Shipping professionals fleeing mayhem in Ukraine are increasingly choosing Greece as the place to wait for the worst of the war to pass.

Ukrainian shipping companies and brokerages have moved a considerable number of their staff to Athens or Piraeus.

“Including families, I’d say there are at least 500 people here,” said Maksym Khaulin, ship management director at Intresco, who has brought his children, wife, parents and company to Athens.