Secretary-General Kitack Lim notes Black Sea Grain Initiative implementation
progress and vital role of seafarers. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has
highlighted the significant progress on the implementation of Black Sea Grain
Initiative and critical role of seafarers in delivering global trade, during a
visit to Odesa, Ukraine.
on Monday (29 August), Secretary-General Lim was able to gain first-hand
experience of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and hear how ship safety and port
management is being implemented.
“I appreciate the UN and all other
stakeholders for the establishment of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and its
excellent implementation. The initiative has paved the way to allow
significant volumes of grain exports to move from three key Ukrainian ports in
the Black Sea,” said Mr. Lim.
Lim boarded the MV Helga, one of the ships inspected under the Black Sea Grain
Initiative and approved to journey to Odesa to pick up grains from Ukraine for
deeply appreciative to see the strong commitment of the seafarers to support
the Initiative. The safety and well-being of seafarers is my top priority. I am
pleased that the designated maritime humanitarian corridor under the initiative
is allowing seafarers to do their job and deliver vital foodstuffs. IMO
instruments, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS)
Code, underpin safe and secure shipping everywhere and especially through the
Black Sea,” Mr. Lim said.
Secretary-General was hosted by Mr. Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of
Infrastructure in the Government of Ukraine and the two had a fruitful
discussion during the visit.
start of the conflict in Ukraine, IMO’s priority has been to support the
welfare of seafarers, recognizing that the need for international shipping to
move freely and unhindered is critical to the continuous operation of global
supply chains, for the benefit of all peoples of the world.
Sea Grain Initiative specifically allows for significant volumes of foodstuffs.
The Joint Coordination Centre has been established in Istanbul, with
representatives from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Türkiye, under United
Nations auspices, to coordinate the safe passage of ships of all flags.