The Fortuna pipe-laying barge capable of completing the Nord Stream-2 completion is changing the port and moving more and more away from the gas pipeline.
According to the navigation portal Vesselfinder, the Fortune pipe-laying barge left the port of Rostock, where it had been since late June, and headed for another German port, Wismar. It is to arrive there tomorrow, September 30. Now the ship, accompanied by four tugboats and one supply vessel, has gone on the raid in Rostock.
The port of Wismar is also located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, but even further from Mukran, which serves as a logistics center of “Nord Stream – 2” than Rostock.
Before that, since October 2019, Fortune had been in Mukran, considered the most suitable candidate for the completion of the pipeline, and the operator of Nord Stream 2 AG received permission from the Danish Energy Agency to use vessels with anchorage, which is the barge.
However, in June 2020, the pipe-laying barge left Mukran, and in August an official representative of JSC “Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy” told RBC agency that the company is not going to provide a pipe-laying barge “Fortuna” for the completion of “Nord Stream – 2”. “Joint Stock Company “Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy” (JSC “MRTS”) does not accept and does not intend to participate in the performance of works on laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea using the “Fortuna” pipe-laying barge or otherwise,” he said and added that the company is not the owner of “Fortuna”, but leases a ship under a bareboat charter agreement.
“Fortune” is considered to be the property of the Luxembourg Maritime Construction Services (MCS), the website of its Dutch division refers to the barge, but detailed information has disappeared.
At the end of last year, the U.S. imposed sanctions against the owners of pipe-layers that participate in “Nord Stream – 2”, and the ships of Allseas company left the project. In response, Gazprom brought from Nakhodka to Mukran a pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky, which until recently had been undergoing modernization and retrofitting at the German port. In order to complete the Nord Stream-2 construction, 160 kilometers of the gas pipeline in Danish and German waters remained to be completed.
For more details: https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2020/09/29/fortuna-uhodit-vse-dalshe-ot-severnogo-potoka-2.