A shipment of Ukrainian corn stranded in Istanbul

FILE – The Lady Zehma is seen in this photograph from June 24, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Cengiz Tokgöz, via VesselFinder.com)

A large cargo ship carrying Ukrainian grain was stranded in Istanbul’s Bosporus and had to be rescued early Friday morning.

According to reports, Turkey’s Directorate General of Coastal Safety tweeted that a cargo ship with 173 meters of length had gotten stranded off the coast of Bebek because of a problem with its rudder. A rescue was conducted by coastal safety boats in the busy strait. The ship, Lady Zehma, was towed through the strait and it reopened.

The cargo ship left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk under the terms of a United Nations-brokered deal that allows the safe transport of Ukrainian grain. This is the first time something has gone wrong with the grain shipments since they restarted last month.

The Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul, which is responsible for such shipments, authorised Lady Zehma to move with 3,000 metric tons of corn to Ravenna, Italy. The ship is currently anchored in the Marmara Sea off Istanbul.

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