Photos of damage - investigators suspect Chinese vessel's anchor caused Balticconnector pipeline damage

24.10.2023 21:30

Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced on Tuesday that they had raised an anchor from the seabed, which is believed to have caused damage to the Balticconnector pipeline connecting Estonia and Finland earlier this month.

During a press conference in the evening, the NBI revealed that they had successfully brought up the anchor from the sea floor on Tuesday morning.
Detective Superintendent Risto Lohi, who heads the investigation, explained that there is a trail on the seabed measuring 1.5 to 4 meters in width leading to the point where the gas pipeline sustained damage.

Lohi stated, "The anchor was lifted earlier today, and it shows signs of contact with the gas pipeline."
Photographs taken by the Finnish border guard depict damage to the concrete and steel layers surrounding the pipeline, indicating the severity of the impact. It is still not known if the damage was deliberate or accidental.The trail and open-source vessel trafficking tracking data suggest the Hong Kong-flagged Newnew Polar Bear is behind the incident.

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