The first civilian ship passed through the Ukrainian humanitarian corridor, leaving the port of Odessa. This is the container ship Joseph Schulte, sailing under the flag of Hong Kong, informed Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov. Now the ship is heading to the Bosphorus, the President said Vladimir Zelensky.
He called it an important step to restore freedom of navigation in the Black Sea.
Earlier, Ukraine officially informed the International Maritime Organization about the operation of this corridor, the President noted.
“The IMO reaffirmed Ukraine’s sovereign rights to regulate navigation and called on Russia to stop threats and abide by international conventions,” Zelensky wrote.
Ukraine has just taken an important step towards restoring freedom of navigation in the Black Sea. The first civilian ship passed through the new Ukrainian humanitarian corridor, leaving the Odesa port. It is now heading for the Bosphorus.
Earlier, Ukraine officially informed the International Maritime…
— Volodymyr Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa) August 16, 2023
The head of the Ministry of Infrastructure said that the container ship had been in the port of Odessa since February 23, 2022.
There are more than 30,000 tons of cargo on board the ship – 2,114 containers, including food, Kubrakov said.
According to him, the corridor will primarily be used to evacuate ships that were in the ports of Chernomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny at the time of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.
The official recalled that the last time the vessel left the port of Odessa as part of the Grain Deal on July 16.
He published a photo showing the ship and the Vorontsovsky lighthouse in the port of Odessa.
The movement of the ship can be tracked using the site MarineTrafficwhich provides real-time information on ship movements and the current location of ships in harbors and ports.
According to the site, the ship is located near the Romanian city of Sfintu Gheorghe.
The ship should arrive at its destination at 10:00 on 17 August.
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