Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Frigate, oil tanker collide off western Norway, injuring 7

Frigate, oil tanker collide off western Norway, injuring 7

Video from the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue shows the aftermath of damage to the Norwegian frigate Helge Instad, after it was rammed by a Maltese-flagged oil tanker.

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

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.

Those injured were among the oil tanker's crew, local newspaper VG reported. Two of them were taken to a nearby hospital.

The ship, which had recently taken part in the vast North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture in Norway, is "strongly listing", Rear Admiral Stensoenes told a news conference.

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The warship is now in danger of sinking, while the tanker, named the Sola TS, is slightly damaged and did not spill oil.

Update: Frigate understood to sustain stb bow hull breach with massive water ingress, she's said to develop heavy bow tilt.

An image of the ship tipped to one side was posted with the comment.

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

The frigate was on a southwesterly course, approaching Sture, when the collision occurred.

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The Trident Juncture 18 event are the biggest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercises since the Cold War in the 1980s.

The incident is undergoing investigation, both by the police and by the Accident Investigation Board Norway, officials told the BBC.

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

The Accident Investigation Board added that because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation.

The frigate lost power and control after the crash Sola, and the ship was pushed by tugboats into shallow water where it can't fully sink.

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