The Joint Coordination Center within the framework of the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative allowed six ships to pass through the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea.
This information was published by the Voice of America with reference to the JCC, Ukrinform reports.
These ships are supposed to take grain from Ukraine which has been blocked since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
As noted, two of these vessels – MV Kafkam Etler and MV Zelek Star – have already been inspected in the Sea of Marmara and can head towards Chornomorsk, Odesa region, to get loaded.
Ships MV Great Arsenal, MV Zumrut Ana, MV Ocean S, MV Kubrosliy will leave for Chornomorsk port after inspection.
In addition, on Sunday, MV Star Laura was inspected and cleared for departure. On Saturday, MV Rahmi Yagci passed inspection.
According to the procedures agreed on by the JCC, all inspection participants coordinate work with their military and other relevant bodies. This is necessary "to enable the safe passage of commercial vessels within the framework of the Black Sea Grain Initiative."
"The Joint Coordination Center participants underscore that they will closely monitor the passage of ships with Ukrainian grain through the maritime humanitarian corridor," the statement reads.
As reported, Ukraine, Turkey, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres signed the initiative on the safe transportation of grain and food products from the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny at the proposal of the United Nations in Istanbul on July 22.
Ships carrying grain from Ukraine for export are protected by a special buffer zone of 10 nautical miles (about 18.5 km).