Norwegian Warship Close To Sinking After Collision With Oil Tanker

The route of the tanker “Sola TS” after the collision. The blue dots are ships taking part in the rescue operation. Screenshot from

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.

As far as KNM Helge Ingstad is concerned, Lieutenant Colonel Finberg has indicated that he was returning to his base after taking part in Trident Juncture 2018, the most important North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercises since 2002.

All 137 of its crew were evacuated and eight people were injured.

Norwegian oil giant Equinor has announced that it has "resumed operations" after it shutdown all operations at its Sture terminal following a tanker collision near the city of Bergen.

A source told AFP news agency a "small oil slick" was detected from the warship and that "it took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is". The oil tanker received only slight damage, while the frigate has been seriously damaged.

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. The crew of 127 was evacuated amid fears the ship will sink.

The company is in a dialogue with Norwegian authorities and has mobilized emergency resources to assist the police and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

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

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

Update: 0700 UTC - according to latest reports frigate was taken to shallow waters to avoid sinking, water ingress is incontrollable.

It is now waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.

Some 10,000 liters (2,642 gallons) of ship's fuel and helicopter fuel is reported to have leaked into the sea. Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta.

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