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    Blue Water Shipping to handle Nord Stream 2 pipe

    Contracts, Tenders and Rates // June 23, 2017

    Wasco Coatings in Germany has awarded Blue Water Shipping in Esbjerg, Denmark, a contract to transport 113,000 pipe pieces for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the Baltic.

    Nord Stream 2, the developer of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline through the Baltic from Russia to Germany, earlier awarded Wasco Coatings Germany a contract for concrete weight coating, storage and logistics for the 200,000 pipes required for the project.

    The remaining 87,000 pipes are shipped directly from the coating facilities to the pipelay vessels.

    Blue Water Shipping’s contract covers transport of the pipes from Wasco’s coating facilities in Mukran, Germany and Kotka, Finland to storage yards in Karlshamn, Sweden and Hanko, Finland.

    This part of the project will account for around 475 shipments. Blue Water’s contract includes loading the pipes, transport to storage yards, operation of the storage yards and loading feeder vessels transferring the pipes to Allseas’ pipelay vessels.

    Wasco will coat each of the 200,000 high-density steel pipes with concrete – doubling the weight of the 12m pipes to 24 tonnes on average. The first shipment of pipes is due to commence in July.

    The two 1,200km Nord Stream 2 pipelines will follow the route of the existing Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea for most of their route.

    Nord Stream 2’s logistics concept is based on the use of logistics hubs located in ports around the Baltic Sea. The project-related operations will provide a positive economic impact on the ports and subcontractors and contribute to long-term development.

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