Tanker collides with Norwegian frigate

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

Norwegian oil giant Equinor has announced that it has "resumed operations" after it shutdown all operations at its Sture terminal following a tanker collision near the city of Bergen.

The frigate Helge Ingstad sustained severe damage in the collision, which occurred only about 15 minutes after the tanker TS Sola, carrying approximately 600,000 barrels of oil, set sail under tow from Equinor's Sture terminal.

"We are working on stabilizing the vessel", Norwegian Navy Counter-Admiral Nils Andreas Stensoenes told a news conference, adding that the eight injured were all Navy crew.

The tanker, which had an uninjured crew of 23, returned to port for inspection.

The Trident Juncture 18 live drills concluded on November 7 in Norway. The ship was put up on the rocky shore two to three miles of the Sture Terminal.

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

"It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is", an official for the rescue centre added. "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".




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

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 military said.

An image of the ship tipped to one side was posted with the comment.

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

No leak from that vessel was reported.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board, which has opened an inquiry, had initially said a tugboat had also been involved in the collision but the Navy later denied that.

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