Nord Stream 2 pipelayer Akademik Chersky returns to Russia | TOP-NEWS
Nord Stream 2 pipelayer Akademik Chersky returns to Russia

Nord Stream 2 pipelayer Akademik Chersky returns to Russia

The pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky is once again leaving German waters without starting the completion of Nord Stream 2 this time, too. Danish and German regulators so far indicate that the work will be carried out by the pipe-laying barge Fortuna, which is now in Wismar.

According to Vesselfinder, the pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky has again left the Nord Stream 2 completion area without starting pipe-laying. The ship is heading in the direction of the Curonian Spit, where it has been undergoing tests since October after being retrofitted and modernized.
 Akademik Chersky returns to Russia

The pipe-laying vessel had already made one voyage from the Curonian Spit to Bornholm Island before. However, it was back again. The ship may be certified to be eligible to build Nord Stream-2. In addition, there are opinions in the Network that the U.S. imposed sanctions against companies to certify the pipeline and on the pipelayer, “Gazprom” allegedly can try out a new certifier.

In any case, so far German and Danish regulators do not indicate in their reports that the Akademik Chersky will conduct the construction of Nord Stream 2. The Danish Maritime Authority said in a warning to the seafarers that work on the Danish section is scheduled to resume on January 15 and will be done with the help of the Fortuna. At the moment the ship is in the German port of Wismar, two hundred kilometers away from the area.

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Recall that in order to complete the “Nord Stream – 2” is left to complete a little over 150 kilometers: about 120 kilometers in Danish waters and a little over 30 – in German waters. In December, Fortuna was laying a small section of 2.6 kilometers in shallow water in Germany.
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TOP NEWS reported that the completion of Nord Stream 2 will start with a string that is more than 20 kilometers longer than the other. The longest section will probably be taken over by the Akademik Chersky later on. Unlike “Fortuna” it has a system of dynamic positioning and can lay pipes twice as fast as a barge.

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