Attempts to stop Norwegian warship sinking after tanker collision

Norwegian frigate

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

Helge Ingstad took on water and all 137 personnel were evacuated, according to the statement, which added that eight suffered minor injuries. "The damage was such that the frigate was no longer stable and was not able to float sufficiently", a Norwegian Navy officer, Sigurd Smith, told reporters.

Eight people were injured in the crash and the warship's crew of 127 have been evacuated from the listing vessel.

The Norwegian frigate KNM %3CI%3EHelge Ingstad%3C/I%3E takes on water after a collision with the Maltese-flagged tanker %3CI%3ESola TS%3C/I%3E on 8 November 2018 in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway.

Norway's emergency services have confirmed the Helge Instad is sinking as there is "no control over the leak".

Norway's Accident Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the collision, which also involved a tugboat.

The tanker had set sail from Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude.

Update: Frigate understood to sustain stb bow hull breach with massive water ingress, she's said to develop heavy bow tilt.

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The two vessels collided at about 04:00 local time (03:00 GMT) as the frigate was sailing inner fjords for training, officials say.

According to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a 10-cubic metre helicopter fuel tank on the frigate was ruptured.

A small oil slick has surrounded the ship following the collision.

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

"We are doing everything we can to save the ship", Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen told AFP.

Although the tanker was undamaged, the £465 million frigate took on large quantities of water and was in danger of sinking when the captain took her into shallower water before running her aground.

The KNM Helgeelge Ingstad had been returning from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercises.

An image of the ship tipped to one side was posted with the comment.

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