Oil tanker, Norwegian frigate collide
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.
The Norwegian frigate tilts on its side.