The Russian military escorted Gazprom Fleet supply vessels, which will participate in the construction of Nord Stream-2, EADaily writes.
In the Mediterranean Sea, Russian vessels were escorted by the Vasily Bykov corvette, following to the Baltic Sea for a parade in honor of Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg.
The portal notes that from the Indian Ocean to the Suez Canal, ships were led by the frigate Admiral Grigorovich and the tugboat Professor Nikolay Muru.
The Gazprom Fleet includes the Ostap Sheremet and Ivan Sidorenko vessels. According to the navigation portals Marinetraffic and Vesselfinder, on June 24, they approached Malta and made a stop for refueling.
It is noted that nearby was the Solitaire pipe layer, which laid Nord Stream-2, but stopped work after the adoption of US sanctions. Ostap Sheremeta and Ivan Sidorenko should arrive at the Strait of Gibraltar on June 30.
The tasks of the Gazprom Fleet’s vessels include, among other things, ensuring the construction of gas pipelines. In the German port of Mukran, there are Russian pipe layers Akademik Chersky and Fortuna, capable of completing the Russian gas pipeline. It is assumed that for this each of them will need at least two support vessels.
Nord Stream-2 involves the construction of two pipelines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The United States is actively opposing the project, promoting its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
At the end of 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on the project, requiring construction companies to immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of construction.
In Russia, they said that they could complete the project on their own, for example, with the help of the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying machine. The ship has already arrived in Germany.