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Russian Pipe-Laying Vessel Moves In To Complete Nord Stream 2

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Russian Pipe-Laying Vessel Moves In To Complete Nord Stream 2

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Russia is to potentially finish Nord Stream 2 soon, according to vessel-tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon, cited by Reuters.

This relates to the Fortuna pipe-laying vessel, not the Akademik Cherskiy one, which for a while was primed as the one to complete the construction.

According to the vessel-tracking data, the Fortuna pipe layer left Mukran, where pipes for the Nord Stream 2 are stored on July 14th and is now moving in Danish territorial waters.

Fortuna is a pipe-lay crane vessel that was built in 2010 and is sailing under the Russian flag.

Gazprom, which leads the project refused to provide any comment.

Back in mid-June 2020, the Nord Stream 2 project applied for an amendment to its Danish construction permit that would allow pipe-laying work using a broader variety of vessels.

The request relates to the potential deployment of pipe-laying vessels that use anchors for positioning.

The initial permit permit — issued by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) in October 2019 — allows only for the use of vessels with dynamic positioning systems, meaning that they would not be required to drop anchor to carry out pipe-laying work, to reduce the risk of setting off unexploded ordnance. The DEA had said this was a “key” condition of the permit.

On July 13th, The Danish Energy Agency said it would allow the Gazprom-led project to use pipe-laying vessels with anchors instead of the more advanced vessels using self-positioning technology, which are affected by U.S. sanctions.

Initially, Swiss-Dutch company Allseas was laying the pipeline by using two vessels: Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire. It, however, halted work to avoid U.S. sanctions after they were announced in December 2019 in an attempt to impede the construction being finalized.

U.S. lawmakers have been seeking more sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project, which the United States sees as further undermining Europe’s energy security by giving Russian gas giant Gazprom another pipeline to ship its natural gas to European markets.

The U.S. sanctions on the project have divided Europe, with Germany criticizing the U.S. interference in Europe’s energy policies and projects.

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  • Cromwell
    • occupybacon

      C’mon this is Jeff Bezos

  • occupybacon

    Well, if Russians manage to finish this project, I can’t but congrats them.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Russia and Germany will additionally have to guard against US/UK false flag operations , where a barrel of Sarin or other chemical substance that matches the German chemicals dumped in the deep sea trench after WW2.

    I can easily forsee a ‘leaky barrel’ of chemicals being transported to the pipeline operations area in or on a small tactical submersible by the US/UK or a proxy.

    • RichardD

      Hopefully the law of reciprocity will deter that.

      • FlorianGeyer

        I thought that the Danish Pro-US Government roll over to allow ‘anchors’ to be used was rather odd. Were the Danes bribed by the Germans OR do the Danes expect a US/UK False Flag that would result in the Danes shutting down the pipeline project for a long time.

  • RichardD

    This is good news! And a win win situation for Europe and Russia.

    I’m going to be doing some line laying myself soon, and now have 700 feet of 500 pound lifeline with 500 pound quick links for ingress, egress and emergency steep grade transit. Which should be sufficient for the caldera op.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c61a811eab8b689ad5d0bdc2b2de2a0103ce2f3502318701f6818d48ee6303f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/657ecf9bcc15797a7f61cf04c6d7db1e0640b277f41bc3f8b0513a81975937b2.jpg

    • Black Waters

      You need to clean your keyboard and stop selling crap here, go to ebay or something like that.

      • RichardD

        Why are you being so antisocial and obnoxious?

        • JIMI JAMES

          Whats for sale?

    • SteLe

      Could you tell that is “caldera contact ops”? And what kind of guns are they?

      Sorry for my ignorance in this.

      • RichardD

        A PF-9 9mm compact pistol and a Sub 2000 .40 S&W folding carbine.

        I encountered what sounded like a ship field drive and then bigfoot vocalizations as I was reconning a difficult to access caldera at night with a dry lakebed three years ago that could serve as a LZ for bringing a ship in for rendezvous. I’ve geared up with thermal imaging capability and heavier weapons in preparation, and recovered from a hip issue since then. And will be running an overnight op in the caldera this summer to see if anything non conventional happens.

        I went over it in more depth on this thread if you’re interested in details:

        https://southfront.org/russian-tactical-innovations-and-syrian-experience/

    • That line looks it might be ok for assisting movement on a steep slope,but I wouldnt hang on it with full weight. You should have a 25 to 1 safety margin for life support, 25kN double locking carabiners and line. You probably know this already tho, just poasting this for the lurkers.

      • RichardD

        If it’s too steep in places I can use rope and sliding ascenders and descenders in those areas. Or go around them. It’s in large part to be able to go in and out with a heavier gear load, and to make it easier with a light gear load as well.

    • JIMI JAMES

      What are you doing now?

      • RichardD

        Getting ready to run an overnight op in a difficult access caldera where I had previous non conventional contact experience.

  • SteLe

    Yeah! As a German i can say this is most amazing news!
    Not having to wait till end of 2021 like it was said months ago..

    A big slap in the face of the US. Kind regards from Germany and Russia (And Denmark, even though Jens lives there).