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WFP-Chartered Ship Leaves Odesa with Grain to Afghanistan 29 September 2022

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STORY: WFP chartered ship leaves Odesa with Grain to Afghanistan

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/UKRAINIAN

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DATELINE: 29 September 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

 

21. September 2022

  1. Drone shot, Yuzhny port, Ukraine
  2. Medium shot, vessel BC Vanessa in Odesa port
  3. Medium shot, grain getting loaded in BC Vanessa
  4. Wide shot, BC Vanessa in Odesa port
  5. Medium shot, BC Vanessa in Odesa port
  6. Close up, anchor of BC Vanessa
  7. SOUNDBITE (English) – Dennis Malone, Representative Joint Coordination Center in Odesa: “What I am seeing with the Black Sea Grain Initiative is an increase in confidence, confidence in the shipping community, the commercial shipping community. We are seeing the price of shipping insurance reduced, we are seeing the quality of ships that are being used to come in to export the grain are increasing. We are also seeing an increase in confidence in the local community, in the farming community. They are starting to see that their grain is being exported, that the silos are being emptied and that they can start planning for future harvests”.
  8. Medium shot, crane loading grains into BC Vanessa
  9. Close up, crane loading grains into BC Vanessa
  10. Close up, crane loading grains into BC Vanessa
  11. Drone shot, winter seeds distribution on a field close to Yuzhny port
  12. Wide shot, farmer on his field with tractor
  13. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) – Vyachyslav Nevmerzhytskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Farmers of the Odesa region: Today, some of the largest ports in Ukraine are once again operational, they are working”.
  14. Pan over grain storage
  15. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) – Vyachyslav Nevmerzhytskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Farmers of the Odesa region: I am more concerned with the economic question. For the moment, the prices offered are too low. I would be selling at a loss because the cost to grow and produce the grain remains. So, if I agree to sell at these prices now then I would be making a loss. Therefore, this is a matter of survival, the financial survival of farm businesses”.
  16. Close up, grain mountain
  17. Wide shot, farmer in the filed with tractor
  18. Wide shot, truck drivers cleaning their trucks
  19. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian), truck driver: After the truck is loaded, it takes 3-4 hours for me to get here, ready for discharge. But I've been standing here now for 5 days, there is no movement, there is no administration, there is no one to explain how long we will stay here, what to do, to move, to go home... “
  20. Wide shot, truck driver passing by the line of trucks with port silos in the background
  21. Medium shot, departure of BC Vanessa in Odesa port
  22. Wide shot, BC Vanessa leaving the port
  23. Wide shot, BC Vanessa sailing on the sea

Istanbul, 28 September 2022

  1. Tugboat with JCC team arriving at BC Vanessa for inspection
  2. Medium shot, inspectors arriving on the BC Vanessa
  3. Medium shot, inspection of grain on the BC Vanessa
  4. Medium shot, inspection of grain on the BC Vanessa
  5. Medium shot, meeting of joint inspectors on the boat
  6. Close up, marking samples
  7. Wide shot, vessels waiting to get inspected
  8. Medium shot, BC Vanessa in Marmara Sea

 

Black Sea exports ramp up, bringing confidence to global commerce and food to most vulnerable

Two months since the Black Sea Grain Initiative kicked into action to help release desperately needed grain and fertilizer from ports in Ukraine and Russia, confidence is returning among global distributors as exports ramp up, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.

Described as a “beacon of hope” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the signing ceremony for the plan on 27 July in Istanbul with representatives from Russia and Ukraine, the agreement has made it possible for almost 240 vessels to leave Ukrainian ports with some 5.4 million metric tons of grain and other foodstuffs, since 1 August 2022.

“What I am seeing with the Black Sea Grain Initiative is an increase in confidence, confidence in the shipping community, the commercial shipping community,” said Dennis Malone, Representative at the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Odesa, for boats arriving and departing from the Ukrainian port.

“We are seeing the price of shipping insurance reduced, we are seeing the quality of ships that are being used to come in to export the grain are increasing. We are also seeing an increase in confidence in the local community, in the farming community. They are starting to see that their grain is being exported, that the silos are being emptied and that they can start planning for future harvests.” 

UN-chartered

One ship leaving Odesa earlier this week, the BC Vanessa, is the fourth humanitarian vessel to be chartered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) out of Ukraine.

Its precious cargo - 30,000 tonnes of wheat - is destined for Afghanistan, to alleviate the desperate humanitarian emergency there.

Previous UN-chartered shipments taking part in the initiative have delivered wheat to Ethiopia and Yemen. Commercial vessels have also reached destinations including Tunisia with more than 85,000 metric tons of wheat from Ukrainian ports since the agreement was signed, according to the JCC coordinating body.

One result of the deal has been a sharp drop in global food prices, which have allowed people to purchase grain more easily, once again.

Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, normally supplies around 45 million tonnes of grain to the global market every year.

‘Matter of survival’

After Russia’s invasion of the country on 24 February, mountains of grains built up in silos, with ships unable to secure safe passage to and from Ukrainian ports. Today, although sea routes are open again, serious economic challenges remain for the country’s farmers.

“For the moment, the prices offered are too low,” said Vyachyslav Nevmerzhytskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Farmers of the Odesa region. “Today, I would be selling at a loss because the cost to grow and produce the grain remains (higher). So, if I agree to sell at these prices now then I would be making a loss. Therefore, this is a matter of survival, the financial survival of farm businesses.”

Waiting game

Transporting the grain to the ports also remains incredibly slow. Truck drivers wait in kilometre-long lines to get reach Yuzhny port and some have been stationary for days.

“After the truck is loaded, it takes three to four hours for me to get here, ready for discharge,” one drive told UN News. “But I've been standing (here) for five days. There is no movement, there is no administration, there is no-one to explain how long will we stay here, what to do, to move, to go home.”

In line with the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Ukrainian vessels guide cargo ships seeking passage to and from Odesa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny through a maritime humanitarian corridor in international waters. Their task is to steer well clear of stretches of water that have been mined.

Once the ships near Istanbul, they are inspected by teams from another Joint Coordination Centre based in the Turkish city – as was the case for the BC Vanessa on Wednesday – with representatives from Russia, Türkiye, Ukraine and the UN all involved.

Loaded with humanitarian supplies, the vessel left today Istanbul’s waters, setting an easterly course for the Turkish port of Samsun, where its wheat will be milled.

The flour will then be shipped onto another vessel to Karachi and then transported by road to Afghanistan for distribution.

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