Norwegian frigate could sink after being rammed in harbor

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"[The collision is] fairly unusual given that one is a highly modern military vessel - the pride of the Norwegian navy - which should detect and avoid a huge tanker".

At 04:03 this Thursday morning (local time) off the coast of Norway, the frigate of the Norwegian Navy KNM Helge Ingstad lost control and collided with the tanker Sola TS, reports the local newspaper VG with reference to Lieutenant Colonel and spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, Vegard Finberg.

The footage, which was posted on Twitter, shows the warship resting on its side in shallow water near the coastline where the vessel was beached to avoid sinking.

According to Tu.no, seven people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen in the early hours of Thursday. Eight of the ship's crew of 137 were injured, and two were taken to a nearby hospital, Rear.

Comment: Again, laden massive cargo ship collided with Navy frigate, similar to accidents which occurred with USA Nay frigates in Japan and off Singapore, recently. Aframax tanker in full load is restricted in maneuverability by definition, while frigate, by definition, is speedy maneuverable vehicle, supposedly always ready for unsafe situation, manned by a numerous crew.

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

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Police and the national Accident Investigation Board were investigating the accident, which took place at 0326 GMT.

The Navy quickly evacuated all the crew except for 10 essential staff members to prevent a possible fuel leak.

The Sture Oil Terminal processes about 500,000 barrels a day of North Sea oil, including oil from the Ivar Åssen, Grane and Edvard Grieg fields.

The Norwegian government shares ownership of the Sture terminal with some of the country's largest oil producers, including Equinor.

The Accident Investigation Board added that because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation.

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