Oil tanker rams into Norwegian frigate, leaving eight injured

“KNM Helge Ingstad” at port in Hammerfest a few years ago

“KNM Helge Ingstad” at port in Hammerfest a few years ago

The damage was such that the frigate was no longer stable and was not able to float sufficiently, ' a Norwegian Navy officer, Sigurd Smith, told reporters.

Greek Aframax tanker SOLA TS collided with Norway Navy frigate HNOMS HELGE INGSTAD in the morning Nov 8, probably around 0300 UTC, in North sea north of Bergen, Norway.

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from Nato's Trident Juncture exercises, was evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, Norway's army said.

It is planned that the tanker will return to the dock for an inspection. Two of them were taken to a nearby hospital.

Aerial footage taken by Norwegian coastal administration aircraft during the day shows the frigate partially submerged sitting on her starboard side on the rocks.

The vessels involved carried about 160 people in total: 137 on board the military ship and 23 on the tanker.

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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Crude oil tanker SOLA TS, IMO 9724350, dwt 112939, built 2017, flag Malta, manager Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) SA.

The Sture oil terminal, which has about 6 million barrels of underground oil storage capacity, is the receiving terminal for Oseberg Blend (105,000 bpd impacted) and Grane Blend (260,000 bpd impacted).

An investigation into the causes of the incident will be launched today, in collaboration with the Defense Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN) and the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) from Malta.

The Navy quickly evacuated all the crew except for 10 essential staff members to prevent a possible fuel leak.

The company said "the sture terminal and Kollsnes plant resumed operations Thursday afternoon after being shut down in connection with the collision".

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

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate took on water and was at risk of sinking.

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