OCHA / FOOD VESSEL INSPECTION

03-Aug-2022 00:04:33
The first shipment of over 26,000 tons of Ukrainian food under a Black Sea export deal was cleared to proceed today towards its final destination in Lebanon. OCHA
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STORY: OCHA / FOOD VESSEL INSPECTION
TRT: 04:33
SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 03 AUGUST 2022, ISTANBUL, TÜRKIYE
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1. Med shot, inspection team boarding on a ferry
2. Various shots, inspection team boarding on a ferry
3. Various shots, merchant vessel Ranzoni
4. Various shots, inspection team boarding on the merchant vessel Ranzoni
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“Today, we conducted the first-ever inspection of a ship in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the Joint Coordination Center. The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the vessel was carrying no unauthorized cargo or personnel.”
6. Various shots, inspection team, crops
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“The Joint inspection team have representatives from Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the United Nations.”
8. Various shots, Kenney looking at the vessel’s map
9. Various shots, inspection team talking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“After our inspection, we concluded that there were no discrepancies in the vessel, and we've cleared the vessel to proceed.”
11. Med shot, Kenney, and other team members in the vessel
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“Well, the evolution with the motor vessel Razoni was a proof of concept to evaluate the procedures that we can develop in the Joint Coordination Center, learn lessons, and move forward so that we can continue to get grain out of the Odesa ports. We'll take back the lessons that we've learned. We'll evaluate them. We'll see if any procedures need to be altered and move forward from there.”
13. Various shots, Kenney and other team members inspecting corn
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“We expect that we'll be able to continue moving very soon. We're still in the policy development phase while we're conducting operations, which is somewhat similar to driving a car while you're building it as you're speeding down the highway. But where we're making excellent progress, there's been a lot of cooperative, coordinated effort by all parties, and we'll keep operating.”
15. Wide shot, Kenney and other team members walking
16. Med shot, Kenney, and other team members inspecting the vessel
17. Close up, grain
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Frederick J. Kenney Jr., Interim Coordinator for the UN, Joint Coordination Centre (JCC):
“One of the important factors to consider here is that a lot of the vessels that are operating in the Ukrainian ports and have been since February are loaded with cargoes and may be destined for ports that are not particularly in need of food. But it's critically important that we open up the pier space in the ports so that we can bring empty ships in to be loaded with grain and get them to the places that desperately need it.”
19. Med shot, crops
STORYLINE
The first shipment of over 26,000 tons of Ukrainian food under a Black Sea export deal was cleared to proceed today towards its final destination in Lebanon.

A joint civilian inspection team comprising officials from the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine, and the United Nations visited the merchant vessel Razoni this morning.

Checks on cargo and crew were conducted on behalf of the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), set up in Istanbul under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed on 22 July.

This marks the conclusion of an initial "proof of concept" operation to execute the agreement. Three ports in Ukraine are due to resume the export of millions of tons of wheat, corn, and other crops at a time of global food insecurity.

The Razoni arrived at anchorage in Istanbul yesterday evening after sailing from Odesa port on 1 August as the first commercial vessel carrying grain under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The Initiative facilitates the export of food and fertilizer from Ukraine under close monitoring.

The team carried out a three-hour inspection and confirmed that crew and cargo were authorised and consistent with the information the JCC received before the vessel sailed from Odesa.

The joint inspection team had the opportunity to discuss with the crew and gain valuable information on the vessel's journey along the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea that the JCC agreed on.

The JCC will use this voyage in its ongoing work on fine-tuning procedures and processes to continue safe passage of commercial vessels across the Black Sea under the Initiative.
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