Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Norwegian frigate evacuated after being hit by tanker

Norwegian frigate evacuated after being hit by tanker

The Navy fears that the frigate will slip off the rocks and sink, with tugboats trying to keep it in place under the watchful eye of several Navy vessels.

The 137 people on board the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, were evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, the military said.

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been listing dangerously.

The Maltese flagged tanker, Sola TS, was undamaged and its 23-man crew unhurt.

Eight people on the KNM Helge Instad were injured in the 4am collision said Rear Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of Norway's navy.

Eirik Walle, of Norway's rescue centre, told Norwegian news agency NTB that the collision caused an opening in the frigate's hull and "it is taking in more water than they can pump out". The coastal water where the stricken vessel lies is normally prone to heavy seas, but unseasonably calm conditions prevail.

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

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The sites are operated by Equinor (formerly Statoil), one of the world's largest oil and gas companies.

The 62,000-ton tanker suffered minor damages and was towed to the terminal. Laden tanker left Sture Terminal shortly before collision.

Built in Spain in 2009, the KNM Helge Ingstad participated in chemical disarmament operations in Syria between December 2013 and May 2014.

The incident was reported to the Accident Investigation Board (AIBN), which said on its website that it would conduct an investigation in collaboration with the Defence Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN).

NATO's "Trident Juncture", the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, launched in Norway on October 25 and is due to run until November 7.

Comment: Again, laden massive cargo ship collided with Navy frigate, similar to accidents which occurred with USA Nay frigates in Japan and off Singapore, recently.

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