First Ukrainian ship under grain deal will not dock in Lebanon on time – embassy

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The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni, carrying Ukrainian grain, sails through the Bosphorus en route to Lebanon, in Istanbul, Turkey August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya

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BEIRUT, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The first grain ship to leave a Ukrainian port under a deal brokered last month will not arrive in Lebanon on Sunday as scheduled, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said.

The Razoni left Odessa on the Black Sea early last Monday carrying 26,527 tonnes of corn and was due to dock in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Sunday, according to Ukrainian officials and Lebanese port authorities.

But the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon told Reuters on Sunday that the ship was “delayed” and “not arriving today”, without any details on a new arrival date or the cause of the delay.

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Shipping data on MarineTraffic.com showed the Razoni off the coast of Turkey on Sunday morning.

The ship’s bill of lading, a copy of which was seen by Reuters on Sunday, showed the expected arrival date on Tuesday and listed the cargo’s destination as “on order”, which generally means a ship’s cargo can be transferred from one owner to another. Next.

Lebanon’s transport, agriculture and economy ministers all told Reuters last week they did not know who was buying the grain on board the Razoni.

The shipment was made possible after Turkey and the United Nations brokered a grain and fertilizer export deal between Moscow and Kyiv last month – a rare diplomatic breakthrough in a long war of attrition.

The UN had warned that halting grain shipments from Ukraine through the Russian-dominated Black Sea could cause epidemics of famine around the world.

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC), which will oversee the export of Ukrainian grain, said the ship would be used as a trial, with information from Razoni’s crew being used to refine procedures for future shipments.

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Reporting by Maya Gebeily; Editing by Susan Fenton

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