The Ukrainian Grain Ship Heading For Lebanon Has Gone Missing


The Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon reported on Monday, August 15th, that the location of the Razoni ship is currently unknown. The information is allegedly confirmed by two sources in the shipping industry. 

This was the first grain ship to leave the port of Odesa after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

The ship, transporting 26.000 tons of corn for chicken feed, had its cargo sold several times, as the initial Lebanese buyer refused to accept its cargo because it was delivered much later than originally agreed upon.

For the last three days, the tracker unit on the ship has been turned off. The last known location of the ship was on the coast of Cyprus. 

The ship docked in Mersin, Turkey on August 11th, but when it left the harbor, the tracking unit had not been turned back on. 

According to Reuters, two sources in the shipping industry have reported that the ship is headed towards the Syrian harbor Tartous. 

Ukraine has earlier accused Syria of importing 150.000 tons of grain, which Ukraine accused Russia of plundering from Ukrainian storage after the Russian invasion. Russia denies having stolen any grains from Ukraine. 

Diplomatic connections between Syria and Ukraine stopped in June of this year, as Syria recognized the regions Luhansk and Donetsks’s independence. 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Transportation stated through the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon that neither the ship nor its cargo is under Ukrainian responsibility after it has left the Ukrainian harbor.

Related: The 1st Ship Carrying Grain From Ukraine Is Finally Heading To Lebanon

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