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Norwegian Warship Close To Sinking After Collision With Oil Tanker

10 November 2018

A Norwegian Navy frigate is about to sink after being hit by an oil tanker on Thursday while docked in a habour.

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.

Coast guard deputy director Johan Marius Ly said helicopter fuel has leaked from the frigate.

The 134-meter (442-foot) long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern.

Media captionThe KNM Helge Ingstad takes in water amid fears that it might sinkNorway has evacuated the entire crew of one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with an oil tanker.Seven people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen in the early hours of Thursday, rescuers say.

After colliding with the Malta-flagged tanker Sola TS and the tug Tenax, the frigate started taking on water. 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.

"We are in a security phase for the time being", he said.

The ship had previously been part of an escort convoy which seized chemical weapons from Syria back in 2013.

The incident is undergoing investigation, both by the police and by the Accident Investigation Board Norway, officials told the BBC.

A nearby oil terminal where the Maltese vessel had just loaded its cargo was closed to traffic on 5 November, in turn leading to a halt in production at five oil fields in the North Sea, according to business daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

The Accident Investigation Board added that because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Malta will participate in the investigation.

The captain of the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad deliberately ran it aground after the collision, allegedly to prevent her from sinking.

Norwegian Warship Close To Sinking After Collision With Oil Tanker