US blacklists 13 ships working on Nord Stream 2 pipeline project

The US has imposed sanctions on thirteen vessels involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, shortly after exempting the pipeline’s Russian operator and CEO.

The US Treasury Department added two Russian-flagged AHTS vessels Vladislav Strizhov and the Yury Topchev to a sanctions list on Friday and prohibited their dealings with US banks and companies.

Another eleven vessels from Russia’s Marine Rescue Service, including the pipe layer Akademik Cherskiy and offshore support vessel Artemis Offshore, were placed on a less restrictive sanctions list, prohibiting US firms provision of goods and services.

Russia’s Marine Rescue Service and Samara Heat and Energy property fund were likewise placed on that less restrictive sanctions list.

Last week, the US said it won’t sanction the pipeline’s Russian-owned operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, nor its CEO, Matthias Warnig.

The sanctions against the vessels are seen as a symbolic move as the vessels are Russian-owned and flagged and are expected to continue pipe laying operations.

Another Russian pipe layer on the US sanctions list, Fortuna, has already started operations on the Nord Stream 2 in German waters.

Nord Stream 2, which crosses the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine, has been opposed by the US, which claims it will increase German reliance on Russian gas and make Berlin more susceptible to Russian politics.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. Are the USA in favour of the pipelines that cross Belarus on their way to Poland and Germany?

    1. If a country is unhappy about the gas pipeline, then no one is forcing them to buy the Russian gas. They can buy from somewhere else or from the US.
      Poland which lives on European Union money since the end of communism and get transit money is the big mouth of all because they don’t like to work.
      Russia has the right to offer it’s gas.
      Ukraine and Poland complain because they get free transit money without working, plus stealing the Russian gas.

      1. Elton Johann (if your real name is not Vladim hehe), and you are an expert on Poland and our economy? You sound like a xenophobic bot pumping some propaganda. Poland marginally is against Nord Stream 2, becaus historically we know what the alliance of Germany and Russia means for our stablility.

  2. Politics is ugly. The USA speaks out of two sides of it’s mouth and it’s hypocracy is evident every day. Germany has the right to do what it wants. The USA is a very dangerous country, endangering world peace at every step.

    1. Lol, funny, usa dangerous? Because they at least initally wanted to limit the reliance of Europe on Russian whims? That was responsible politics. Alas, Biden is soft, for the continued stability of EU, he should not have lifted the sanctions at all. Maybe he hopes by making concessions to Russia and Germany, he will gain their support in standing up to China but I reckon Russia and Germany are long sold to Chiese interests.

  3. Why has a mutual beneficial pipe between Germany and Russia become an object of sanction by US

  4. Why the u.s. have to put their nose in other countries business they want to stop pipeline everywhere including Canada but again they want canadian oil U.S. mind your dam business

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