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Norwegian frigate collided with oil tanker - video

A very serious collision occurred on Thursday, November 8, off the coast of Norway when the KNM frigate ‘Helge Ingstad’ and the tanker T/S ‘Sola’ collided with each other during the night. The incident occurred when the Norwegian warship was on its way back from the NATO exercise “Trident Juncture”. At 4 a.m., a collision
Published: November 10, 2018 - 07:30
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:28
Norwegian frigate collided with oil tanker – video

A very serious collision occurred on Thursday, November 8, off the coast of Norway when the KNM frigate ‘Helge Ingstad’ and the tanker T/S ‘Sola’ collided with each other during the night. The incident occurred when the Norwegian warship was on its way back from the NATO exercise “Trident Juncture”.

At 4 a.m., a collision occurred between a modern 133-metre-long frigate and a huge 250-metre-long tanker. As a result of the collision, the frigate was severely damaged and began taking on water. The ship was diverted towards the shore, where it settled on the rocky bottom. The entire crew was evacuated.

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It is reported that 8 seafarers were injured as a result of the collision, but that their lives are not in danger. It was also reported that no one among the 23 crew members of the tanker was injured.

Rescue vessels pushed the sinking frigate onto the shoals around the Hjeltefjord group of islands. The ship came to rest on the bottom tilted and half-sunk. The prognosis is poor and it is expected that due to extensive damage and masses of water inside, the frigate cannot be salvaged. The vessel is very modern and highly automated. Replacement of the flooded systems may not be cost-effective enough to determine the withdrawal of the vessel from service.

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Another problem is the information that 10 000 litres of diesel oil, which is fuel for helicopters, has leaked from a Norwegian ship. The Norwegians assure us that the fuel will evaporate in a short time.

KNM Helge Ingstad *** Local Caption *** HNoMS Helge Ingstad

The ship’s current position also makes it difficult to remove the missile containers from the vertical launch pad. The fuel tanks are to be emptied first after the water has been pumped out.

The causes of the accident are being investigated by Norwegian police and the state accident investigation committee.

Source: thebarentsobserver.com
Photo: mediearkiv.forsvaret.no
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