Around 82 ships with 418 seafarers remain
stuck around Ukrainian ports despite the opening of a U.N.-backed sea corridor
to ship grains with efforts to get the mariners sailing still stuck, shipping
industry officials said on Thursday.
The agreement reached in July, creating a
protected sea transit corridor, was designed to alleviate global food
shortages, with Ukraine's customers including some of the world's poorest
However, the initiative only involved dry
bulk ships around three Ukrainian ports with dozens of other vessels including
oil tankers not able to access the corridor and awaiting approval to leave
while waterways remain controlled by Russia and other ports are blocked by
According to analysis by the International
Chamber of Shipping (ICS) six ships, which had been stuck since Moscow's Feb.
24 invasion of Ukraine, had been able to leave Ukraine before the corridor was
announced in July.
corridor was made only for the purpose of loading the grain to leave," ICS
Chairman Emanuele Grimaldi told a news briefing.
"You can understand they (Ukraine) are
at war and there are mines around."
At the start of the conflict in late
February approximately 2,000 seafarers from all over the world were stranded
aboard up to 94 vessels in Ukrainian ports.
Grimaldi said the ICS, which represents
over 80% of the world's merchant fleet, had discussions this week with U.N.
shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to speed up
is not easy and a complicated matter," he said.