Currently, the low rate of ship exits from ports remains
The reason for this is the deliberate actions of Russian inspectors to delay ships in the Bosphorus, the Seaports Administration notes.
In January, Ukraine exported 25% less agricultural products through the “grain corridor” than in December. The reason lies in the deliberate actions of Russian inspectors to delay ships in the Bosphorus. This was announced by the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration (USPA) on Sunday.
The report says that in January the ports of Big Odessa handled 77 ships and sent 3 million tons of agricultural products to the countries of Africa, Asia and Europe, while in December this figure was 97 ships and 3.7 million tons of agricultural products.
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine noted that the critically low rate of ships leaving ports (2.5 ships per day) continues to persist. For comparison, in October this figure was 5.7.
According to the agency, the SKC plans to conduct 10 inspections a day, but Russian inspectors successfully complete only half of them.
“In January, 204 inspections were carried out, of which 173 were successful, another 31 inspections were not completed due to the premature and unauthorized end of the working day by Russian inspectors at 15:30 (work is regulated until 17:30) or claims to documents that were not having to be checked by the SKC,” the department added.
In addition, the registration of ships to participate in the initiative is being slowed down. With more than 80 ships declared, representatives of the aggressor country register 2-3 ships per day without explaining the reasons. As of February 4, 120 ships are waiting for inspection in the territorial waters of Turkey (98 – entering the ports for loading, 22 – with agricultural products for the exit).
In total, over the six months of the “grain corridor” operation, the ports of Big Odessa sent 691 ships with 19.7 million tons of food: the port of Chornomorsk – 285 ships – 7.3 million tons, the port of Odessa – 215 ships – 5.2 million tons and the port of Pivdenny – 191 ships with 6.6 million tons of food.
Recall that the UN said that there are difficulties with the Black Sea grain initiative, but it is not blocked, and work is underway to continue it.
In addition, over the past week, deliveries through the grain corridor fell by a third. At the same time, 117 ships are in line in the Bosphorus due to Russia’s actions.
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