STORY: As clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces echoed off the coast of Odesa last weekend, he became concerned, but Kinayer said his nervousness gave way to excitement as the ship, the Kaptan Cevdet, gets ready to leave, potentially in the coming days.
Kinayer's ship is one of dozens preparing to depart from three Black Sea ports blockaded by Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. The opening came after Moscow, Kyiv, Ankara, and the United Nations signed an export deal meant to ease concerns over the growing global food crisis.
Kinayer is a deck cadet learning how to be an officer in charge of a navigational watch. He says his harrowing ordeal is overshadowed by his love of the sea.