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    Post  JohninMK on Thu May 07, 2020 10:59 pm

    On the move again. Heading to Germany just outside Polish territorial waters.


    MOSCOW, May 7 – RIA News.
    The Akademik Chersky pipelayer headed for the German port of Mukran, the Nord Stream 2 logistics center, where the pipes for the construction of the gas pipeline are stored, follows from the data from the Vesselfinder and Myshiptracking portals, which track ship movements. According to the portals, Academician Chersky is due to arrive in Murkan on May 8th.


    Media: Germany will deprive Nord Stream 2 of its immunity to the gas directive

    Earlier Thursday, the ship left the port of Kaliningrad and indicated the course to the German port of Lauffen.

    The port of Murcan on the island of Rugen serves as a logistics terminal for the construction of Nord Stream 2. At present, the port already has the Fortuna pipe-laying barge of the MRTS company, which also meets the technical requirements of the Danish authorities for the completion of Nord Stream-2.

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December reported that the use of Chersky is one of the options for completing the Nord Stream-2, but some time will be required for additional preparation of the vessel.
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    Post  kvs on Thu May 07, 2020 11:51 pm

    JohninMK wrote:On the move again. Heading to Germany just outside Polish territorial waters.


    MOSCOW, May 7 – RIA News.
    The Akademik Chersky pipelayer headed for the German port of Mukran, the Nord Stream 2 logistics center, where the pipes for the construction of the gas pipeline are stored, follows from the data from the Vesselfinder and Myshiptracking portals, which track ship movements. According to the portals, Academician Chersky is due to arrive in Murkan on May 8th.


    Media: Germany will deprive Nord Stream 2 of its immunity to the gas directive

    Earlier Thursday, the ship left the port of Kaliningrad and indicated the course to the German port of Lauffen.

    The port of Murcan on the island of Rugen serves as a logistics terminal for the construction of Nord Stream 2. At present, the port already has the Fortuna pipe-laying barge of the MRTS company, which also meets the technical requirements of the Danish authorities for the completion of Nord Stream-2.

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December reported that the use of Chersky is one of the options for completing the Nord Stream-2, but some time will be required for additional preparation of the vessel.

    EU-tards being EU-tards.   The only gas they will get from the yanquis in any volume is from Qatar.  

    These retards assume that Russia is desperate to sell natural gas to them and will take it up the ass to do so.   No you brain dead fucks,
    $14 billion can be earned elsewhere, easily.   In fact, the Power of Siberia pipeline is already eroding the EU market.    

    I expect the following response:

    1) Power of Siberia I will be doubled up or even tripled up.   This will take years less to do since the pathway through the wilderness
    including rock cuts have been done.   It is just a matter of laying pipe and expanding pump station capacity.   So at the very
    least this will mean 70 bcm per year piped east.

    2) Power of Siberia II is following another path which means it will eventually be doubled up as well.   Its planned initial capacity
    is 50 bcm/year.   So a doubled configuration means 100 bcm.

    3) There will be additional pipeline project designed to service Asia in addition to Yamal LNG and Sakhalin LNG.

    So by 2030 we may see 170 bcm of export capacity from pipelines alone (over 200 bcm in total) oriented east.   So Russia can
    fully shift its exports east.   This does not give EU-tards 10 years of frolic and play.   Russia can constrict its supply to the EU
    to say 100 bcm and let it eat 60 bcm of US (aka Qatari) LNG cake.   They should get some indigestion from this.   If they
    keep on pulling their Russia hate tantrums in 2030, they will be left to swirl the toilet bowl, which is where they properly belong.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Fri May 08, 2020 11:20 am

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Why-Is-Russian-Crude-So-Expensive.html

    Why Is Russian Crude So Expensive?


    One of the main reasons why the coronavirus-induced price slump feels so odd is that it is accompanied by a prolonged price war that has simultaneously dropped crude differentials, in many instances to levels unseen in the past 8-10 years. The price war was started by Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Saudi Aramco mid-March when it cut its April prices by $6-7 per barrel month-on-month, in a move that was at the time perceived as Riyadh’s claim to safeguard or even increase its market share come what may, a strategy that was continued with May-loading cargoes. Yet despite fears that Russia’s main export grade Urals will inevitably fall victim to such an aggressive Saudi marketing strategy, Urals’ allure has caught market watchers somewhat offguard.

    There is no sole reason why Urals has not declined further and followed the pricing curve of Arab Medium or Arab Light. As a matter of fact, if one is to look at the dynamics of Urals pricing chronologically, the underlying reason why Urals differentials should not plummet has changed over time. This being said, outright Urals prices have bounced back from their lowest in the last 20 years – Urals Baltics went as low as $11.59 per barrel on April 21 (see Graph 1) whilst on that same day Urals Med declined to $12.09 per barrel. From here both the Baltic and Mediterranean outright prices rose to their current level of $16-17 per barrel, to actual premia against Dated Brent and even Azeri Light.

    But let’s take a dive first into the pallid statistics of crude oil differentials. Data indicate (see Graph 2) that right after the Russia-Saudi Arabia axis broke down and the crude market went into an uncontrolled freefall, Urals differentials reacted in a way that was to be predicted by market analysts. Urals had no other option but to react on Saudi Aramco dropping April OSPs – if Urals Rotterdam averaged a $-1.8 per barrel and Urals Med averaged a $-1.2 per barrel discount in January-February 2020, the second half of March turned out to be a spectacular tailspin. By April 01, both the Mediterranean and Baltic Urals stood at a $-5.4 per barrel discount, yet instead of dropping even lower, Urals started to get off the ground.

    First, amidst Chinese crude demand coming back to life, Urals was supported by the remarkably beneficial economics of China exports. In the first days of April the ICE Brent – Dubai swap differential was at a whopping $6.20 per barrel discount which made long-haul voyages to Asia Pacific remarkably attractive for Chinese buyers. The end result of robust Chinese buying demand: a total of 19.7 MMbbls of Urals has set sail for China in April 2020, an absolute all-time high, beating the previous maximum by a whopping 7 million barrels. The total tally includes an unprecedented four VLCCs, all of which are en route to Shandong (of which three are going to Qingdao).

    Mid-April Brent-Dubai differentials moved back into premium, only to decline in multi-dollar discounts during the last days of April – expect further Chinese buying runs of Urals as it happens. Evidently, Urals is by no means the only residue-heavy grade coveted by Chinese refiners, the US-produced Mars has become a hit of recent Chinese purchases. However, there seems to be an organic barrier to further US purchases as most American output is very light, in fact too light for Chinese refiners. Potentially, Chinese demand might also be satiated by Arab Medium or Arab Heavy cargoes from Saudi Arabia, yet according to market reports there is only scant spare additional capacity for these grades, with Riyadh actively promoting Arab Light and Arab Extra Light instead.

    Thus, Russian exporters could more or less avoid European demand declining, only to return to it once the window of opportunity shut down. Fuel oil cracks have been very supportive towards Urals acquisitions in Europe, penalizing other Mediterranean and Baltic crudes with a higher gasoline and kerosene yield, yet that is only half of Urals’ recent differential anomaly. The other reason, one might argue a much more substantial one, is Russian producers cutting back exports in accordance with the OPEC+ agreements. Comparing April and May exports from Russia’s main European ports provides a telling case in point – based on the preliminary May schedule month-on-month loadings in Primorsk have dropped by 42% and in Ust-Luga by 32%, whilst Novorossiysk will witness a hefty 60% drop.

    Whilst coronavirus continues to paralyze Russia’s economy (President Putin has extended the lockdown until May 11, for the third time already, and most probably will be forced to do so at least once again as new cases still do not plateau), Russian exporters have been having a hard time placing their crude barrels – domestic demand has shrunk, storage is becoming ever-rarer so the only elegant way out is to bring forward field maintenance and cut exports. The only conduit not to see a massive May throughput cut will be ESPO – in fact, May loadings from Kozmino are headed for an all-time high of 0.765mbpd. The decision to keep ESPO supplies to Asia has obviously left an imprint on the Russian grade’s pricing, from a $2 per barrel premium to Dubai it went to $-4.70 per barrel in mid-April, only to reach its current level of a $-2.75/-3 per barrel discount to Dubai, i.e. the differential rebound was palpably smaller than in the case of Urals.
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    Post  kvs on Fri May 08, 2020 4:05 pm

    paralyze Russia's economy

    Another gem of BS from oilyprices dot com. lol1

    If they can't get such facts right, then what is the worth of the rest of their "analysis".

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri May 08, 2020 5:30 pm

    kvs wrote:
    paralyze Russia's economy
    If they can't get such facts right, then what is the worth of the rest of their "analysis".


    More like Anal-Cyst.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Sat May 09, 2020 7:29 pm

    https://www.neweurope.eu/article/germany-nixes-nord-stream-2-exemption-from-eu-gas-rules/

    Germany nixes Nord Stream 2 exemption from EU gas rules


    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) of Germany has sent a document to Nord Stream 2, the project company constructing a controversial pipeline from Russia to Germany, noting that it plans to reject its application for exemption from the EU gas directive, as the gas pipeline does not comply with the provisions of German law on the energy sector, which would free it from regulation, since its construction has not yet been completed.

    BNetzA indicated that they would not issue a derogation from the rules of the Gas Directive because in their view the criteria of “completed” had not been fulfilled by May 23, 2019, when the amended Gas Directive entered into force.

    Katja Yafimava, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, told New Europe on May 7 such decision would be a setback for Nord Stream 2 but it should not be seen as entirely unexpected although from a legal/regulatory point of view there is a scope for the German regulator both to grant and refuse a derogation.

    She said it cannot be ruled out that while denying the derogation, BNetzA may stipulate a specific regulatory framework for Nord Stream 2 in its final decision, which could be more lenient that then the one established by the directive, taking into account the fact the investment was made earlier.

    According to Yafimava, alternatively, in a separate procedure, BNetzA could request Nord Stream 2 to undergo certain changes in its operatorship/ownership and subsequently certify it as compliant with the directive. “A very important question is whether Nord Stream 2 would be allowed to operate while its certification is ongoing – there are many precedents for doing so in the EU – but ultimately it would be the BNetzA’s decision,” the Oxford expert said, arguing that should BNeztA decide that certification must be completed before operation can start, this could delay flows via Nord Stream 2. “Realistically, construction of NS2 could be finished in late 2020 or early 2021, hence there is sufficient time for BNetzA to issue certification by the time the pipeline is built and ready to operate,” Yafimava said.

    Nord Stream 2 EU representative Sebastian Sass told New Europe on May 6 the pipeline company is aware of the information shared by the German authority with the participants in the procedure. “We do not agree with this conclusion. We will wait for the formal decision of the authority and of course evaluate it and further actions to preserve our rights,” he said.

    Asked if Nord Stream 2 plans to appeal the German regulator’s decision, Sass said they will evaluate the formal decision once Nord Stream 2 has received it. “Based on that we will decide on further actions. At this point I can confirm that we do not agree with this conclusion,” he said.

    Regarding whether this decision would delay the start of Nord Stream 2, Sass said the construction permits are based on a different set of legal rules than the decision on Nord Stream 2’s application for a derogation. “Therefore, the upcoming decision on a derogation has no impact on the finalisation of construction works,” he said.

    Meanwhile, pipe-laying vessel Akademik Cherskiy owned by Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has reportedly left the Kaliningrad area and is heading towards the port of Mukran, which is one of Nord Stream-2 key logistics supply hubs and where the NS2 pipes might be stored on one of the German islands in the Baltics. “It looks likely that it will be Akademik Cherskiy, which will be finishing construction of the remaining section,” Yafimana said. “This suggests that further works on refitting the ship might take place there rather than in Kaliningrad,” she added.

    The start of pipe-laying depends on several factors, including the time required to make any necessary technical adjustments to the ship, she said, adding that its speed of pipelaying is understood to be lower than that of Allseas.

    Sass reminded that a total of 2,300 kilometres out of approximately 2,460 kilometres, or 94% of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline had been laid by December 20, 2019, when Nord Stream 2 contractor Allseas was forced to suspend the pipelay due to the threat of sanctions by the US that the European Commission has described as a breach of international law. “We are actively looking for solutions and will inform about it in due time. All other works like the completion of landfalls and offshore works for stabilising the pipeline continue as planned,” he said.

    Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, who is the President of the Board of Directors of Nord Stream 2, in a recent interview slammed sanctions against Russia.

    However, Yafimava reminded that there are no sanctions against Nord Stream 2 yet. There is only a threat of sanctions being applied, emanating from the US National Defense Authorization Act adopted in December 2019. “It is this threat that has caused the All Seas ship to suspend pipelaying activities, right after the NDAA was adopted. “There is a very low likelihood scenario under which US President Donald J. Trump may decide not to impose sanctions thus clearing out the way for the All Seas ship to come back and finish the job thus speeding up finalisation of construction,” Yafimava said, adding, “There is another scenario under which further legislation could be adopted by the US threatening more sanctions, but ultimately it is highly unlikely to have a serious impact on finalisation of construction, and the Russian ship should be able to finish the job sooner or later.”
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    Post  kvs on Sat May 09, 2020 8:46 pm

    Eu-tardia is congenital.

    Stupid Germans think that Russia can be blackmailed with BS EU legal theatrics. No EU law can apply to NS II since it is not
    an entity that exists on EU territory. It is an international waters link between Russia and Germany. The EU has zero rights
    to regulate anything in international waters. The attempt to regulate the whole pipeline based on its connection to Germany
    is BS. If I put my finger on your car, it does not mean that I own it.

    Anyway, the pipelines to the east are opening up transit volumes that make NS II irrelevant. Stupid Germans need to wake up'
    and smell the coffee instead of yanqui anus.

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    Post  PapaDragon on Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 pm


    Oh please...

    Nord Stream 1 alone was enough to completely bypass the Ukraine, that's why EU came up with that 50% capacity rule in the first place

    Not that it mattered anyway because any time Germans needed extra gas they would waiver that rule and go over 50%

    Russia (and everyone else) knew that Nord Stream 2 would also fall under same rule (why wouldn't it?) and it didn't matter because 50%+50%=100%

    They will soon have two lines pumping all the gas required and the Ukraine is bye bye as expected

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    Post  Hole on Sat May 09, 2020 9:48 pm

    And if this regulation is axed they can sell even more gas.

    A "expert" from Oxford... If they can´t find a russian expert living in Russia given his expertise about a russian pipeline we shouldn´t bother about this article.
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    Post  kvs on Sun May 10, 2020 12:35 am

    https://www.worldometers.info/gas/norway-natural-gas/

    Poland is making a big deal out of its pipeline to Norway. Norway is supplying more than just Poland and as of 2019 its natural
    gas exports have peaked. That means they will decline since Norway's reserves are not that large (smaller than Canada's).

    https://www.worldometers.info/gas/poland-natural-gas/

    So Poland would consume about 1/7 of Norway's exports. There are larger gas markets than Poland in the EU which will
    make for a gas demand competition that will jack up the prices.



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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 10, 2020 7:07 am

    Personally I think Russia should stop Nord Stream II right now, and just add caveats into their gas agreements with their EU partners that any shortfall due to countries that receive funds for gas transmission over their territories are libel for gas stolen or lost due to no maintenance on their oil pipe infrastructure, and that any shortfall in delivery that could have been provided for using NSII is the problem of those who opposed it... get compensation from them.

    And the gas price is going up to cover money wasted building NSII.
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    Post  kvs on Sun May 10, 2020 6:43 pm



    The Polish regime really is pathologically delusional.   They are talking about using Norwegian gas to supply Ukraine
    and other countries to displace Russia.   Pure and utter innumeracy.   The whole Norwegian export volume cannot
    cover the gas demand in eastern Europe.  

    Also, this is a new export market for Norway.   Norway already exports its volume to the EU.   It does not have the
    spare production capacity to displace Russia.   The eastern and central members of the EU consume around 100 bcm
    per year of Russian gas.   So Norway would have to double its production to displace Russian supply.

    And the cherry on top of the Polish mental deficiency cake is that the Norway pipeline they are building has a
    capacity of 10 bcm per year. Which is just enough to displace Poland's own consumption supplied by Russia
    as long as Sweden and Denmark plan to take no more than 1.5 bcm. So all the prattle about Poland being
    some "freedom gas" hub is retarded drivel.

    But wait, there is more. Norway's production is slipping but EU demand is increasing. So Poland will be having
    a hard time to even get 8 bcm per year from this pipeline. While Poland pours excrement on Nord Stream II
    ("Russians cannot be trusted to supply gas without blackmail") and extols this small pipeline, the clock is ticking.
    Judgement day is coming you morons.

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    Post  miketheterrible on Sun May 10, 2020 7:06 pm

    Let them do it. Let them talk the talk and walk the walk. Because once it comes to needing demand and Norway cannot provide the supply, guess who will have all that amount of gas needed? Plus, it will still be cheaper to buy Russian gas.

    Usually those who huff and puff the loudest regarding this situation are really bullshitting.

    In the end, people in Poland and Ukraine will end up with more expensive gas and the local people will not be able to afford it. Simple as that. Or if they can, they will find out they have a lot less money to purchase other goods.

    Russia on the other end will simply sell to whomever that needs it and will continue to make tens of billions. They could make more yes, but in the end they wont care. Plus the ideal situation for them is the demand to expand gasification of Russia's other regions which are always facing energy issues and locals pissed off of lack of infrastructure development which is in desperate need. Cheap gas for them will allow them to really boost up production of goods and new development of manufacturing.
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun May 10, 2020 7:12 pm

    MOSCOW, May 8 – RIA Novosti. The prospects for implementing the Nord Stream 2 project look very encouraging, German Ambassador to Moscow Geza Andreas von Geir told reporters.
    Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of two gas pipelines 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. The states imposed sanctions on the project in December, requiring construction companies to stop construction immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.

    “Germany, in the person of its federal government, is convinced of the importance of implementing this project, which in the long term will contribute to strengthening the energy security of our country and other European states,” the ambassador said. He added that Germany has a similar position with the United States on many issues of international politics. “But we disagree with the North Stream – 2. We strongly reject any extraterritorial sanctions, including those adopted by the US Congress,” the head of the German diplomatic mission recalled.

    The ambassador said that Nord Stream 2 is “primarily a commercial project, the participants of which are convinced of its early implementation.” “As far as I know, the pipe-laying vessel arrived in Kaliningrad and after some technical re-equipment will be able to complete pipe laying on the remaining kilometers of the seabed. At the moment, the prospects for the implementation of the project look very encouraging,” the diplomat said.

    It was reported earlier with reference to the Marine Traffic Vessel Tracking Portal that the Akademik Chersky vessel, which was being considered for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, left the port of Kaliningrad on Thursday and headed for Germany. According to the Vesselfinder and Myshiptracking portals, which track ship traffic, Akademik Chersky is due to arrive at the port of Murkan on Rugen Island on May 8th.

    Murkan serves as a logistics terminal for the construction of Nord Stream 2. At present, the port already has the Fortuna pipe-laying barge of the MRTS company, which also meets the technical requirements of the Danish authorities for the completion of Nord Stream-2. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December reported that the use of Chersky is one of the options for completing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but some time will be required for additional preparation of the vessel.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon May 11, 2020 8:01 am

    Russia is bending over backwards to supply cheap gas energy to Europe and all it gets is inuendo about its ulterior motives for doing so.

    I would not work so hard to get cheap Russian gas to those losers... let them pay more and that should make their production less competitive on the international market compared with Russian manufacturing.

    Ironically the Germans might open production in Russia in certain places because of the low cost of energy there as well as cheaper labour...
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    Post  Viktor on Mon May 11, 2020 5:12 pm

    Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2
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    Post  owais.usmani on Mon May 11, 2020 6:04 pm

    Viktor wrote:Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    I believe this ship is owned by Gazprom, so other than impounding and taking over the ship or torpedoing and sinking it, no sanctions can prevent it from laying the remaining portion of NS2.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Mon May 11, 2020 6:13 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    I believe this ship is owned by Gazprom, so other than impounding and taking over the ship or torpedoing and sinking it, no sanctions can prevent it from laying the remaining portion of NS2.

    I think HATO initially planned on impounding it.
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    Post  kvs on Mon May 11, 2020 7:28 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    I believe this ship is owned by Gazprom, so other than impounding and taking over the ship or torpedoing and sinking it, no sanctions can prevent it from laying the remaining portion of NS2.

    I think HATO initially planned on impounding it.

    They would have pulled the same piracy as they did on the Iranian tanker in the Straits of Gibraltar. So the Suez path was out of the question.
    But the NATzO clowns could have pulled a similar stunt in the North Sea. There we had a Russian war ship to make sure they didn't.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Mon May 11, 2020 8:34 pm

    kvs wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    I believe this ship is owned by Gazprom, so other than impounding and taking over the ship or torpedoing and sinking it, no sanctions can prevent it from laying the remaining portion of NS2.

    I think HATO initially planned on impounding it.

    They would have pulled the same piracy as they did on the Iranian tanker in the Straits of Gibraltar.   So the Suez path was out of the question.
    But the NATzO clowns could have pulled a similar stunt in the North Sea.   There we had a Russian war ship to make sure they didn't.  


    They could've called Sisi (Egypt) to escort the ship, as Russian and Egyptian ties are as good as they were under Nasser.
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    Post  kvs on Mon May 11, 2020 9:40 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    kvs wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    I believe this ship is owned by Gazprom, so other than impounding and taking over the ship or torpedoing and sinking it, no sanctions can prevent it from laying the remaining portion of NS2.

    I think HATO initially planned on impounding it.

    They would have pulled the same piracy as they did on the Iranian tanker in the Straits of Gibraltar.   So the Suez path was out of the question.
    But the NATzO clowns could have pulled a similar stunt in the North Sea.   There we had a Russian war ship to make sure they didn't.  


    They could've called Sisi (Egypt) to escort the ship, as Russian and Egyptian ties are as good as they were under Nasser.


    The problem is Gibraltar even if they cleared the Suez Canal.

    Anyway, good to see NATzO turds unable to do anything.   Truly "hyperpowers" in their own minds.
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    Post  JohninMK on Mon May 11, 2020 10:53 pm

    [quote="kvs"][quote="magnumcromagnon"]
    kvs wrote:
    Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    The US knew Russia had to use this ship. Given that once it left Vladivostok, passed Singapore and we started commenting on it as it went down the east coast of Africa it was blindingly obvious to anyone just where she was headed. That she had a RuN escort the whole way as far as we can tell was probably a bigger factor in her safe journey.

    Boris Martsinkevich might be an 'energy expert' but he should have checked on this thread before he spouted rubbish like that.

    Also, whilst on the subject, she only spent a couple of days in Kaliningrad before moving on. This seems too short a break for a crew that had just spent 84 days at sea. Laying pipes 24 hours a day means that she would have had the multi shift crew that would have been needed for the trip. I am excluding that part of the crew that is involved in the pipe laying operation. Does anyone know if she had two full crews, working say 3 weeks on/3 weeks off like on an oil rig?

    If not perhaps she had a special 'transit' crew for the journey, maybe even part RuN.
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    Post  kvs on Mon May 11, 2020 11:31 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    kvs wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    kvs wrote:
    Reason is given for the constant change in directions of Academician Chersky  Very Happy

    Martsinkevich explained how Russia outwitted everyone with the ship for the completion of the Nord Stream-2

    From the article:

    assigning new route points each time, the vessel did not fall under any sanctions, because no one had accurate information where the final point of his route was.

    The US knew Russia had to use this ship. Given that once it left Vladivostok, passed Singapore and we started commenting on it as it went down the east coast of Africa it was blindingly obvious to anyone just where she was headed. That she had a RuN escort the whole way as far as we can tell was probably a bigger factor in her safe journey.

    Boris Martsinkevich might be an 'energy expert' but he should have checked on this thread before he spouted rubbish like that.

    Also, whilst on the subject, she only spent a couple of days in Kaliningrad before moving on. This seems too short a break for a crew that had just spent 84 days at sea. Laying pipes 24 hours a day means that she would have had the multi shift crew that would have been needed for the trip.  I am excluding that part of the crew that is involved in the pipe laying operation. Does anyone know if she had two full crews, working say 3 weeks on/3 weeks off like on an oil rig?

    If not perhaps she had a special 'transit' crew for the journey, maybe even part RuN.

    I believe you are right on target. The crew that got her to Kaliningrad was likely not even civilian. The risk was too high. So any workers
    deployed in the far east probably took a train trip or even several flights to get to Kaliningrad. There was enough time to requip the ship
    during its short port stay. Also, we do not know whether Gazprom even uses Russian workers. They may use German workers for the welding
    and other assembly.



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    Post  PapaDragon on Mon May 11, 2020 11:42 pm

    JohninMK wrote:The US knew Russia had to use this ship. Given that once it left Vladivostok, passed Singapore and we started commenting on it as it went down the east coast of Africa it was blindingly obvious to anyone just where she was headed. That she had a RuN escort the whole way as far as we can tell was probably a bigger factor in her safe journey.

    Boris Martsinkevich might be an 'energy expert' but he should have checked on this thread before he spouted rubbish like that.

    Also, whilst on the subject, she only spent a couple of days in Kaliningrad before moving on. This seems too short a break for a crew that had just spent 84 days at sea. Laying pipes 24 hours a day means that she would have had the multi shift crew that would have been needed for the trip.  I am excluding that part of the crew that is involved in the pipe laying operation. Does anyone know if she had two full crews, working say 3 weeks on/3 weeks off like on an oil rig?

    If not perhaps she had a special 'transit' crew for the journey, maybe even part RuN.

    Everyone from Russia to USA and EU is doing their best to completely obscure the fact that this ship even traveled from anywhere let alone under escort (no news, no photos, no nothing) and want everyone to think that it just teleported to Baltic out of thin air

    Only reason we even know it had escort is because some bloggers from Sri Lanka took a photo of Yaroslav Mudrii in Colombo and asked what is it doing there after which Russian Internet crowd put two and two together

    Oher hint was photo of Marshal Ustinov quietly showing up in Cape Town completely unannounced even though it just came back home from there couple of weeks earlier

    This is why this Martsinkevich guy is giving public this fairy tale about transponders, they all want to hide involvement of Russian Navy, probably requested by Germany in order to keep East Euros quiet otherwise both Russians and UK would be advertising it to high heaven (always popular British Channel photo ops)

    And crew of Akademik Cherskii was definitely swapped in Kaliningrad, one team brought it on site and went on vacation while other one will now start laying down the pipes (they have more than just one shift available)

    Also in addition to regular crew on Cherskii there were definitely quite a few unreported ''passengers'' with some very metallic personal luggage, nobody was taking chances with this

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    Post  JohninMK on Tue May 12, 2020 9:10 pm

    She is now dockside in Mukran.

    Fortuna, the pipe laying barge is also dockside.

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