Fears for frigate af­ter col­li­sion

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - WORLD NEWS -

A Navy frigate car­ry­ing a crew of 137 was rammed by a tanker while in a har­bour on the coun­try’s west coast, tear­ing a large hole in its side, the mil­i­tary has said.

Eight peo­ple on the KNM Helge In­stad were slightly in­jured, two of whom were taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal, in the 4am ac­ci­dent in Sture, north of Ber­gen, said Rear Ad­mi­ral Nils An­dreas Sten­soenes, the head of Nor­way’s Navy.

The crew were evac­u­ated amid fears the ves­sel would sink.

The ship, which had re­cently taken part in the vast Nato drill Tri­dent Junc­ture in Nor­way, is “strongly list­ing”, Rear Ad­mi­ral Sten­soenes told a news con­fer­ence.

The frigate was ly­ing in the wa­ter al­most on its side with its stern un­der the wa­ter.

The Mal­tese-flagged tanker, Sola TS, was not dam­aged and its 23man crew re­mained on board.

The ship­ping site Sysla re­ported the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was on its way to the UK.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Sten­soenes said the cause of the ac­ci­dent was not clear and the Navy would wait for the find­ings of Nor­way’s Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Board.

Tugs push the frigate into shal­lower wa­ter

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