Norwegian frigate sinking after being rammed by tanker

Norwegian frigate sinking after being rammed by tanker

An image published by Norwegian broadcaster NRK showed that water had nearly reached the level of the frigate's helicopter platform. The collision tore a large hole in the hull of the vessel, which began taking on water and had to be pushed into shallow coastal waters by tugboats to keep it from sinking.

The Navy quickly evacuated all the crew except for 10 essential staff members to prevent a possible fuel leak. Its crew of 137 had been evacuated, rescue leader Ben Vikoeren at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway said. He added that the cause of the accident was unclear.

Built in Spain in 2009, the KNM Helge Ingstad participated in chemical disarmament operations in Syria between December 2013 and May 2014.

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 250-meter-long Sola TS is thought to have inadvertently rammed the navy vessel after departing the Sture oil and gas terminal near Oygarden.

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The Maltese oil tanker was carrying about 625,000 barrels of crude, but officials said none spilled after Thursday's collision.

The tanker, which has a crew of 23, was returning to port for inspection.

No leak from that vessel was reported.

Norway's largest oil and gas company Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, said it shut down non-emergency activities at the Sture terminal "as a precautionary measure". Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta. Launched in 2007, the warship is named after the famous Norwegian Arctic explorer. The next part - a command post exercise - will be held from November 14 to 24. Some 10,000 German troops are taking part, with German forces leading one of the land exercises.

The ship was returning to the Haakonsvern Naval Base near Bergen after the military exercises, officials said.

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