The prospect of leaving his home port of Odesa on a bulker through the mined waters of the Black Sea holds few fears for Viktor Komarov.

War is already uncomfortably close for the experienced chief engineer, who heard a Russian missile fly past his home at the weekend before it exploded 30 seconds later.

The 65-year-old is currently without a job but is a rare example of an experienced Ukrainian seafarer who is available for work.