Posted on November 14, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Royal Norwegian Navy Frigate, Helge Ingstad, has now almost completely sank, following a collision with an oil tanker on November the 8th.
Following the collision, the Norwegian Navy went immediately to work trying to stabilize the sinking vessel. They placed several wires across the ship, in an effort to stop the frigate from sliding any further into deeper waters.
However, during the night of November 13th, the steel wires that were being used to anchor the vessel in place snapped, leading to the vessel now being almost completely submerged, with only the radar and its antennas remaining above the waterline.
Norway has enlisted the services of Norwegian offshore service provider BOA management, in an effort to try and reclaim the vessel.
BOA has begun preparatory work to that end, with plans that call for the gradual lifting and transferring of the vessel onto a semi-submersible barge.
However, no matter how intent the Norwegian Navy might be on continuing the salvage and repair operations on the Ingstad, realistically, chances are the vessel might never get to sail again.
Original Story Below:
A Norwegian Navy frigate collided with an oil tanker at approximately 3:00 UTC on November the 8th.
The incident occurred in the North Sea, north of Bergen, Norway.
The Norwegian Navy vessel, KMS Helge Ingstad, was returning from NATO’s Trident Juncture military exercise, when it collided with the Maltese-flagged, Greek-owned, Sola TS, Aframax class vessel, which had just left Equinor’s Sture oil shipment terminal carrying a cargo of crude oil.
No major injuries were reported as a result of the collision with only a small number of the frigate crew receiving minor injuries.
The frigate itself however was severely damaged during the accident and has been taking on water since. The 137 members of crew of the frigate had to be evacuated, and the frigate itself has been taken to shallow waters as to avoid sinking.
The tanker itself is currently returning to port for inspection but hasn’t sustained any significant damage in the process, and its crew of 23 hasn’t reported any injuries.
In the meantime, the Sture oil export terminal has been shut down as a precautionary measure.
According to Equinor, it is unclear for how long the terminal will remain closed.