Norwegian Frigate Rammed By Oil Tanker, Listing in Shallow Water

Norwegian Frigate Rammed By Oil Tanker, Listing in Shallow Water

KNM Helge Ingstad (F313) is one of the Norwegian navy's five frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen class.

Norway has evacuated the entire crew of one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with an oil tanker.

The warship is now in danger of sinking, while the tanker, named the Sola TS, is slightly damaged and did not spill oil.

Up to eight people were injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway, when the KNM Helge Ingstad crashed into a vessel from Malta.

Norway's emergency services have confirmed the Helge Instad is sinking as there is "no control over the leak".

The tanker had already left Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude, Reuters news agency reports.

Update: Frigate understood to sustain stb bow hull breach with massive water ingress, she's said to develop heavy bow tilt.

According to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a 10-cubic metre helicopter fuel tank on the frigate was ruptured. The frigate has been listing dangerously.

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A small oil slick has surrounded the ship following the collision.

Rear Admiral Stensoenes said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow waters where it could not sink fully.

The 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.

"The armed forces are now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad", navy Lt. Col. Ivar Moen said.

An image published by Norwegian broadcaster NRK showed that water had nearly reached the level of the frigate's helicopter platform.

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.

The frigate was part of NATO's Standing Naval Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1), which participated in the live portion of Exercise "Trident Juncture 2018", which ended on 7 November.

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

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