Oil tanker rams into Norwegian frigate, leaving eight injured

Oil tanker rams into Norwegian frigate, leaving eight injured

The frigate has been listing dangerously.

In connection with the collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the tanker Sola TS at the Sture terminal in Øygarden Equinor will gradually shut down operations at Sture.

The frigate was taking a lot of water and seven of its crew were injured, police told the newspaper, adding that everyone aboard the vessels has already been evacuated.

The frigate was returning from a NATO military exercise when it collided with a tanker which left Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude.

The 137 crew of the naval vessel KNM Helge Ingstad -which had been returning from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercises- have been evacuated.

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

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The tanker, which has a crew of 23, was returning to port for inspection.

Coast guard deputy director Johan Marius Ly said helicopter fuel has leaked from the frigate. It had recently taken part in NATO's large-scale Trident Juncture military exercises, where it was engaged in submarine hunting maneuvers. It's unclear how long the Sture terminal will remain closed. "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".

Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway's army said.

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

Crude oil tanker SOLA TS, IMO 9724350, dwt 112939, built 2017, flag Malta, manager Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) SA.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the collision, which also involved a tugboat.

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