Norwegian frigate could sink after being rammed in harbor

Norwegian frigate

Norwegian frigate

The Navy fears that the frigate will slip off the rocks and sink, with tugboats trying to keep it in place under the watchful eye of several Navy vessels.

The Maltese-flagged oil tanker, Sola TS, was not damaged and its 23-man crew remained on board.

According to reports from the rescue crews, seven people have been lightly injured in the collision, and there has been no oil spilled from the tanker, which suffered a lot less damage than the frigate, which was returning from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military drill.

It was being towed out of the harbour when it somehow managed to ram the frigate.

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

Update: Frigate understood to sustain stb bow hull breach with massive water ingress, she's said to develop heavy bow tilt.

The frigate Helge Ingstad, now listing heavily to its port side, is loaded with torpedoes and weapons systems said to be unstable as a result of the collision.

A small oil slick has surrounded the ship following the collision.

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The Maltese oil tanker was carrying about 625,000 barrels of crude, but officials said none spilled after Thursday's collision.

Images of the frigate published online and broadcast on television showed the frigate was partly underwater and had been moved near the shore.

"The armed forces is now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad", Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen told AFP.

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate was launched in November 2007 and measures 134 metres long.

Rear Admiral Stensoenes said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow waters where it could not sink fully.

The frigate had recently taken part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise.

Comment: Again, laden massive cargo ship collided with Navy frigate, similar to accidents which occurred with USA Nay frigates in Japan and off Singapore, recently.

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