Gazprom pipe-layer Akademik Cherskiy left the German port of Mukran (where the logistics terminal of the Nord Stream 2 construction project is located), according to data from ship movement control systems.
The vessel has now anchored approximately four miles (6.4 km) south-east of the port.
‘Akademik Cherskiy’ came to Mukran three weeks ago from Russian territorial waters, where he was standing at the roadstead of Baltiysk port a few days after crossing from Nakhodka. There the vessel replenished fuel, provisions, and water, and took on board additional crew members.
The crane pipe-laying vessel ‘Akademik Cherskiy’ is expected to be used to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. Construction of the pipeline by European contractors has been halted due to US sanctions. As Elena Burmistrova, deputy chairman of Gazprom’s board of directors, stated in January, the project “Nord Stream 2” will be completed by the Russian side.
“Gazprom bought this vessel in 2015 in order to be independent of foreign contractors and sanctions risks when building its new export pipelines. The ship came to Russia in 2017 and since then it has been undergoing modernization and retrofitting at the Nakhodka shipyard.