According to the marine navigation services and monitoring resources, some Russian vessels that may participate in the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline have begun to leave the construction site. This happened after information about the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared and indicates that the final implementation of the gas transmission project may be delayed.
After staying for two months in the port of Kaliningrad, the support vessel "Ivan Sidorenko" of the Gazprom Flot company left the berth and headed for St. Petersburg. It is now located off the coast of Estonia and is due to arrive in the northern capital on September 5, 2020. Before that, on August 27, 2020, the vessel of the Baltic Sea Rescue Service left Kaliningrad. Since August 30, 2020, it has been parked in St. Petersburg.
At the same time, the support vessel Ostap Sheremet of the Gazprom Flot company is still in Kaliningrad. The location of the main vessels, which are supposed to complete the construction of the gas pipeline, KMTUS “Akademik Chersky” and TUB “Fortuna”, also did not change. They are both located in Germany: "Akademik Chersky" in the port of Mukran, and "Fortuna" in the port of Rostock.
We remind you that in May-July 2020, Ivan Sidorenko and Ostap Sheremeta made the transition from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad to participate in the completion of the Nord Stream-2. At the same time, Baltic Researcher has already taken part in the construction of Nord Stream 2 and monitored the laying of the gas pipeline instead of foreign ships. For what reason "Ivan Sidorenko" and "Baltic Researcher" went to St. Petersburg is unknown.
Note that it remains to lay about 160 km of the gas pipeline in the Danish EEZ and off the coast of Germany, which is about 6% of its length.