Noway frigate sinking: 'No control' over leak of KNM Helge Instad

Norwegian frigate

The frigate was on its way home to the Haakonsvern base of the Royal Norwegian Navy on the western coast after taking part in NATO's Trident Juncture 2018 military exercise, which took place from October 25 to November 7 in Norway.

Returning from Nato's Trident Juncture exercise, KNM Helge Ingstad frigate collided with the Sola TS oil tanker, Norwegian Royal Army confirmed.

The footage, which was posted on Twitter, shows the warship resting on its side in shallow water near the coastline where the vessel was beached to avoid sinking.

Eight people on the KNM Helge Instad were injured in the 4 a.m. collision in Sture, north of Bergen, said Rear Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of Norway's navy. Eight navy personnel are said to be injured, including two flown to regional hospital, Haukland, but the tanker Sola's 23 crew were all evacuated safely.

Images of the damage caused to #Norwegian #frigate #HELGE INGSTAD F313 from #collision with tanker SOLA TS.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board, which has opened an inquiry, had initially said a tugboat had also been involved in the collision but the Navy later denied that.

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"According to our assessments, there's no reason to believe that anything, like an accident, could happen with the weapons" on board, he said. Some 137 crew were on board at the time of the accident. The fuel was expected to evaporate quickly.

The 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.

The Norwegian government shares ownership of the Sture terminal with some of the country's largest oil producers, including Equinor.

Production at a number of surrounding North Sea oil and gas facilities was temporarily stopped after the collision as a precautionary measure but has now resumed. The Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation, the AIBN added.

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

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