Construction of the $10.5 billion, 1,230 km energy mega-infrastructure project is proceeding apace and is expected to wrap up in August. Work on Nord Stream 2 began in 2018, and it faced an uncertain future between 2019 and 2020 as Washington sought to sabotage it via sanctions and threats against its European allies.
The Akademik Cherskiy pipelaying ship left Danish waters early Monday morning and sailed into Germany’s exclusive economic sea zone to complete a 2.6 km section of pipeline for the second line of the Nord Stream 2 project, the operator’s press service has confirmed to Sputnik.
“All work is being carried out in accordance with permits which have been received,” the company said, confirming that Germany’s maritime authorities have published relevant notices for mariners.
According to MarineTraffic data, the pipelayer is now situated northeast of the German island of Rugen in a state of restricted maneuverability, with the Russian-flagged Fortuna pipelaying crane vessel, the Sivuch, Venie and Ostap Sheremeta offshore supply ships, the Murman salvage/rescue vessel and the Vengery multipurpose offshore vessel present in the vicinity.