Dry cargo shipowners´association Intercargo urges members of the Joint Coordination Centre for the Black Sea Grain Initiative to further extend the humanitarian initiative when the current extension expires on March 18th.

The agreement also calls for the facilitation of safe navigation for exports of fertilizers, including ammonia. These shipments have not yet commenced, and Intercargo warns that they are essential to avoid a global food availability crisis in 2023, due to continued high fertilizer prices.

“Those who find themselves in the most need must not be paying the highest price for this tragic conflict,” Intercargo says.

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners also reminds all operators of the importance of using all resources available to ensure safety of navigation, and to continue to put the safety of bulk carrier crews to the forefront of any commercial decision.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met yesterday with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who visited Ukraine for the third time since the beginning of the war.

During the talks in Kyiv, the two parties focused primarily on security issues-ways to restore Ukrainian, European, and global security, as well as the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

António Guterres emphasized the importance of continuing the Grain Initiative and efficient use of the Black Sea export infrastructure, in accordance with its purpose.

From his side President Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of continuing to support the Ukrainian humanitarian initiative Grain from Ukraine, which has raised almost USD 200 million, and sent over 140 thousand tons of Ukrainian grain to countries suffering from hunger.

“I am confident that together with the UN, we can significantly strengthen this initiative, just like the Black Sea Grain Initiative,” the Head of State said.