A small vessel that defied a Russian blockade of Ukraine’s blocked deep-sea ports at the weekend began its return journey on Tuesday.

Vessel trackers and sources confirmed that the 3,300-dwt Resilient Africa (built 2001) had left the port of Chornomorsk. Ukrainian officials said it had 3,000 tonnes of wheat on board and was heading south towards the Bosphorus.

A MarineTraffic entry suggests it could be heading towards Israel.