Potential Nord Stream 2 pipelayer tried to leave Germany

A potential pipelayer of “Nord Stream – 2″ ” Akademik Cherskiy” on Thursday, May 28, made an attempt to leave the German port of Mukran. This is evidenced by data from the Marine Traffic portal.

Three weeks ago, the vessel arrived in German territorial waters. In the morning of May 28, “Akademik Cherskiy” moved out of the port of Mukran to the south-east, but two hours later stopped and anchored.

Before arriving in Germany, the vessel changed its route several times. In February it left Nakhodka, and in early May it found itself in Kaliningrad, but had previously set sail for Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Port Said.

Igor Yushkov, a leading expert of the National Energy Security Fund, explained the repeated changes in the ports of destination of the “Academik Cherskiy” pipe-layer by his desire to avoid U.S. sanctions.

In December 2019, the United States introduced sanctions against Nord Stream-2. For this reason, the Swiss gas pipeline construction company Allseas withdrew its pipe-laying ships from the Baltic Sea and stopped their work. In response, the head of the Energy Ministry, Alexander Novak, noted that 2.3 thousand out of 2.46 thousand km of the pipeline have already been laid and the remaining section will be completed by Russia itself.

However, in mid-May, the German Federal Grid Agency refused Nord Stream 2 AG to withdraw the project “Nord Stream – 2” from the EU gas directive.