Blue Water Shipping A/S has been awarded a contract from Wasco Coatings Europe BV for the transport, handling and storage of 113,000 pipes for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project. This award comes after Wasco previously received a contract from Nord Stream 2 AG for concrete weight coating, storage and logistics of the 200,000 pipes required for the project.
The contract consists of the sea transport of pipes from Wasco’s coating facilities in Mukran, Germany and Kotka, Finland, to storage yards in Karlshamn, Sweden, and Hanko, Finland. It also covers loading the pipes, transportation to storage yards, operation of the storage yards – and the loading of the feeder vessels transferring the pipes to the pipelay vessels from AllSeas.
“We are very proud to have won this contract,” said Kurt Skov, CEO and Founder of Blue Water Shipping. “Over the years, we have built a strong position as a specialist in managing and executing projects with logistical challenges. We have comprehensive experience with port operations including the management and operation of temporary facilities. We are looking forward to the cooperation with Wasco and Nord Stream 2.”
Wasco will coat each of the 200,000 high-density steel pipes with concrete – doubling the weight of the 39-foot pipes to 24 tons per pipe on average. The first shipment of pipes is expected to begin in July.
“We are excited to work with Blue Water and we are confident that the company will be able to support us in ensuring the success of the Nord Stream 2 project,” said Rik Nugteren, Project Director of Wasco Coatings Germany GmbH.