First bulk carrier departs Odesa

The 29,292 dwt Razoni bulk carrier departed from the port of Odesa this morning, becoming the trial first vessel to transit the Black Sea from Ukrainian waters in more than six months since war broke out with Russia.

The 1996-built, Sierra Leone-flagged ship is bound for Lebanon and is one of more than 80 international vessels that have been stranded for more than six months. The ship, under convoy, will stop at Istanbul where under the terms of the agreement thrashed out between Ukraine and Russia 10 days ago it will be inspected.

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