Today, on January 14, the Fortuna pipe-laying barge left the German port of Wismar for the Danish island of Bornholm to resume the construction of Nord Stream 2. The pipeline, the shortest section in Danish waters, still has 47 kilometers to go.
Around midday Moscow time, six tugboats from the port of Wismar set to tow the pipe-laying barge “Fortuna” into the Baltic Sea. The barge will make the 150-mile trip to the Nord Stream 2 start-up point. It is south of the island of Bornholm on the border of Danish territorial waters.
The Danish Maritime Authority reported that this is the day the pipeline from Russia to Germany is scheduled to resume construction in Danish waters. The Danish Energy Agency confirmed to TOP NEWS that it had received a new work schedule from the operator of Nord Stream 2 AG.
The supply vessel “Baltic Explorer” is already at the starting point of work in Danish waters, the end of the laid pipeline string on the Russian side. Meanwhile, a whole fleet of Russian support vessels – the Umka, Ivan Sidorenko, Murman, and Vladislav Strizhov – are waiting for the resumption of construction work at the Nord Stream 2 base in the German port of Mukran.
Just over 150 kilometers of pipes left to be laid on both strings of the Baltic pipeline. The shortest section is 65 kilometers in Danish and German waters, the other is more than 85 kilometers.
The second string will obviously be built by the pipelayer Akademik Chersky, which is now anchored in Kaliningrad.
The works may take three to four months and Nord Stream 2 may be launched this summer.