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Bpd Shut In After Tanker Collides With Norwegian Warship

Bpd Shut In After Tanker Collides With Norwegian Warship

One Norwegian news outlet reports that according to tracking data, the frigate's geolocation system was turned off at the time of the collision, noting, however, that the armed forces of Norway have neither confirmed nor denied that. All 137 crew members of the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad were evacuated.

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.

Norwegian navy frigate KNM Helge Instad was crashed into by the other vessel and is rapidly taking on water.

The tanker, the Sola TS, was slightly damaged and it appears that it did not spill oil.

Seven people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen in the early hours of Thursday, rescuers say.

Stensoenes said the ship was "strongly listing" - or leaning to one side - and that it had been pushed by towboats into shallow water, where it can not fully sink. The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board, the Defense Accident Investigation Board and the Maltese Marine Safety Investigation Unit are all investing the incident. The collision tore a large hole in the hull of the vessel, which began taking on water and had to be pushed into shallow coastal waters by tugboats to keep it from sinking.

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The 62,000-ton tanker suffered minor damages and was towed to the terminal.

Helge Instad had been taking part in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture.

Some 10,000 litres of helicopter fuel from the frigate's tanks leaked into the sea, Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard said.

The NTB quoted fire officials as saying the frigate was listing.

The frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern. The tanker had left a nearby oil shipments terminal operated by Equinor carrying a cargo of North Sea crude oil.

NATO's "Trident Juncture", the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, launched in Norway on October 25 and is due to run until November 7.