Following the Russian government’s announcement that it is suspending participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the International Chamber of Shipping, which represents 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, has issued a statement.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping, commented:
“The Black Sea Grain Initiative has been a global success since it was first brokered, ensuring the timely movement of food to where it is sorely needed. We hope that a solution can be found that ensures grain continues to move out of Ukraine, and that all those involved in its movement can be reassured about their safety.
“It is imperative that ships already in the grain corridor do not become collateral damage and are allowed safe passage. Furthermore, the safety of seafarers must remain a top priority, and all parties must give consideration to the crews who may now be stuck on board or in port due to factors beyond their control.
“ICS will continue to work closely with the JCC to ensure that the wellbeing of seafarers is not forgotten during this time.”
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As of Monday 31 October 2022, the ICS database shows that 346 seafarers remain aboard 65 vessels in Ukrainian ports. They have been there since March 2022. These figures are separate from those shared by the JCC of ships under inspection and waiting to join the corridor.
You can find the most recent update and JCC vessel figures here.