With the Ukraine grain business opening again after a United Nations-brokered safe passage deal, sale-and-purchase brokers see increased interest for bulkers to serve that trade.

“With hundreds of millions of people around the world dependent on … Ukrainian grain, there has been an uptick in enquiries for bulkers in an attempt to get in on the soon-to-be action,” Athens’ Doric Shipbrokers said on 30 July, when the resumption of the trade was imminent.

The first vessel to benefit from the UN agreement left Odesa on Monday — the Turkish-controlled, 29,300-dwt Razoni (built 1996), which is carrying a load of grain to Lebanon.