Helge Ingstad: Norway warship 'warned' before collision

Helge Ingstad: Norway warship 'warned' before collision

Helge Ingstad: Norway warship 'warned' before collision

A Norwegian Navy warship was rammed by an oil tanker while it was docked in a harbour on the country's west coast, injuring eight crew members.

The footage, which was posted on Twitter, shows the warship resting on its side in shallow water near the coastline where the vessel was beached to avoid sinking.

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.

"The frigate lost control and began drifting ashore with 137 people aboard".

The 62,000-ton tanker suffered minor damages and was towed to the terminal.

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

Norway's Accident Investigation Board said a towboat was also involved in the accident.

These included the Sture export oil terminal, the Kollsnes gas plant and several offshore oilfields, all of which resumed operation later this afternoon. The frigate was lying in the water nearly on its side with its stern under the water.

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

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

"It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is", an official for the Sola rescue centre told AFP. He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad, right, after a collision with the tanker Sola TS, in Oygarden, Norway, Thursday Nov. 8, 2018.

Norway's largest oil and gas company Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, said it shut down non-emergency activities at the Sture terminal where the collision occurred "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.

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