The pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky left the port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands and went to the Egyptian Port Said, according to The Myshiptracking portal.
The ship left Nakhodka in mid-February and went to Singapore, after which it repeatedly changed its destination.
Since 2016, Akademik Chersky has been operated by Gazprom Flot LLC.
Sanctions against “Nord stream- 2”
At the end of last year, the US authorities adopted a defense budget that provides for sanctions against companies involved in the implementation of “Nord stream -2.” Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.
After that, the head of the Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak noted that the Russian side is considering the Akademik Chersky as a possible option for completing construction, but the preparation of the vessel will take some time.
“Nord stream -2” involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Some states, in particular Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and the United States, opposed the project. Kyiv was afraid of losing revenue from the transit of Russian gas, and Washington is interested in promoting its LNG on the European market.
The Baltic countries and Warsaw, in turn, consider the gas pipeline “politically motivated.”
At the same time, Moscow, as well as Berlin and Vienna, have repeatedly stressed that the “Nord stream- 2” is an exclusively commercial project and is aimed at improving the energy security of European States.