Navy warship collides with oil tanker off Norwegian coast

The route of the tanker “Sola TS” after the collision. The blue dots are ships taking part in the rescue operation. Screenshot from

The route of the tanker “Sola TS” after the collision. The blue dots are ships taking part in the rescue operation. Screenshot from

A rescue operation is underway after a Norwegian Navy frigate reportedly lost control and collided with an oil tanker off Norway's coast.

Minor injuries were reported to seven people, according to Reuters.

A Norwegian Navy frigate was rammed by a tanker while it was docked in a harbor on the country's west coast Thursday, the military said.

The frigate's 137 crew members were evacuated amid fears that the warship may sink.

Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen.

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The ship, which had recently taken part in the vast Trident Juncture NATO military drill in Norway, is "strongly listing", Stensoenes told a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Eirik Walle, of Norway's rescue centre, told Norwegian news agency NTB the collision smashed a hole in the side of the warship.

The warship is now in danger of sinking, while the tanker, named the Sola TS, is slightly damaged and did not spill oil. He added that the cause of the accident was unclear. 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 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.

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

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Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard said the 442ft frigate, which had recently taken part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture, was listing, adding: "We have been told that there is a leak from the frigate".

The frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern.

The Sture oil terminal and the Kollsnes gas processing plant were shut down as a precautionary measure.

Several offshore rigs that were pumping their production into the Sture terminal, a major tanker port for crude oil, temporarily suspended the flow, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv reported.

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