Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Oil tanker & Norwegian Navy frigate ‘collide’ off country’s coast, 7 reported injured

Oil tanker & Norwegian Navy frigate ‘collide’ off country’s coast, 7 reported injured

"Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place", Nato's Allied Maritime Command said in a statement.

"Helge Ingstad took in water after the collision, lost control and then drifted aground".

All were evacuated after the warship collided with the Malta-flagged Solar TS tanker, which carried 23 people.

According to reports from the rescue crews, seven people have been lightly injured in the collision, and there has been no oil spilled from the tanker, which suffered a lot less damage than the frigate, which was returning from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military drill.

Eirik Walle, of Norway's rescue centre, told Norwegian news agency NTB the collision smashed a hole in the side of the warship.

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.

It was being towed out of the harbour when it somehow managed to ram the frigate.

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The Navy quickly evacuated all the crew except for 10 essential staff members to prevent a possible fuel leak.

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.

Tanker said not to suffer serious damages, as of 0530 UTC she was near collision site, moving in northern direction at dead slow speed, escorted by tug.

The two vessels collided at about 04:00 local time (03:00 GMT) as the frigate was sailing inner fjords for training, officials say.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board are trying to establish what exactly happened to trigger the crash.

The 134-meter (442-foot) long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern.

The Sture Oil Terminal processes about 500,000 barrels a day of North Sea oil, including oil from the Ivar Åssen, Grane and Edvard Grieg fields. The warship was launched in November 2007.

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