Why did the "Academician Chersky" advance to Germany
Crane-mounting pipe-laying vessel “Academic Chersky”, recently arrived in the Baltic from the Far East and stood for four days 30 km from the city of Baltiysk (Kaliningrad Region) in the Gdansk Bay, anchored and headed to the port of Mukran (Germany). This is evidenced by data from marine monitoring resources and navigation services.
It should be noted that the port of Mukran is located on the island of Rugen, the logistics terminal of the Nord Stream-2 project, where the pipes for the gas pipeline are stored, is also located there. Nord Stream 2 has three more strategic locations: in the ports of Hanko and Kotka (Finland) and in Karlshamn (Sweden).
At the same time, the Fortuna pipe-laying barge (TUB), owned by MRTS, with an anchor 12-point positioning system for the construction of offshore pipelines, is already located in the port of Mukran. And now, according to the automatic identification system (AIS), KMTUS “Akademik Chersky”, owned by Gazprom Fleet LLC - 100% of the “daughter” of PJSC Gazprom, is sent. It is likely that the ships will be loaded with pipes.
We remind you that the Nord Stream-2 project is at the final stage of implementation. The most problematic place is the unfinished 140-kilometer section of the gas pipeline off the island of Bornholm (Denmark). So it will be just logical if the pipes for its completion will be taken from the nearest place, i.e. from the logistics terminal near the port of Mukran, where the pipe layers gather to complete the construction.
- Photos used: https://www.nord-stream2.com/