Frigate In Collision
(Source: Norwegian Armed Forces; issued Nov 08, 2018)
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The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was grounded in the early hours of this morning after she began to take on water after colliding with the Maltese tanker Sola TS. She was participating in Exercise Trident Juncture. (Forsvaret photo)
The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad has been involved in a collision with the tanker Sola TS. All personnel are now evacuated, eight people have had slight injuries and are being taken care of.

A press conference will be held at. 13.00 on Haakonsvern. Attendance at the gate at Haakonsvern base by noon. 12.45.

The collision took place around 4:00 on Thursday morning in Hjeltefjord, north of Sotra. The frigate KNM Helge Ingstad collided with the oil tanker Sola TS. The frigate started to take on water and the crew was evacuated.

All 137 people who were on board the vessel have been evacuated. Eight people have suffered minor injuries and are now being taken care of.

The armed forces
The frigate was sailing as part of NATO's standing naval force (SNMG1) when the incident occurred.


Oil Tanker and Frigate Collide Off Norway, Seven Injured
(Source: Agence France Presse; published Nov 11, 2018)
OSLO --- A Norwegian navy frigate and a Maltese oil tanker collided in a fjord in western Norway on Thursday, local authorities said, with seven people receiving minor injuries.

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, was evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, Norway's army said.

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

An image published by Norwegian broadcaster NRK showed that water had almost reached the level of the frigate's helicopter platform.

A total of 137 people were on board the frigate while 23 were on the tanker, which was flying the Maltese flag, the official said.

The 62,000-tonne tanker received only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal, the rescue centre official said.

"A small oil slick from the frigate has been detected but nothing large," the official added.

The circumstances of the accident, which took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, are not yet clear.

"The armed forces is now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad," Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen told AFP.

Built in 2009, the KNM Helge Ingstad participated in chemical disarmament operations in Syria between December 2013 and May 2014.


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