Russian ship arrives in the Baltic for completion of SP-2

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Russian ship arrives in the Baltic for completion of SP-2

The ship “Akademik Chersky” left the Russian far eastern port of Nakhodka in early February and made a long transition.
The only Russian pipe-laying ship, the Akademik Chersky, arrived in the Baltic sea and anchored in the Bay of Gdansk, about 30 km northwest of the city of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. This was reported yesterday by Interfax with reference to data from the systems for monitoring the movement of sea vessels. It is noted that the military vessel that accompanied the “Academician Chersky” through the North and Baltic seas-the the rescue tug SB-123-continued its way to Baltiysk.

According to the Agency, Akademik Chersky does not plan to enter the port of Baltiysk. As expected, the construction vessel can refuel on the Baltiysk roadstead and take on Board an additional crew.

The Akademik Chersky left the Russian far eastern port of Nakhodka in early February. The ship skirted Africa from the South, bypassing the Suez Canal, and arrived in the Western enclave of Russia.

It is expected that this vessel can be used for the completion of the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline in the Baltic sea. Last winter, it was stopped at the 94% readiness stage due to the refusal of European contractors to continue work in connection with US sanctions.

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In February, Gazprom said it expected to launch Nord Stream 2 by the end of 2020.

Earlier this week, the media reported that Germany will not exempt Nord stream 2 from the EU gas Directive. If such a decision is made, it will cast doubt on the economic viability of the entire project.