Oil tanker rams into Norwegian frigate, leaving eight injured

Oil tanker rams into Norwegian frigate, leaving eight injured

Eight people have been injured in a collision between Norwegian warship KNM Helge Ingstad and a Maltese oil tanker.

The 134-meter (442-foot) long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern. Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta. The military said the ship, which had recently taken part in the vast North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture, is taking on water.

He said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow water where it could not sink fully.

Video from the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue shows the aftermath of damage to the Norwegian frigate Helge Instad, after it was rammed by a Maltese-flagged oil tanker.

All of the frigate's 137 crew members were successfully evacuated, with eight of them sustaining light injuries during the collision.

The defence expert believes the weapons-carrying vessel and heavily loaded oil tanker had "huge luck".


The Sture oil terminal and the Kollsnes gas processing plant were shut down as a precautionary measure. The sites are operated by Equinor (formerly Statoil), one of the world's largest oil and gas companies.

No leak has been reported from the vessel. The warship was launched in November 2007.

Germany is the second largest contributor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise, coming in behind the United States. It was NATO's largest exercise in decades, involving 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles, 65 vessels, and 250 aircraft.

The scripted maneuvers during "Trident Juncture" are based on a hypothetical scenario where troops have to restore Norway's sovereignty following an attack by a "fictitious aggressor". NATO's latest exercise has angered Moscow, which slammed it as an "anti-Russian" and "provocative".

The Norwegian Armed Forces are leading the recovery operation in close co-operation with the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

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