Norwegian warship hits oil tanker on return from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drills

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of the Royal Norwegian Navy, said Thursday during a news conference.

Norway has evacuated the entire crew of one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with an oil tanker.

The Maltese-flagged oil tanker, Sola TS, was not damaged and its 23-man crew remained on board.

Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway's military said.

The tanker had set sail from Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude.

It was being towed out of the harbour when it somehow managed to ram the frigate.

Norwegian news agency NTB is reporting that the collision tore a hole in the frigate's side, and that it is taking in more water than can be pumped out. The police, which investigate marine accidents in Norway, have cordoned off the area around the stricken frigate for fear of explosions.


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.

Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard said the 442ft frigate, which had recently taken part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture, was listing, adding: "We have been told that there is a leak from the frigate".

A small oil slick has surrounded the ship following the collision. The tanker was on its way to Britain, Sysla said.

"The armed forces are now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad", navy Lt. Col. Ivar Moen said.

Pictures show water has also overwhelmed the frigate's helicopter platform on its stern.

He said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow water where it could not sink fully.

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Instad is in danger of sinking after being rammed by an oil tanker while returning from the NATO Trident Juncture exercise, according to The Associated Press.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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