Russian Vessel Resumes Nord Stream 2 Pipe Laying

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A second Russian vessel has now begun laying the almost-complete Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters, says an article on SP Global.

Adakemik Cherskiy

The Adakemik Cherskiy which has dynamic positioning capabilities allowing for speedier pipelaying has joined the Fortuna pipelayer carrying out work south of the Danish island of Bornholm in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“After successful sea trials, the pipelay vessel Akademik Cherskiy has started to pipelay works in the Danish EEZ,” the Nord Stream 2 developer said in emailed comments on April 27.

Fortuna Pipelayer

The pipelay barge Fortuna is continuing pipelay works. The Fortuna, which uses anchors in pipelaying meaning a slower rate of work, resumed operations in Danish waters on Feb. 6.

The Akademik Cherskiy departed from the port of Wismar in Germany on March 4 and spent almost four weeks offshore Kaliningrad before carrying out sea trials in Danish waters.

It had long been considered as a likely candidate to lay some of the remaining pipelines and arrived at the German port of Wismar on Jan. 24.

Wismar- last port

Wismar was also the last port of call for the Fortuna before it resumed pipelaying work in Danish waters in February.

Nord Stream 2 has submitted the relevant notification to the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) to use the Akademik Cherskiy for pipelaying offshore Denmark.

According to a DMA notice to seafarers, work is being carried out by the Fortuna and Akademik Cherskiy, assisted by the construction vessels Baltiyskiy Issledovatel and Murman.

The notice is valid until September 2021.

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Source: SP Global

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