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The return of "Chersky" and the Suez incident. March Chronicles of "Nord Stream 2"

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Photo: © Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2


Spring exacerbation


March 2021 year. In general, the first spring month for Nord Stream 2 turned out to be one of the quietest ever since the resumption of pipe laying. However, in parallel with this, there was a tightening of the sanctions pressure on the project from the United States.

As you know, in February, the US State Department actually limited the list of those falling under the new sanctions to the pipe-laying barge TUB "Fortuna" and its owner KVT-Rus. This was reported to Congress with a reminder that both the barge and the ship owner were already on the list of sanctions under another law - on countering America's adversaries through sanctions (CAATSA).


However, this was not enough for the Republican congressmen, and they not only severely criticized the US State Department and personally Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (pictured), but also prepared a list of ships that, according to open sources, are involved in the construction of the pipeline. It includes 15 vessels, including the "Fortuna", and the crane-assembly pipe-laying vessel KMTUS "Akademik Chersky".

1 – 7 March. In the first week of March, oil prices rose to new highs in more than a year. The market took into account the preservation of restrictive quotas for oil production by the participants in the OPEC + agreement.

Permission to increase production levels taking into account the seasonal factor was granted only to Russia and Kazakhstan (see. OPEC + - a counter plan for Russia). At the same time, Saudi Arabia extended the voluntary production cut by 1 million barrels per day until April 2021.

TUB "Fortuna" these days led the construction of "Nord Stream-2" in the waters of Denmark at a record pace. Meanwhile, Gazprom announced its readiness, together with Shell, to supply the first "green" - that is, a completely carbon-neutral batch of LNG to Europe.

Also, together with the former Nord Stream 2 partner Wintershall Dea, the concern plans to transport hydrogen mixed with natural gas through existing gas pipelines. This promotes decarbonization and will help protect previous infrastructure investments.

9 March. After almost a month and a half in the port of Wismar in northern Germany, the second pipelayer of the stream, Akademik Chersky, has emerged from it, preparing to join the project. The Danish Maritime Agency has included KMTUS in the notice to mariners regarding the construction of the gas pipeline.

Previously, Akademik Chersky was considered the main pipelayer of the Nord Stream 2 project.

10 March. At a hearing in the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the US administration is considering the possibility of applying additional sanctions against participants in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Republicans in Congress intend to push for stronger sanctions on the project, while Democratic President Joseph Biden aims to improve relations with Germany. During the hearings, E. Blinken was criticized for the insufficient, in the opinion of the congressmen, the implementation of sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

The diplomat mainly responded to the attacks of the Republicans with assurances that the US administration considers the project harmful, and promises to study the issue of additional sanctions. Anthony Blinken believes that the Russian-European project violates the principles of EU energy security and endangers the economic and strategic situation for Ukraine and Poland.

The US administration is considering the possibility of applying sanctions against the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG, the sole shareholder of which is Gazprom.

Storm breaks


6 March. A storm in the Baltic Sea put all work on the construction of Nord Stream 2 on pause. But the very next day, all work returned to the previous schedule. Meanwhile, KMTUS "Akademik Chersky", as expected, arrived in the area of ​​the Curonian Spit.

12 March. TUB Fortuna again suspended the construction of Nord Stream 2 in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Denmark due to unfavorable weather conditions.


For the same reason, KMTUS "Akademik Chersky", located in the area of ​​the Curonian Spit, moved closer to the border of the territorial waters of Russia.

The head of the press service of the US State Department Ned Price said at a regular briefing that the US administration will comply with the requirements of US legislation and introduce new sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project, if additional legal entities involved in the construction of the gas pipeline are calculated within the allotted three months.

15 March. After the next spring storm in the Baltic calmed down, TUB Fortuna returned to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Danish EEZ. KMTUS "Akademik Chersky", which is promised the role of the main pipe-layer, returned from the border of the territorial waters of Russia to the test site farther from the coast in the Curonian Spit.

17 March. It became known that the Akademik Chersky, who arrived on March 9 from the port of Wismar to the area of ​​the Curonian Spit, continued testing, and is also preparing for certification. KMTUS works with the use of so-called dynamic positioning systems, the use of which was demanded by Germany.

17 – 19 March. Optimism on the oil market has dried up - oil has lost more than 8% in price since the beginning of the week. The reasons were both problems with vaccinations and new lockdowns in Europe, as well as concerns about growing stocks and a slow recovery in demand.

The scandalous statements by US President D. Biden about Russian President Putin and Russia's interference in the US elections brought down the blue chips of the Russian stock market.

19 March. Due to another storm, TUB "Fortuna" again suspended the construction of a gas pipeline in the Danish EEZ. At the same time, the Murman multifunctional rescue vessel, which had previously accompanied the Akademik Chersky KMTUS, arrived at the construction site, which is to begin construction by the end of March 2021.

The return of "Chersky" and the Suez incident. March Chronicles of "Nord Stream 2"

Murman arrived for exploration in the place where in December 2019, due to US sanctions, the construction of the first string of the gas pipeline was stopped by the pipelayer Solitare, which belongs to the Swiss company Allseas, which left the project.

Safety first


22 – 28 March. The oil market was in a fever all week. The jump in oil prices reached 6 percent amid concerns about falling demand in Europe due to the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, slow rates of vaccinations, rising US stocks and other problems.

However, the blocking of the Suez Canal due to the grounded mega-dry cargo ship Ever Given was a factor that stopped the decline in quotations.

On the night of March 24, 2021, the container ship Ever Given, while moving along the Suez Canal, allegedly due to a strong crosswind, was deployed, as a result of which the bow and stern of the vessel went deep into the left and right banks of the canal, blocking the vessel.


Photo: Maxar Technologies

The traffic on the canal was stopped due to an accident. As of March 26, 2021, more than 150 other ships have gathered in the queue to pass through the canal. Financiers estimated that up to 50 ships carrying $ 9,6 billion worth of goods passed through the waterway every day.

Prior to that, in the Gulf of Suez, the bulk carrier Ark Royal under the flag of Barbados made a bulk on the Baltic oil tanker. fleet Russian Navy "Cola".

On the same day, at a press conference following a meeting with German Foreign Minister H. Maas, which took place on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, US Secretary of State E. Blinken said that the United States and Germany remain at odds on the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project. ".

E. Blinken recalled that Germany is one of the closest allies of the United States, but America will not allow deep disagreements on a separate project to impede work on other issues for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

25 March. Taking advantage of the improved weather, TUB Fortuna continued construction of the second string of Nord Stream 2. The second pipelayer "Akademik Chersky" continued testing in the area of ​​the Curonian Spit.


26 March. The head of the Gazprom board of directors Viktor Zubkov (pictured), answering questions from the press in Berlin, said that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed in 2021. At the same time, the Russian concern will continue to transit gas through the Ukrainian gas transportation system, and Gazprom is not expected to revise the terms of the contract.

29 March. The container ship Ever Given, retired in the Suez Canal, was tugged north towards the lakes. There will be a technical inspection of the vessel. This was announced on Monday by the Suez Canal Administration.

Actually, it's a great fortune that a container ship is stuck in the narrowness of the Suez Canal, and not some tanker. Although it could have been possible to pump out a little oil faster than to remove a couple of hundred containers, and even more so to pump out the sand from under the grounded giant.

The main conclusion that can be drawn from a sigh after taking a container ship aground is that you have to be very careful with LNG. Even with global warming, the Northern Sea Route will remain a much more risky route compared to the Suez Canal.
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  1. antivirus
    antivirus April 1 2021 10: 04
    +1
    you always have to be careful - even when sitting down on the toilet - and here the channel and pipeline SP2. as you sit down, so you get off.
    the struggle is for profits in banks - everything else is dust and scraps from those payments.
    we are losing the fight, or, in the best case, the profit does not decrease - and the partners grow faster.
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee April 1 2021 10: 25
      +3
      "Fortune" at work
      1. Vladimir Mashkov
        Vladimir Mashkov April 1 2021 12: 50
        +2
        A lot has been piled up, but - the most important thing - "Chersky" went to completion. He immediately glanced - he was southeast of Bornholm. We are watching! smile
    2. Terenin
      Terenin April 1 2021 10: 54
      +8

      Oh how "logical" winked

      Started for "health" drinks
      The return of "Chersky" and the Suez incident ...
      and, finished for "rest" crying
      Even with global warming, the Northern Sea Route will remain a much more risky route compared to the Suez Canal.
    3. Free wind
      Free wind April 1 2021 11: 08
      -2
      The boy climbed onto the apartment toilet with his feet, well, no one said that they were sitting on the toilet with their booty. The toilet burst, the dude was impaled on a stake. Dead. Not at all joke.
    4. Private89
      Private89 April 1 2021 19: 05
      +1
      I wonder who we are? The current bourgeois government is losing this fight. As if a simple person from the joint venture saw something from the first, from the second.
  2. svp67
    svp67 April 1 2021 10: 06
    +3
    Actually, it's a great fortune that a container ship is stuck in the narrowness of the Suez Canal, and not some tanker.
    Especially a gas carrier or a bulk carrier ... that would be a story.
    1. prior
      prior April 1 2021 10: 17
      +6
      Well, this is a direct hint for international terrorists, if you want to organize a global crisis, cut off two channels, Suez and Panama, that's all.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine April 1 2021 10: 53
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      Especially a gas carrier or a bulk carrier ... that would be a story.

      The bulk carrier can be unloaded, but the LNG carrier cannot be unloaded.
      1. svp67
        svp67 April 1 2021 13: 40
        +1
        Quote: tihonmarine
        You can unload the bulk carrier,

        Into the channel?
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine April 1 2021 14: 07
          +1
          Quote: svp67
          Into the channel?

          On pontoons.
  3. Woodman
    Woodman April 1 2021 10: 10
    +10
    The main conclusion that can be drawn from a sigh after taking a container ship aground is that you have to be very careful with LNG.
    Considering that LNG is not mentioned anywhere else in the article, the conclusion is more than strange.
    Even with global warming, the Northern Sea Route will remain a much more risky route compared to the Suez Canal.
    The NSR is not a canal - you can't block it with one container ship ...
    1. Overlock
      Overlock April 1 2021 10: 37
      +22
      Quote: Lesovik
      Considering that LNG is not mentioned anywhere else in the article, the conclusion is more than strange.

      This is in terms of "pump gas through the pipes"
    2. vvvjak
      vvvjak April 1 2021 10: 41
      +7
      I was also surprised by the conclusion. We talked about the SP-2 and the container ship in the Suez Canal, and the conclusion is that the NSR is dangerous. What is it for?
      1. Turist1996
        Turist1996 April 1 2021 13: 34
        +1
        Yeah, the conclusion in the article: "There is an elderberry in the garden, and in Kiev there is an uncle."
        The conclusion "very" related to the whole article ...
    3. antivirus
      antivirus April 1 2021 12: 41
      0
      The NSR is not a canal - you can't block it with one container ship ...

      - in one word, you can block - "not democratic" way. this is how they make pancake cans
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 April 1 2021 10: 14
    +2
    So big ships and problems can create big ones.
    And so, the pipeline is being built. When finished, there will be other problems, minke and K, they will take care of that.
    1. cniza
      cniza April 1 2021 12: 06
      +5
      Pipeline transport is the most profitable, safe and reliable, no matter who says anything ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 April 1 2021 12: 08
        +1
        It is possible in different ways, we will not be limited in options! We also need a gas-carrying and oil-loading fleet.
        1. cniza
          cniza April 1 2021 12: 13
          +3
          Adjacent, read duplicate, types of transport are always needed, there are no options here ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 April 1 2021 12: 31
            +1
            Both options can work in parallel ... there are always those who wish for such a product and for a long time.
            1. cniza
              cniza April 1 2021 13: 59
              +3
              Naturally, both quality and reliability increase ...
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 April 1 2021 14: 33
                +1
                The main demand is for the goods, and the buyer stands up for the reliability of supplies. This is a plus for us.
                1. cniza
                  cniza April 1 2021 15: 08
                  +3
                  So the case in the channel is a plus for us, so they will lock it up and will not reach it ...
                  1. rocket757
                    rocket757 April 1 2021 15: 12
                    +1
                    Ours and so on the channel go much less than others! This is not our "life" artery.
                    1. cniza
                      cniza April 1 2021 15: 17
                      +3
                      And for Europe it is very important ...
                      1. rocket757
                        rocket757 April 1 2021 15: 27
                        +1
                        For China too, for India, and others, different ...
                      2. cniza
                        cniza April 1 2021 15: 29
                        +3
                        This is interconnected, but Europe also receives energy resources, so JV 2 becomes even more important for them ...
                      3. rocket757
                        rocket757 April 1 2021 15: 34
                        +2
                        Ha, even if it's frosty, even if it's hot, you need a lot of energy, it's obvious ... you need energy!
                        Even for the transition to green technologies, the intermediate stage will drag on until ... but fig knows how long!
                      4. cniza
                        cniza April 1 2021 15: 50
                        +3
                        Here is my opinion, all green technologies are a fashionable hobby and nothing more, it will not solve energy problems ...
                      5. rocket757
                        rocket757 April 1 2021 16: 00
                        +2
                        We are dealing with a stubborn donkey, which is hiding for a beautiful carrot !!! Until he breaks his legs and picks up other bumps in the skin, he does not slow down !!!
                        Moreover, because of the okey, they beckon, call on, or even start threatening ... this is serious.
  • Overlock
    Overlock April 1 2021 10: 38
    +24
    Construction and then full-fledged operation! Here is the final decision of SP-2. Until then .... discussing the prospects
  • Pavel57
    Pavel57 April 1 2021 10: 45
    0
    Quote: prior
    Well, this is a direct hint for international terrorists, if you want to organize a global crisis, cut off two channels, Suez and Panama, that's all.

    ... or even better, to detonate a small nuclear charge allegedly stolen from the USSR warehouses,
  • bar
    bar April 1 2021 11: 00
    0
    "Akademik Chersky" continued testing in the area of ​​the Curonian Spit

    It looks like this music will be eternal ...
    This mysterious carp will use up its resource in round-the-world travels and endless trials without even starting construction.
    1. unaha
      unaha April 1 2021 13: 25
      -2
      "DW News, 31.03.21/2/XNUMX." Germany will abandon Nord Stream XNUMX in the fall. "
      -the chancellor and the ruling coalition will be replaced in autumn;
      -Favorites for leadership - green;
      - "green" chancellor;
      - there is no economic benefit and need for the SP-2 for the EU;
      -Germany can do without Russian gas at all;
      -SP-2 - a project to cut Gazprom's investment program between Putin's friends, no more. "- The" mysterious karap "is awaiting a denouement - it may not be needed ...
      1. bar
        bar April 1 2021 17: 45
        +1
        Quote: unaha
        - there is no economic benefit and need for the SP-2 for the EU;
        -Germany can do without Russian gas at all;

        Of course there is no need. Only over the winter, the EU emptied all its UGS facilities. And spot prices have jumped at times. But of course there is no need, they are switching to "green energy". And as soon as they completely switch over and close their coal-fired thermal power plants, the need for gas will disappear altogether. "And many believe" (c)
        This is the first thing. And secondly, the SP-2 project does not at all imply increase gas supply is just a rerouting. The same Germans fully understand that depending on the supply of energy resources from the unstable country 404 neklmilfo, you can freeze. The Ukrainian GTS has long developed a resource, no one is going to invest in its repair, and accidents on it are already beginning to slowly begin. And so yes, the EU does not have a need for an SP-2, but at least Germany has this need, and she is not alone in this.
        1. unaha
          unaha April 2 2021 08: 04
          -1
          “It's just that over the winter, the EU emptied all its UGS facilities. And spot prices jumped at times” - so what? Not enough gas?
          "The same Germans fully understand ... but at least Germany has this need" - do you decide for the whole of Germany what they understand and what they need?
  • tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 April 1 2021 11: 01
    +3
    Yesterday Chersky had 2,5 miles to go to Murman, which stands at the tip of the A. Fortuna branch, and has already covered 43 km along the B branch; on March 0, she set a daily record by laying 1745 meters of the Stakhanovtsy pipeline. The port of Mukran was not afraid of sanctions and loads pipes onto supply vessels. The correct idea was that the Register of Russia will probably carry out the certification. And the insurance will also be provided by the Russian insurer. All the ships are Russian, then they will be on Russian projects, because of this they are not cold, not hot.
    1. antivirus
      antivirus April 1 2021 12: 45
      -1
      it's just an independent policy - and how many fears got out ................. and this is without
      restrictions on the import of milk and meat, auto and air and railway and the Unified State Exam
  • knn54
    knn54 April 1 2021 11: 02
    +2
    - for the benefit of the people of the two countries.
    "Because joint work, for my benefit - it unites." (Cat Matroskin)
  • From Tomsk
    From Tomsk April 1 2021 11: 15
    +1
    Occupied Europe will not be able to be independent for a long time.
  • 123456789
    123456789 April 1 2021 12: 30
    0
    March 1-7. In the first week of March, oil prices rose to new highs in more than a year. The market took into account the preservation of restrictive quotas for oil production by the participants in the OPEC + agreement.

    The breakeven of oil production in the Permian Basin of Delaware is no longer 49, as before, but $ 53 / barrel
    TUB "Fortuna" returned to the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the Danish EEZ.

    There was not enough space in the sea to build a gas pipeline - e "effective managers laughing
    It became known that the Akademik Chersky, who arrived on March 9 from the port of Wismar to the area of ​​the Curonian Spit, continued testing, as well as preparing for certification.

  • 123456789
    123456789 April 1 2021 12: 37
    0
    Quote: tihonmarine
    Quote: svp67
    Especially a gas carrier or a bulk carrier ... that would be a story.

    The bulk carrier can be unloaded, but the LNG carrier cannot be unloaded.

    What could be simpler - bleed all the gas into the atmosphere laughing
  • 123456789
    123456789 April 1 2021 12: 42
    0
    Quote: Free Wind
    The boy climbed onto the apartment toilet with his feet, well, no one said that they were sitting on the toilet with their booty. The toilet burst, the dude was impaled on a stake. Dead. Not at all joke.

    We had a similar case, the dude survived, but his wife kicked out hi
  • Roman070280
    Roman070280 April 1 2021 12: 59
    -1
    Return of "Chersky"

    How much has he already walked back and forth in the last year ??
    The Kakly say that he takes out our pensions to Europe .. is it true or not ??)
  • BAI
    BAI April 1 2021 13: 02
    0
    There is one more ambush on the work map - a seabird nesting site.
  • 123456789
    123456789 April 1 2021 13: 49
    +1
    The readiness of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as of March 31 is 95%, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG.

    “As of March 31, 2339 km (out of 2460 km) were laid, or 95% of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It remains to lay about 121 km (5%) of the total length of the gas pipeline, ”the company said.