A container ship laden with grain has reached Romanian waters in the Black Sea after departing from Ukraine's southern port of Odesa Wednesday.
The Hong Kong-flagged Joseph Schulte is the first vessel to use a temporary Black Sea shipping corridor established following the breakdown of a UN-brokered grain deal last month, according to Ukrainian authorities.
Data from MarineTraffic on Thursday showed the vessel traveling south toward the Turkish port of Ambarli. It is carrying more than 30,000 metric tons of cargo, including food products, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said Wednesday.
Some context: Russia pulled out of a UN and Turkish brokered deal in July that allowed Ukraine to move its grain via the Black Sea and warned that any ships headed to Ukraine would be treated as potentially carrying weapons.
Last week, the Ukrainian navy issued an order declaring "temporary corridors" for merchant ships sailing to and from Ukrainian ports. However, it admitted that the military threat and mine danger from Russia remained along all routes.
On Sunday, a Russian warship fired warning shots and boarded a Turkish-owned cargo ship it claimed was headed to Ukraine, in what Kyiv said was "an act of piracy."