365,000 Bpd Shut In After Tanker Collides With Norwegian Warship

10 November, 2018, 14:37 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Norwegian frigate

Norway's military says the 127-man crew on a Navy frigate has been evacuated after the ship was rammed by a Malta-flagged tanker while docked in a Norwegian harbour.

According to Rystad Energy, "The frigate Helge Ingstad sustained severe damage in the collision, which occurred only about 15 minutes after the tanker TS Sola, carrying approximately 600,000 barrels of oil, set sail under tow from Equinor's Sture terminal". Eight injured crew members were taken off as well as the other 129 on board.

The frigate, which recently took part in a major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercise, was aground and tilting on one side, live television pictures showed.

The Sture terminal receives oil via pipelines from North Sea fields, including Oseberg, Grane, Svalin, Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen, which in turn is exported to global markets on tankers.

The Sture terminal north-west of Bergen.

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

"This was a very serious accident and [the authorities] need the time to investigate", said John Erik Hagen, who is in charge of the Norwegian Coastal Administration's western region. There were fears it would sink as it took on water after the crash but it ran aground just off the shore near Bergen. He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

The Equinor Sture oil shipment terminal, from which the oil tanker left fully loaded, was closed as a precautionary measure but reopened Thursday.

Helge Ingstad took on water and all 137 personnel were evacuated, according to the statement, which added that eight suffered minor injuries.

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. Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta.

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