The Akademik Chersky pipelayer headed towards Nord Stream 2. The Danish Energy Agency has reported, citing the operator’s schedule, that the vessel plans to start completing the second string of the gas pipeline in Danish waters at the end of March.
The pipelayer Akademik Chersky left the area of the Curonian Spit near Kaliningrad and headed towards Nord Stream 2. According to the Vesselfinder navigation portal, this afternoon, March 30, the vessel left the area where it was undergoing sea and pre-operational tests and went along the route that it had previously taken to Germany.
The supply vessels Vengery and Ivan Sidorenko left the Curonian Spit before the pipelayer in the direction of Nord Stream 2. The “Akademik Chersky” himself indicates since March 4 that he is at work at sea. Therefore, the exact direction of movement is unknown.
Something else is known. The Danish Energy Agency reported that completion of the second string of Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters will begin in March.
“I can confirm that we have received an updated schedule from Nord Stream 2 AG for line A. It says that work on the pipeline will begin this month,” Tore Falbe-Hansen, head of press service of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), told TOPNEWS
Branch A contains the longest unfinished section of Nord Stream 2: 68.5 kilometers in Danish waters and 16.5 kilometers in German waters. Even earlier, in early March, the ship left the German port of Wismar and arrived at the Curonian Spit near Kaliningrad. Operator Nord Stream 2 AG announced that the pipelayer will undergo sea and pre-operational tests and begin work in Danish waters.
Meanwhile, as reported by TOPNEWS, the barge Fortuna has already covered half – 24.5 km – of the unfinished section of Line B in Danish waters.
In February, the Danish Maritime Office clarified in a warning to seamen that the work on Nord Stream 2 (the second string) is planned to be carried out by the end of September and the pipelayer Akademik Chersky will participate in them.
The Akademik Chersky is a more technically suitable vessel for Nord Stream 2 and can lay up to two kilometers per day after retrofitting. Therefore, obviously, the deadline for completing the completion of branch A in Danish waters was taken with a gap, and the pipelayer will be able to complete it at the same time as “Fortuna” – at the end of May – June. In this case, Nord Stream 2 may be ready to launch by autumn.
Recall that the United States has imposed sanctions against the vessels of the project and the vessels of Russian companies are used on it. In addition, Washington has banned companies involved in the retrofitting of ships, insurance, inspection, testing, and certification of gas pipelines from participating in Nord Stream 2. It is not known whether Gazprom solved this problem. German media reported that Washington offered Berlin conditions under which it would not impose sanctions on project participants. Among them are guaranteeing that the gas pipeline will be cut off if Gazprom stops Ukrainian transit; an increase in Russian gas supplies through Ukraine; and investment in Ukrainian infrastructure for the production and transportation of hydrogen.