Norwegian Warship Close To Sinking After Collision With Oil Tanker

Oil tanker & Norwegian Navy frigate ‘collide’ off country’s coast 7 reported injured

Oil tanker & Norwegian Navy frigate ‘collide’ off country’s coast 7 reported injured

KNM Helge Ingstad (F313) is one of the Norwegian navy's five frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen class.

An operation was underway Thursday to try to stop a Norwegian navy frigate from sinking after it collided with a Maltese oil tanker in a fjord in western Norway.

There were 137 people aboard the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate and 23 others on the Sola TS tanker when the collision occurred outside the Sture Terminal, an oil terminal 50 km northwest of Bergen, Norway, according to VG newspaper.

"We are working on stabilizing the vessel", Norwegian Navy Counter-Admiral Nils Andreas Stensoenes told a news conference, adding that the eight injured were all Navy crew. The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board, the Defense Accident Investigation Board and the Maltese Marine Safety Investigation Unit are all investing the incident. The ship had recently participated in the Trident Juncture exercise, one of NATO's largest training events in recent years.

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.

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

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"It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is", a rescue official told AFP. The oil terminal and nearby Kollsnes gas plant both shut down as a precaution. He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

"Helge Ingstad took in water after the collision, lost control and then drifted aground".

Some 10,000 liters (2,642 gallons) of ship's fuel and helicopter fuel is reported to have leaked into the sea.

There are no reports as to when the damaged navy vessel, which is part of NATO's Atlantic fleet, will be salvaged.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the collision, which also involved a tugboat.

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