The 17th vessel chartered by the United Nations World Food Program has left the port of Odesa under the Black Sea Grain Initiative that established a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The Deniz M bulk carrier will deliver 30,000 tons of humanitarian wheat to Ethiopia.

"Over 0.5 million tons of Ukrainian wheat have already been delivered to needy countries in Africa and Asia under the auspices of the UN WFP," the statement said.

According to the statement, three ships carrying 112,400 tons of agricultural products to Africa and Asia left the ports of Greater Odesa on 22 March. They include the BC Callisto bulk carrier, which is carrying 30,500 tons of wheat to Algeria, and the Ioannis Theo bulk carrier, which is carrying 52,000 tons of wheat to Vietnam.

Four vessels are traveling through the humanitarian maritime corridor to load 122,000 tons of agricultural products.

According to the statement, 833 ships carrying 25.3 million tons of Ukrainian agricultural products to countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa have left the ports of Greater Odesa since 1 August 2022.