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Norway frigate could sink after collision with oil tanker

The route of the tanker “Sola TS” after the collision. The blue dots are ships taking part in the rescue operation. Screenshot from The route of the tanker “Sola TS” after the collision. The blue dots are ships taking part in the rescue operation. Screenshot from
Ellis Copeland | 10 November, 2018, 08:49

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.

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. There are at least 7 injured among the crew of the tanker, according to preliminary data.

The tanker had already left Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude, Reuters news agency reports. Eight of the ship's crew of 137 were injured, and two were taken to a nearby hospital, Rear.

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

He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

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The incident is undergoing investigation, both by the police and by the Accident Investigation Board Norway, officials told the BBC. The shipping site Sysla reported the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was on its way to Britain. The fuel was expected to evaporate quickly.

Helge Instad had been taking part in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture.

A Norwegian warship was repeatedly warned of its collision course with a Maltese oil tanker before then hitting it in a fjord, the BBC has been told. "Several offshore rigs that were pumping their production into the Sture terminal -a major export oil terminal- was shut down temporarily 'as a precautionary measure".

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 frigate lost power and control after the crash Sola, and the ship was pushed by tugboats into shallow water where it can't fully sink.

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