The Lebanese buyer of the cargo of the Razoni, the first ship carrying grain to leave a Ukrainian port since the grain deal between Russia and Ukraine, has refused the cargo because the ship is five months late. The Razoni must now look for another port to unload the grain.
“According to the information provided by the shipper of the Ukrainian grain on board the Razoni, the buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to delivery delays,” the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said in a Facebook post. A new buyer is being sought in Lebanon, Tripoli “or in another country or port,” the embassy said.
The Razoni left the port of Odesa last week with 26,527 tons of maize. The ship was supposed to arrive in Lebanon on Sunday, but it changed its destination to the Turkish port of Mersin. The Razoni is currently at anchor off the south coast of Turkey, according to data from the ship tracking system Refinitiv.
Since the departure of the Razoni on August 1, 250,000 tons of maize has been exported from Ukraine on seven ships. That number is based on data from the Turkish defense ministry, Reuters news agency.
The implementation of the grain deal between Russia and Ukraine is overseen by a vice admiral of the Turkish navy and is handled from a coordination center in Istanbul. The deal was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, as grain exports from Ukraine via the Black Sea have virtually come to a standstill since the war.
There were fears of major food shortages and famines worldwide. Before the war, Ukraine transported some 6 million tons of grain per month and is one of the largest food exporters in the world.