Oil tanker, Nor­we­gian frigate collide

The West Australian - - WORLD -

An oil tanker and a Nor­we­gian navy frigate have col­lided off Nor­way’s west coast, in­jur­ing eight peo­ple and trig­ger­ing the tem­po­rary shut­down of a North Sea crude ex­port ter­mi­nal, Nor­way’s top gas pro­cess­ing plant and sev­eral off­shore fields.

The frigate, which re­cently took part in a ma­jor NATO mil­i­tary ex­er­cise, was aground and tilt­ing on one side, live tele­vi­sion pic­tures showed.

The Nor­we­gian mil­i­tary was at­tempt­ing to save the ship.

“We are work­ing on sta­bil­is­ing the ves­sel,” Counter-Ad­mi­ral Nils An­dreas Sten­soenes said yes­ter­day, adding the eight in­jured were all navy crew. About 137 crew had been aboard.

“We are very glad that no lives got lost and that the in­juries are not more se­ri­ous than they are,” he said.

Po­lice and the na­tional Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Board are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent.

The tanker had left Equinor’s Sture oil ship­ment ter­mi­nal with a cargo of crude and the fa­cil­ity was shut for sev­eral hours as a re­sult.

There was no sign of a leak from the oil tanker, though it would re­turn to port for in­spec­tion, the Joint Res­cue Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre for south­ern Nor­way said.

Pic­ture: AP

The Nor­we­gian frigate tilts on its side.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.