Norwegian newspaper Aldrimer reports that the oil tanker and maritime traffic authorities repeatedly radioed warnings to the frigate that they were on a collision path, but the Helge Ingstad's captain said it had control.
Images of the damage caused to #Norwegian #frigate #HELGE INGSTAD F313 from #collision with tanker SOLA TS.
Aerial footage taken by Norwegian coastal administration aircraft during the day shows the frigate partially submerged sitting on her starboard side on the rocks. All 137 crew members of the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad were evacuated. The Malta-flagged tanker, Sola TS -its way to Britain- did not sustain any major damage while it's 23-man crew remained on board.
Norway's Accident Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the collision, which also involved a tugboat.
A nearby oil terminal where the Maltese vessel had just loaded its cargo was closed to traffic on 5 November, in turn leading to a halt in production at five oil fields in the North Sea, according to business daily Dagens Naeringsliv. The fuel was expected to evaporate quickly.
At the time of the collision, the tanker was leaving the Sture terminal, 50 kilometres northwest of Bergen, transporting 625,000 litres of crude oil.
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 company said "the sture terminal and Kollsnes plant resumed operations Thursday afternoon after being shut down in connection with the collision".
The Accident Investigation Board added that because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Malta will participate in the investigation.
Update: 0700 UTC - according to latest reports frigate was taken to shallow waters to avoid sinking, water ingress is incontrollable.