May 21, 2022 08:50

Fortuna arrives in Danish Waters

Bornholm Denmark
Pictured are houses along Bornholm's coast. Fortuna has been spotted 28 kilometers south of this Danish island. Image Courtesy - Pixabay.

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Notwithstanding the threat of US sanctions, Fortuna resumes work in waters off Denmark.

By Vikram Malik, Maritime Direct India Correspondent

Following up on some of our previous reports on the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which once complete, will double Russian gas shipments to Germany, we report that there is further progress on the gas pipeline.

Specifically, Fortuna, the Russian ship tasked with laying the pipeline, has arrived in Danish waters, off the island of Bornholm. Locational information on MarineTraffic and VesselFinder confirms this.

Most work on the pipeline is already complete, with remaining pipe-laying efforts only to be made in waters off Denmark.

An unfazed Germany amidst an unhappy EU

Although Germany has remained steadfast on the project, it has been fiercely opposed by other European nations, especially Ukraine, Poland, and other Baltic countries, over concerns that it will heighten Europe’s dependence on Russian energy. The widespread belief is that Moscow could leverage this to wield political pressure in the future.

As a result, the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution seeking a cessation on the project’s completion. Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, has advocated EU sanctions, stating “If you want to enforce international law, the only option without guns, cannons, and bombs is sanctions.”

Alongside, scientists are not pleased with the pipeline either, citing environmental concerns, especially over the prospect of a potentially negative impact on climate.

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