Hull law firm advises Blue Water Shipping on multi-million offshore gas pipeline contract

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Aug 2017

A Danish firm awarded a multi-million pound contract to provide service to one of the world’s longest offshore natural gas pipelines has been assisted by a Hull-based law firm.

Nord Stream 2 is a twin pipeline that will stretch 1,200 km from Russia, through the Baltic Sea, to Germany.

Once operational, it will have the capacity to transport up to 55 billion cubic metres of gas each year from Russia to Europe.

Following an international tender process, Blue Water Shipping A/S Denmark (BWS) has secured a “significant” contract to transport about 475 shipments of pipes for the project by coaster vessels across Europe.

Dominic Ward, partner and head of shipping and transport at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP in Hull, advised BWS on various contracts relating to the works.

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He said: "I am really delighted that we have been able to help our client to secure this significant contract.

“Blue Water Shipping is internationally renowned for its ability to provide bespoke transport and logistics solutions and will play a key role in Nord Stream 2, which will become one of the world’s longest offshore natural gas pipelines with the capacity to transport up to 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year from Russia to Europe."

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Nord Stream 2 will deliver gas to Europe from the vast natural gas field Bovanenkovo in North Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, which holds about 4.9 trillion cubic metres of gas reserves- more than twice as much gas as the total proven reserves of the EU.

The twin lines will together comprise about 200,000 individual pipes, each of which measures 12 metres in length and weigh in at about 24 tonnes. Once pipe-laying begins, up to 3 kilometres of pipe can be laid every day.

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BWS was awarded an element of the Nord Stream 2 contract by Wasco Coatings Germany GmbH. This will see the firm transport pipes from Wasco’s coating facilities in Mukran, Germany and Kotka, Finland to storage yards in Karlshamn, Sweden and Hanko, Finland.

Kurt Skov, chief executive officer and founder of BWS, said: “We are very proud to have won this contract.

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“Over the years, we have built a strong position as a specialist in managing and executing projects with logistical challenges and we are looking forward to the cooperation with Wasco and Nord Stream 2.

"The high quality advice and personal service that we have received from Dominic, and the rest of the Andrew Jackson team, has been second to none. He was able to negotiate successfully a range of contractual documents within tight timescales to achieve our goals."

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