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

Helge Ingstad: Warship collides with tanker in fjord

KNM Helge Ingstad (F313) is one of the Norwegian navy's five frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen class. The Helge Ingstad's 137-man crew was evacuated.

The KNM Helge Ingstad had recently taken part in NATO's Trident Juncture military exercise, which centred on defense of Norway.

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Instad is in danger of sinking after being rammed by an oil tanker while returning from the NATO Trident Juncture exercise, according to The Associated Press.

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

Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway's military said.

Stensoenes said the ship was "strongly listing" - or leaning to one side - and that it had been pushed by towboats into shallow water, where it can not fully sink. 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.


Norway's largest oil and gas company, Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, said its non-emergency activities at the Sture terminal where the collision occurred were shut down as a precaution for many hours but were gradually starting up again late Thursday afternoon.

The 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal. "There is no control over the leak and the stern is heavily in the sea".

A Norwegian frigate collided with an oil tanker in the dark on her way home from the largest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation war game since the end of the Cold War.

Pictures show water has also overwhelmed the frigate's helicopter platform on its stern.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board said a towboat was also involved in the accident. The warship was launched in November 2007.

"According to our assessments, there's no reason to believe that anything, like an accident, could happen with the weapons" on board, he said.

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