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10 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:27 GMT+2

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Agreement signed for cereal exports from ports of Odessa Oblast

Lim: IMO instruments are the basis of this agreement

Today in Istanbul, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ministers of Russia and Ukraine have signed the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the UN plan to reactivate the cereal exports from Ukraine via the Black Sea in order to to avert the risk of famines worldwide and to stabilize the spiral in food prices. The agreement paves the way for food exports from the three Ukrainian ports of Odessa, Chernomorks and Yuzhne, all located in Odessa oblast and all under the control of Ukraine.

Satisfaction with the signing of the agreement was expressed among others by Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN agency that oversees the maritime transport issues and which participated in the weeks of negotiations to reach an agreement. 'The safety of ships and seafarers - said Lim in occasion of today's ceremony - it remains my top priority, IMO instruments, including International Ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code - he specified - are the basis of this agreement for safe and secure browsing through the Black Sea. I commend the efforts of all those involved, in in particular the Member States of the IMO, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine'.

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