.

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