The Akademik Chersky pipelayer, which is capable of completing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has arrived at the port of Wismar in Germany. This is evidenced by data from the global vessel positioning system. Marine Traffic Saturday, January 23rd.
“Akademik Chersky” has been on the roadstead of the Curonian Spit near Kaliningrad since the beginning of December. In early January, the vessel approached the unfinished section of the gas pipeline off the Danish island of Bornholm, and then returned to Russia.
On January 21, the pipelayer headed from Kaliningrad to Wismar.
Another Russian vessel, Fortuna, is located in the area of the unfinished section of Nord Stream 2, south of the Danish island of Bornholm. It arrived there on January 22.
A few days earlier, it became known that the US government was going to impose sanctions against Fortuna and its owner, the Moscow micro-enterprise KBT-Rus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on January 21 that the use of extraterritorial US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 is “an inappropriate means,” such measures are unacceptable. Merkel added that Berlin will discuss the construction of the gas pipeline with the new US administration.
“Akademik Chersky” and “Fortuna” are participating in the pipe laying. The barge is equipped with an anchor positioning system and in December already built a 2.6 km gas pipeline in the German Exclusive Economic Zone.
Nord Stream 2 is being built from Russia to the Federal Republic of Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct and reliable gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The USA, the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine are against it.