STORY: Abdullah Jendi, junior engineer aboard of the cargo ship 'Razoni', told Reuters he was scared that shelling could hit the vessel any moment:
"Every day the alarm would go off in the port and we would feel that we were in danger, as we were scared that by mistake the ship would be hit.”
The vessel will anchor off Istanbul on Tuesday (August 2) afternoon and be inspected by a joint team of Russian, Ukrainian, United Nations and Turkish representatives, according to Turkish Defence Ministry.
Jendi, said all the crew were happy to be moving after their prolonged stay in Odesa. He had not seen his family in more than year.
He described how crew members tried to ease their minds after struggling with food supplies when the first war broke, reaching Odesa's city center and checking the news hoping for an agreement that would allow the to depart.
Ukrainian presidential officials have said 17 ships are docked in Black Sea ports with almost 600,000 tonnes of cargo, mostly grain.