A Norwegian Navy frigate was rammed by an oil tanker on Thursday at approximately 4 a.m. nearby time though it was docked on the country’s west coast, in accordance to the armed service. The crew of 127 was evacuated as the vessel took on h2o and commenced to sink.
Eight people were a little hurt in the incident on the KNM Helge Ingstad, which experienced not too long ago returned from the “Trident Juncture” NATO drill. Meanwhile, some 10,000 liters of helicopter gasoline leaked into the sea, according to Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard. The gas is envisioned to evaporate rapidly.
Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of Norway’s Navy stated that the cause of the incident is unclear, introducing that the frigate was pushed into shallow waters by tugboats so that it would not fully sink.
“We are in a protection section for the time getting,” he included.
The collision ripped an opening in the frigate’s hull, which was “taking in much more water than they can pump out,” according to the rescue center’s Eirik Walle. “There is no regulate over the leak and the stern is greatly in the sea.”
The Maltese-flagged oil tanker, Sola TS, was not destroyed in the incident, and its 23-gentleman crew remained onboard.
NorwegianNavy frigate KNM ‘Helge Ingstad‘ collided with oil tanker off western Norway. Frigate took on water with crew evacuated and rescue op underway.
— N South (@nat_ahoy) November 8, 2018
The 442-foot KNM Helge Ingstad value roughly $500 million USD, and was constructed in the Spanish Navantia shipyard between 2006 – 2011. The invest in provided 6 NH-90 helicopters which can operate from the ship.
The Helgewas just one of the most expensive buys the Norwegian navy has produced, and has a huge quantity of weapons and explosives on board.