An Impressive Logistical Feat

Orchestrating a massive infrastructure project like the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline requires a precise and efficient logistics plan. Over 200,000 pipe segments must be delivered along the ~1,230-kilometre route on an ambitious timeline, and every detail counts.

Operations follow the award-winning “green logistics” concept of the pipeline’s predecessor, Nord Stream, which is based on using low-emissions transport. To minimise the environmental impact of moving the heavy 24-tonne pipes, routes are kept as short as possible on each leg of their journey to the seabed.

Logistics contractors Wasco and Blue Water Shipping work closely with Nord Stream 2 and local suppliers in four Baltic Sea harbours to prepare the pipes and deliver them to the right place, at the right time, at each stage of the project. Check out our seamless logistics plan in action:

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Nord Stream 2 Logistics

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A massive infrastructure project like the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline requires a precise and efficient plan. Learn about how our "green logistics" concept uses low-emissions transport to move pipes across the shortest possible distances and minimise environmental impact.

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Pipe Transport from Mülheim to Mukran

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Nord Stream 2 relies on low-carbon rail transport to carry its 12-tonne, 12-meter-long steel pipes to the ports where they will be concrete weight-coated. To ensure timely deliveries from the pipe mill in Mülheim an der Ruhr to the port of Mukran, Germany, two trains operated by DB Cargo AG have been making the journey every single day since October 2016. It takes over 11 hours and several experienced drivers to deliver each trainload of pipes to Mukran in perfect condition.

Our Four Baltic Sea Hubs

Nord Stream 2’s logistics hubs were strategically chosen along the pipeline route so that pipes can be shipped to the pipelay barges from the closest port during construction. Around 200,000 tonnes of CO2 can be saved in the course of the project thanks to the optimised logistics concept’s use of environmentally-friendly transport options out of these Baltic Sea ports.

1. Kotka

Kotka, Finland:

Located near the pipeline's starting point in Russia, the Port of HaminaKotka will receive pipes from the Russian pipe mills. Our logistics partner Wasco concrete weight coats pipes here, using existing infrastructure for storage and shipping. This cooperation also brings new business and jobs to the region.

2. Hanko

Hanko, Finland:

Concrete weight coated pipes will be stored at Koverhar, formerly a dedicated port for a steel mill, now upgraded for general industrial cargo business. Most of the pipes will be shipped from Kotka, though some will arrive directly from Russia by rail. The Nord Stream 2 project is helping the port develop its infrastructure and storage area in the process.

3. Karlshamn

Karlshamn, Sweden:

A leading industrial port in its region, Karlshamn is ideally located to supply the pipelay barges along the southern part of the route. Nord Stream 2 is a major project for the port, supporting continued expansion and upgrades to its infrastructure. Concrete weight coated pipes will also be stored here.

4. Mukran

Mukran, Germany:

Close to the pipeline’s German landfall, this port on the island of Rügen will receive pipes produced in Germany. Mukran is directly linked to the railway network, and our logistics partner Wasco will use the extensive resources available there to coat, store and transship pipes. Thanks in part to the infrastructure upgrades made for Nord Stream 2, the port is developing into a major regional logistics hub.