The Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon said that the contract for the sale of the first shipment of grain exported by Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion has been canceled due to delays in delivery.
Razzoni, the Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, departed at 1Verse August, the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea with a load of 26,000 tons of corn, and was supposed to dock at the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Sunday.
However, the five-month delivery period “led the buyer and sender to agree to cancel the order,” the Ukrainian embassy explained Tuesday evening in a press release published just before midnight.
According to her, the sender is considering “other purchase orders”.
According to the maritime traffic tracking website, Razzoni was examined last week by Turkish and Russian experts off the southern Turkish city of Mersin.
Russia and Ukraine signed two separate agreements on July 22, ratified by Turkey and the United Nations, to allow exports of Ukrainian grain halted by the war that began on February 24 and Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated, that three shipments of maize left, on Friday, in a convoy bound for Ireland, England and Turkey.
On Monday, the first ship docked at its final destination, Turkey.
A total of eight ships have sailed since the agreement was signed, according to Ukrainian authorities, who hope three to five boats will be able to leave a day within two weeks.