Malta-registered oil tanker collides into Norwegian warship

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

"The damage was such that the frigate was no longer stable and was not able to float sufficiently", a Norwegian Navy officer, Sigurd Smith, told reporters. The crew of 127 was evacuated amid fears the ship will sink.

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad, right, after a collision with the tanker Sola TS, in Oygarden, Norway, on November 8, 2018.

Norwegian navy frigate KNM Helge Instad was crashed into by the other vessel and is rapidly taking on water.

All were evacuated after the warship collided with the Malta-flagged Solar TS tanker, which carried 23 people.

Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen.

Eirik Walle, of Norway's rescue centre, told Norwegian news agency NTB the collision smashed a hole in the side of the warship.

Pictures show the 5,290 ton, 440 foot frigate lying low in the water as it sinks beneath the waves.

The shipping site Sysla said the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was being towed out of the harbor when it somehow rammed the frigate.

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The country's coast guard said meanwhile it had detected small diesel spills in the water and it was trying to contain further pollution.

The Sture oil terminal and the Kollsnes gas processing plant were shut down as a precautionary measure.

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

Nato's Allied Maritime Command said in a statement: "Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place".

Stensoenes said the cause of the accident was not clear and the Navy would wait for the findings of Norway's Accident Investigation Board. The frigate has been listing dangerously.

The Sture terminal is a major tanker port, with nearly 25% of Norway's oil production passing through the facility. Launched in 2007, the warship is named after the famous Norwegian Arctic explorer.

The ship had previously been part of an escort convoy which seized chemical weapons from Syria back in 2013.

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