Black Sea Grain Initiative – Progress Report – August 1 to September 12, 2022
Since August 1 2.7 million metric tons of grain and other foodstuffs were transported from Ukraine through the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Here is the progress report prepared by the Joint Coordination Center which closely monitors the inward and outward movement of vessels across the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea.
Black Sea Grain Initiative was launched by the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations on July 22, 2022 to enable the resumption of Ukrainian exports of grain, other foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia, via a safe humanitarian maritime corridor from three key Ukrainian ports, Chornomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny/Pivdennyi, in the Black Sea to the rest of the world. The Initiative is based on the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, (SOLAS) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) was established under the Initiative in Istanbul and includes high-level representatives from the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations.
At noon on September 12, 2.7 million tonnes of grain and other foodstuffs were shipped from the three Ukrainian ports. So far, 53% of the cargo has been corn, 23% wheat, 12% sunflower products, 6% barley, 5% rapeseed, 1% soybeans, the rest being other products.
Destinations: 28% to low- and middle-income countries1: Egypt (10%), Iran and India (5%), Sudan and Kenya (2%), and Djibouti, Lebanon, Somalia and Yemen (1%); 27% to upper middle income countries: Turkey (19%), China (8%) and Bulgaria (
On September 2, the FAO announced that world food prices had fallen for the fifth consecutive month. The FAO Cereal Price Index fell 1.4% from August, a decline due to a 5.1% fall in international wheat prices reflecting improved production prospects in North America and the rest of the world. the Russian Federation as well as the resumption of exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
Since August 1, the JCC has allowed the safe movement of 122 trips from Ukraine and 144 trips to Ukraine. As part of its responsibilities, the JCC closely monitors incoming and outgoing vessel movements through the Black Sea Maritime Humanitarian Corridor. On several occasions, he observed vessels deviating from the corridor and he reacted appropriately by contacting the captains and advising them to follow the coordinates. In some cases, the CCC has made formal contact in writing when the same vessels have deviated multiple times. The JCC also provides pre-transit briefings to incoming captains during the inspection process in Istanbul. The CCM continues to assess and review the procedures put in place to ensure the safe passage of vessels through the maritime humanitarian corridor. On August 25, the CCM revised the maritime humanitarian corridor and published new procedures.
A first UN world food program-chartered vessel, BRAVE COMMANDER (IMO 9136931), moored in Djibouti on August 30 for supporting the response to the drought in the Horn of Africa. A second WFP-chartered ship, KARTERIA (IMO 9236092) loaded with 37,500 metric tons of wheat sailed on August 30 and docked in Türkiye on September 3, where the wheat will be ground into flour and shipped to Yemen in two different ships. This flour will then be loaded onto another ship which will head for Yemen to support the World Food Program’s humanitarian response there. A third WFP-chartered vessel, IKARIA ANGEL (IMO 9194397) is en route to Chornomorsk, where it will load 30,000 metric tonnes of wheat bound for Djibouti, further supporting humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa.