Helge Ingstad: Norway warship ‘warned’ before collision
A Norwegian warship was once time and again warned of its collision route with a Maltese oil tanker before then hitting it in a fjord, the BBC has realized.
The KNM Helge Ingstad has been list dangerously since Thursday’s collision within the Hjeltefjord close to Bergen.
All 137 of its team had been evacuated and 8 other people had been injured.
The frigate was once coming back from Nato army workouts. The tanker, the Sola TS, was once quite broken however it seems that that it didn’t spill oil.
The early morning incident resulted in the brief shutdown of a significant oil terminal and a gasoline plant.
Who knew what, when?
Communication between the vessels and the maritime site visitors centre was once recorded previous to the “very uncommon” collision, a spokesperson instructed the BBC.
“This was a very serious accident and [the authorities] need the time to investigate,” stated John Erik Hagen, who’s in command of the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s western area.
He would now not verify additional main points as reported by way of a Norwegian defence and safety web page, which broke the scoop that the 2 vessels may see every different and adopted verbal exchange protocols on an open channel.
“The tanker, which was heading northbound, contacted the frigate, heading southbound, to ask if they had a plan to safely pass them as they seemed to be on a collision course,” Kjetil Stormark, the editor of AldriMer.no instructed the BBC.
Quoting key resources, he stated, “The response was: ‘We have everything under control.'”
The incident is present process investigation, each by way of the police and by way of the Accident Investigation Board Norway, officers instructed the BBC.
Mr Stomark says that for the reason that tanker was once “slow, heavy and much larger”, it was once the warship’s accountability to transport round it.
“[The collision is] fairly unusual given that one is a highly modern military vessel – the pride of the Norwegian navy – which should detect and avoid a huge tanker.”
The defence skilled believes the weapons-carrying vessel and closely loaded oil tanker had “huge luck”.
“The magnitude of that collision – it could have been a huge catastrophe, environmentally and with casualties,” Mr Stomark.
What came about on Thursday?
The two vessels collided at about 04:00 native time (03:00 GMT) because the frigate, a part of Nato’s fleet, was once crusing inside fjords for coaching, officers say.
“Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place,” Nato’s Allied Maritime Command stated in a remark.
The tanker had already left Equinor’s Sture oil terminal with a shipment of North Sea crude, Reuters information company studies.
The tanker, which had an unhurt team of 23, returned to port for inspection.
An unnamed reputable instructed AFP information company “small oil slick” were detected from the frigate.
“It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is,” the reputable stated.