The first cargo ship sailed from the port of Odessa to sail within the new maritime corridor designated by Kyiv in the Black Sea, announced the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

“The Hong Kong-flagged container ship Joseph Schulte has left the port of Odessa and is sailing along the temporary sea lane designated by Kiev,” announced Oleksandr Kubrakov.

“The corridor will be used as a priority for the removal of ships that were in Ukrainian ports (Khornomorsk, Odessa and Pivdenii) during the large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation,” Kubrakov explained.

The ship carries a cargo of 30,000 tons in 2,114 containers.

The ship had been in the port of Odessa since February 23, 2022, one day before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine last week designated a “humanitarian corridor” in the Black Sea for the release of cargo ships stuck in Ukrainian ports.

Russia has threatened to consider ships sailing to or from Ukrainian ports as potential military targetsfollowing its withdrawal from the Black Sea grain export agreement.

However, the Joseph Schulte is owned by a Chinese bank and the shipping company Bernhard Schulte (BSM) and uses the sea lane by sailing in the territorial waters of Ukraine, Romania and Turkey, “to ensure the safe passage of ships to the south,” it said in announcement by BSM.