Norway's navy frigate collides with oil tanker, on verge of sinking

Frederick Owens
November 10, 2018

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from Nato's Trident Juncture exercises, was evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, Norway's army said.

An investigation into the causes of the incident will be launched today, in collaboration with the Defense Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN) and the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) from Malta.

The frigate Helge Ingstad, now listing heavily to its port side, is loaded with torpedoes and weapons systems said to be unstable as a result of the collision.

According to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a 10-cubic metre helicopter fuel tank on the frigate was ruptured.

At 04:03 this Thursday morning (local time) off the coast of Norway, the frigate of the Norwegian Navy KNM Helge Ingstad lost control and collided with the tanker Sola TS, reports the local newspaper VG with reference to Lieutenant Colonel and spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, Vegard Finberg.

Helge Instad had been taking part in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture.

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Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway's military said. Norway is a major supplier of gas to Britain so big outages can impact United Kingdom gas prices.

The 62,000-tonne tanker received only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal, the rescue centre official said.

The company said "the sture terminal and Kollsnes plant resumed operations Thursday afternoon after being shut down in connection with the collision".

The Sture terminal serves as a collection hub for crude from several Norwegian offshore fields, including Oseberg, Grane, Svalin, Edvard Grieg, and Ivar Aasen. The ship was put up on the rocky shore two to three miles of the Sture Terminal.

The tanker had set sail from Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude. Preban Ottesen said on the branch's website.

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